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Cub Scout Leader Arrested in BTK Killings
Associated Press ^ | February 26, 2005 | Roxana Hegeman

Posted on 02/26/2005 5:16:30 PM PST by AntiGuv

WICHITA, Kan. - A 31-year manhunt for a serial killer who taunted police with letters about his crimes ended Saturday when authorities said they finally caught up with the man who called himself BTK and linked him to at least 10 murders.

The suspect was identified as Dennis L. Rader, a 59-year-old city worker in nearby Park City, who was arrested Friday. Police did not say how they identified Rader as a suspect or whether he has said anything since his arrest.

"The bottom line: BTK is arrested," Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams said Saturday, setting off applause from a crowd that included family members of some of the victims.

BTK — a self-coined nickname that stands for "Bind, Torture, Kill" — stoked fears throughout the 1970s in Wichita, a manufacturing center with 350,000 residents, about 180 miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo.

Then the killer resurfaced about a year ago after 25 years of silence. He had been linked to eight slayings between 1974 and 1986, but police said Saturday they had identified two more, from 1985 and 1991.

Rader, a Cub Scout leader who was active at his Lutheran church, lived with his wife, neighbors said. Public records indicate they have two grown children. Messages left for family members were not returned on Saturday, and no one answered the door at the home of his in-laws.

A few neighbors recalled receiving small favors from Rader, but most interviewed Saturday said the municipal codes enforcement supervisor was an unpleasant man who often went looking for reasons to cite his neighbors for violations of city codes.

"A part of me was scared when I heard, because I talked to him. It's a little creepy," said Chris Yoder, 23, who once lived nearby.

Rader has yet to be charged, but a jubilant collection of law enforcers and community leaders told the crowd in City Council chambers they were confident the long-running case could now be closed.

"Victims whose voices were brutally silenced by the evil of one man will now have their voices heard again," Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline said.

Rader was being held at an undisclosed location, and it was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer. In Kansas, suspects generally appear before a judge for a status hearing within 48 hours of their arrest.

Prosecutor Nola Foulston said the death penalty would not apply to any crime committed before 1994, when the death penalty was introduced in Kansas.

The BTK slayings began in 1974 with the strangulations of Joseph Otero, 38, his wife, Julie, 34, and their two children. The six victims that followed were all women, and most were strangled.

Along with his grisly crimes, the killer terrorized Wichita by sending rambling letters to the media, including one in which he named himself BTK for "Bind them, Torture them, Kill them." In another he complained, "How many do I have to kill before I get my name in the paper or some national attention?"

But he stopped communicating in 1979 and remained silent for more than two decades before re-establishing contact last March with a letter to The Wichita Eagle about an unsolved 1986 killing.

The letter included 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.

Since then, the killer had 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 the killer.

Thousands of tips poured in, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation gathered thousands of DNA swabs in connection with the BTK investigation. In the end, DNA evidence was the key to cracking the case, said Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

"The way they made the link was some DNA evidence, that they had some DNA connection to the guy who they arrested," Sebelius said in an interview with The Associated Press. She did not elaborate.

The two newly identified cases were similar to the early ones with one exception, Sedgwick County Sheriff Gary Stead said: The bodies had been removed from the crime scenes. One of the victims lived on the same street as Rader.

"We as investigators keep an open mind. But only now are we able to bring them together as BTK cases," he said.

On Friday, investigators searched Rader's house and seized computer equipment.

Authorities, who generally declined to answer questions in detail after announcing the arrest, had little to say about why BTK resurfaced after years without contact.

"It is possible something in his life has changed. I think he felt the need to get his story out," said Richard LaMunyon, Wichita's police chief from 1963 to 1989.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: btk; dennisrader; murder; serialkiller; wichita
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1 posted on 02/26/2005 5:16:31 PM PST by AntiGuv
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To: AntiGuv

59 years old...


2 posted on 02/26/2005 5:17:44 PM PST by k2blader (It is neither compassionate nor conservative to support the expansion of socialism.)
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To: AntiGuv

If I just read the headline I would assume that "cub scout leader" was the only thing he's done in his life aside from being a serial killer.


3 posted on 02/26/2005 5:20:03 PM PST by cripplecreek (The crippled stool is the cadillac of poopin stools.)
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To: AntiGuv

Does any one have a pic?


4 posted on 02/26/2005 5:21:27 PM PST by marmar (Even though I may look different then you...my blood runs red, white and blue.....)
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To: AntiGuv
I see how they picked out the "cub scouts" to qualify this guy...."Boy Scouts aid, abate and harbor serial killer"
5 posted on 02/26/2005 5:21:36 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: AntiGuv
I'll Find Any Lost Dog Or Your Money Back!


6 posted on 02/26/2005 5:22:04 PM PST by cmsgop (No Moleste Por Favor !!!!!!!!! No Moleste, Por Favor !!!!!!!!!)
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To: marmar

See #6


7 posted on 02/26/2005 5:22:32 PM PST by cmsgop (No Moleste Por Favor !!!!!!!!! No Moleste, Por Favor !!!!!!!!!)
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To: NorCalRepub

I already heard him described as a Christian church goer. Let the spin begin!


