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Wichita Police: 'BTK Is Arrested'
Fox News ^ | 26 Feb | AP

Posted on 02/26/2005 9:34:05 AM PST by stm

WICHITA, Kan. — Police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect they believe is the notorious BTK serial killer (search) who terrorized Wichita (search) throughout the 1970s and then resurfaced about a year ago after 25 years of silence.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: btk; dennis; killer; lazypolicedetectives; rader; serial; wichita
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I hope this is really him. Burn baby burn.
1 posted on 02/26/2005 9:34:05 AM PST by stm
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To: stm

Ya well, how come it took so long?


2 posted on 02/26/2005 9:34:33 AM PST by Enterprise (President Bush thought Wead was a friend. Turns out he was just a big fat tape worm.)
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To: Enterprise

Jonbenet Ramsey was killed in '96 and Denver police are still dragging ass on it.


3 posted on 02/26/2005 9:36:46 AM PST by stm
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I always thought BTK had something to do with Burger King.


4 posted on 02/26/2005 9:37:57 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: stm

Bush did it.


5 posted on 02/26/2005 9:38:11 AM PST by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: stm
Jonbenet Ramsey was killed in '96 and Denver police are still dragging ass on it.

Money can "fix" anything.

6 posted on 02/26/2005 9:38:17 AM PST by balrog666 (A myth by any other name is still inane.)
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To: stm

True. Maybe sometime in 2026 they will solve it.


7 posted on 02/26/2005 9:39:15 AM PST by Enterprise (President Bush thought Wead was a friend. Turns out he was just a big fat tape worm.)
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To: stm

I hope this is really him. Burn baby burn.



In hell maybe but there is no death penalty available in Kansas for this crime(s)......


8 posted on 02/26/2005 9:39:53 AM PST by deport (Other states try to abolish the death penality, my state`s putting in an express lane."..TaterSalad)
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To: Enterprise

Bush's fault.


9 posted on 02/26/2005 9:41:37 AM PST by buffyt (It is important to protect people from a local crime - what about an entire nation??????)
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To: deport

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By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press Writer

WICHITA, Kan. - Police said Saturday they have arrested a man they believe is the notorious BTK serial killer who terrorized Wichita throughout the 1970s and then resurfaced about a year ago after 25 years of silence.

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"The bottom line: BTK is arrested," Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams said at a news conference in Wichita with some of the victims' family members.

BTK investigator Lt. Ken Landwehr identified the suspect as Dennis Rader, a 59-year-old city worker in nearby Park City, who was arrested Friday at his suburban home.

The BTK killer — a self-coined nickname that stands for "Bind, Torture, Kill" — had been linked to eight killings committed between 1974 and 1986. Police said Saturday they have attributed two more slayings to BTK, from 1985 and 1991.

No charges had been filed Saturday. Prosecutor Nola Foulston said that while there is no statute of limitations for homicide, the death penalty would not apply to any crime committed before 1994, when the death penalty was introduced in Kansas.

BTK sent letters to media about the crimes in the 1970s, but stopped for more than two decades before re-establishing contact last March with a letter about an unsolved 1986 killing.

Since then, authorities said the killer has sent at least eight letters to the media or police, including three packages containing jewelry that police believed may have been taken from BTK's victims. One letter contained the driver's license of victim Nancy Fox.

The new letters sent chills through Wichita, but also rekindled hope that modern forensic science could find some clue that would finally lead police to a killer most thought was dead or safely locked in prison for some other crime.

Thousands of tips poured in, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation conducted hundreds of DNA swabs in connection with the BTK investigation.

A source with knowledge of the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity said surveillance gave police their "first big piece" of recent evidence, leading authorities to a vehicle and the suspect.

One of the victims newly identified by police, 53-year-old Marine Hedge, lived on Rader's street in Park City. She was abducted from her home in 1985, and her body was found eight days later along a dirt road.

Investigators searched Rader's house Friday and seized computer equipment.

"This has not been an easy task," Wichita Mayor Carlos Mayans said Saturday. "Our fine police department has been, at times, questioned. Their competence was questioned, and their actions were often second-guessed.

"But all the while, these officers were steadfast in their commitment to solve the biggest police case in Wichita's history," Mayans said.

The BTK slayings began in 1974 with the strangulations of Joseph Otero, 38, his wife, Julie, 34, and their two children.

The letters began that same year, with poems and graphic descriptions of the crimes. The killer even called police with details of Nancy Fox's 1977 slaying.

When one of his messages, a poem sent to The Wichita Eagle-Beacon in 1978, was mistakenly routed to the classified ads department, BTK sent a letter to KAKE-TV days later complaining: "How many do I have to kill before I get my name in the paper or some national attention?"

 

Another letter to the newspaper also underscored BTK's need for recognition.

"How about some name for me, its time: 7 down and many more to go," it read in part. "I like the following. How about you? 'THE B.T.K STRANGLER, 'WICHITA STRANGLER', 'POETIC STRANGLER', 'THE BONDAGE STRANGER' OR 'PSYCHO', 'THE WICHITA HANGMAN', 'THE WICHITA EXECUTIONER,' 'THE GAROTE PHATHOM', 'THE ASPHYXIATER'."

The letters stopped in the late 1970s, but picked up last March, when a letter arrived at The Wichita Eagle with information on an unsolved 1986 killing, a copy of the victim's driver's license and photos of her slain body.

The return address on the letter said it was from Bill Thomas Killman — initials BTK. The address appeared to refer to a now-vacant building.

Police have been extremely tight-lipped about the case in the past year.

In December, the arrest of a Wichita resident on minor charges sparked widespread speculation of a possible link to BTK. That man, who had no connection to the case, later filed a defamation lawsuit against media outlets.

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11 posted on 02/26/2005 9:44:54 AM PST by deport (Other states try to abolish the death penality, my state`s putting in an express lane."..TaterSalad)
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This is an undated photo from the Website of the city of Park City, Kan., showing Dennis Rader, supervisor of the compliance department. Officials in Witchita, Kan., announced the arrest of Rader in connection with the BTK serial killer case, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005. (AP Photo)
Sat Feb 26,12:05 PM ET
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This is an undated photo from the Website of the city of Park City, Kan., showing Dennis Rader, supervisor of the compliance department. Officials in Witchita, Kan., announced the arrest of Rader in connection with the BTK serial killer case, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005. (AP Photo)

12 posted on 02/26/2005 9:45:46 AM PST by deport (Other states try to abolish the death penality, my state`s putting in an express lane."..TaterSalad)
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To: billorites

you're confusing him with the BK Big Fish sandwich...

assuming he's transported a dead or live body across state lines somewhere during his crime sprees, wouldn't that make it a federal case and thereby subject to the death penalty irregardless of KS not having the big DP?

I hope so. This freak should be bound and lit on fire.
see how he likes it.


15 posted on 02/26/2005 9:56:01 AM PST by Rakkasan1 (no government program is ever a failure-it's just 'underfunded'...)
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To: Strategerist

Of course, several Nashville stars had contact with this family, too.


20 posted on 02/26/2005 10:11:54 AM PST by ArtyFO
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To: PAR35

How bout Texas?


21 posted on 02/26/2005 10:13:45 AM PST by Dadofmany
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To: Strategerist

Oh no! Here comes Gretta! At least she will have somthing to get her away from michael.


22 posted on 02/26/2005 10:16:32 AM PST by Dadofmany
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Ya had to do it didn't ya! Ya just HAD to mention the "G" word! Now it's all BTK, all the time!
24 posted on 02/26/2005 10:18:27 AM PST by Enterprise (President Bush thought Wead was a friend. Turns out he was just a big fat tape worm.)
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To: balrog666
Money can "fix" anything

Just ask O.J.

25 posted on 02/26/2005 10:20:02 AM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: deport

AMW has it up on their website too.


28 posted on 02/26/2005 10:22:23 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (EEE)
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To: stm

At least get your facts straight. The murder was in Boulder, a world away from Denver.


29 posted on 02/26/2005 10:26:24 AM PST by cosine
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Hope an arrest wasn't forced by presstitutes and polidiots before they honestly have the real BKT SOB .........this compliance job he had gave him opportunity to wander the neighborhoods an such I suppose. These city compliance weenies are the ones who regulate / enforce how many engine blocks ya can have in one tree aren't they ?


30 posted on 02/26/2005 10:28:55 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Maria S

"I can only imagine how the liberal press is going to tie the Christian/love of God theme in with this Radar nutcake."


Their boy, Bubba Clinton toyed with a bible in public, and played around with a cigar in private. (pun)


31 posted on 02/26/2005 10:36:15 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: ArtyFO

Please link your findings so we can follow.... thanks.


35 posted on 02/26/2005 10:57:05 AM PST by deport (Other states try to abolish the death penality, my state`s putting in an express lane."..TaterSalad)
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To: stm

But that is deliberate because of the wealth and politics of the parents. It's the old Ted Kennedy form of justice.


36 posted on 02/26/2005 10:58:28 AM PST by Luke21
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To: AGreatPer

I'm getting the red x.

:(


39 posted on 02/26/2005 11:06:05 AM PST by cyncooper
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To: gopwinsin04; EllaMinnow

It looks like it's a different guy. False alarm!


41 posted on 02/26/2005 11:10:43 AM PST by cyncooper
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Dennis Rader that was arrested as the BTK murderer

Different bio than what you are posting...

Posted on Sat, Feb. 26, 2005

Who is Dennis Rader?


Dennis L. Rader, 59, has worked as a compliance supervisor for Park City in charge of animal control, nuisances, inoperable vehicles and general code compliance since about 1990.

He grew up in the Park City area and has lived there ever since.

He worked for Coleman in the early 1970s -- as did two of BTK's early victims.

He served in the military during the Vietnam era and worked for years at a home security company in Wichita.

He attended WSU -- long linked to the BTK case -- where he graduated in 1979 with a major in Administration of Justice.

He is married and has grown children.


Musician


Dennis Rader that was arrested...


42 posted on 02/26/2005 11:13:14 AM PST by deport (Other states try to abolish the death penality, my state`s putting in an express lane."..TaterSalad)
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So, what made his daughter suspicious enough to alert the police and volunteer her DNA?

Did she recognize the necklace police showed some weeks back?

Was she subjected to some form of binding as a child?

Both?


43 posted on 02/26/2005 11:16:17 AM PST by G Larry (Aggressively promote conservative judges!)
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To: deport

Thank you. We got it straight now. These are two different persons. Sure don't want to cause any inconvenience for Dennis Rader is Florida.


44 posted on 02/26/2005 11:21:38 AM PST by AGreatPer
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Yep two different people.... bios don't match nor do their pictures or work locations.....


45 posted on 02/26/2005 11:23:11 AM PST by deport (Other states try to abolish the death penality, my state`s putting in an express lane."..TaterSalad)
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To: deport

Looks like a mild mannered guy just from the photo, same first name as my husband and same religion. Scary that this guy was able to avoid capture all these years. Sure looks like Joe Anybody.


46 posted on 02/26/2005 1:29:15 PM PST by buffyt (It is important to protect people from a local crime - what about an entire nation??????)
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To: Rakkasan1

If in fact he did transport them across a state line it could very well become a Fed case. Depending on the strength of the evidence (IIRC there is a DNA match) I would hope they would push for the needle.


47 posted on 02/26/2005 2:27:24 PM PST by stm
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To: Enterprise

I hope Nancy Grace joins in, I think she's a hoot


48 posted on 02/26/2005 2:28:29 PM PST by stm
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To: cosine

You're right, my bad!


49 posted on 02/26/2005 2:29:59 PM PST by stm
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To: stm

Greta, Nancy Grace, Nancy Skinner, and Rita Cosby. Yowsers, the ladies will be panting hard to break each new detail!


50 posted on 02/26/2005 2:32:16 PM PST by Enterprise (President Bush thought Wead was a friend. Turns out he was just a big fat tape worm.)
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