8 posted on 02/26/2005 5:22:41 PM PST by Hoodlum91
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To: AntiGuv

This guy fit right into middle America. He could have been a neighbor, brother or coworker. Scary.


9 posted on 02/26/2005 5:23:18 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: AntiGuv
most interviewed Saturday said the municipal codes enforcement supervisor was an unpleasant man who often went looking for reasons to cite his neighbors for violations of city codes

Kill him.

10 posted on 02/26/2005 5:23:19 PM PST by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: cripplecreek
Every thing he did was as harrowing as being a Cub Scout Leader.

He also installed ADT systems, the need for which was generated by his killings.

Imagine that maniac in your home with you, installing a security system.

11 posted on 02/26/2005 5:24:36 PM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: Hoodlum91

I'm sure he home schooled his children as well. (sarc)


12 posted on 02/26/2005 5:25:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (The crippled stool is the cadillac of poopin stools.)
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To: Hoodlum91

Musta' been ELCA.


13 posted on 02/26/2005 5:27:04 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Equally offending all people equally - pursuant to the directives of the CRA of 1964)
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To: cmsgop

Amazing he doesn't look evil.........Thanx....


14 posted on 02/26/2005 5:27:46 PM PST by marmar (Even though I may look different then you...my blood runs red, white and blue.....)
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To: cripplecreek

Who knows what this guys is?

On one side of the page:

Red State White Male
Cub Scout Leader

And on the other

Government Worker

Strange Indeed.


15 posted on 02/26/2005 5:28:37 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: marmar

If he did the crime, and DNA is tough to beat, he is evil.


16 posted on 02/26/2005 5:30:15 PM PST by Thebaddog (Dawgs off the coffee table.)
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To: trumandogz

7:31 CST: Thank God the Drudgereport is reporting the REAL news like George Bush winning a Golden Raspberry Award, the latest on Camilla and the Jerry Springer opera instead of the capture of a serial killer.


17 posted on 02/26/2005 5:33:02 PM PST by Electrowoman
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To: AntiGuv
Click

THE VICTIMS » The timeline » Mapping the killings
Joseph Otero, Jan. 15, 1974 Julie Otero, Jan. 15, 1974 Kathryn Bright, April 4, 1974 Shirley Vian, March 17, 1977 Nancy Fox, Dec. 8, 1977 Vicki Wegerle, Sept. 16, 1986
Photos are not available for the Otero children, who with their parents were strangled to death on Jan. 15, 1974.
Two other cases have been tied to BTK. They are Marine Hedge, 53, and Delores "Dee" Davis, 62. Hedge's death occurred on April 27, 1985, she was abducted from her home at 6254 Independence in Park City. Davis' homicide occurred on Jan. 19, 1991, the latest death now linked to BTK. She was abducted from her home a half-mile east of Park City. Both were found in remote locations.
Marine Hedge

Delores

18 posted on 02/26/2005 5:40:29 PM 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
Compliance Notice offered for sale ..

OFFERING AT AUCTION WITH NO RESERVE A COMPLIANCE NOTICE DATED, SIGNED, PRINTED AND INTIALED BY JUST APPREHENDED BTK (BIND TORTURE KILL) SERIAL KILLER DENNIS RADER. ISSUED TO ANNIE'S ANTIQUE MALL WHICH IS LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET FROM PARK CITY KANSAS POLICE DEPT. AND CITY HALL, WHERE RADER WORKED AS COMPLIANCE OFFICER. RADER, WHO HAS ELUDED WICHITA POLICE SINCE 1974, IS ACCUSED OF MURDERING AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE. HIGH BIDDER TO PAY ACTUAL SHIPPING COST PLUS INSURANCE IF DESIRED. ~THANKS~

19 posted on 02/26/2005 5:43:03 PM 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: cripplecreek
The Left is going to revel in his background:

White male
Married
Homeowner
Christian churchgoer
Scout leader
Ex-Military

The'll give him a pass for being employed by the government.

I read where he said that (paraphrasing) "demons had taken over" his brain. This would appear to be true.

20 posted on 02/26/2005 5:43:03 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (This just in from CBS: "There is no bias at CBS")
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To: prion

I think that should apply to most code enforcement officers.


21 posted on 02/26/2005 5:46:06 PM PST by bdfromlv (leavenworth hard time)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

"The'll give him a pass for being employed by the government."

I don't really get this part. I have worked with LOTS of government employees and found the vast majority of them to be conservative. Of course, it may be because I live in the South.


22 posted on 02/26/2005 5:47:39 PM PST by L98Fiero
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To: AntiGuv

If all of this is true. This man was not a Christian, or a leader. May the gates of hell open wide.


23 posted on 02/26/2005 5:50:13 PM PST by wizr (Freedom ain't free.)
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To: deport

It's up to $102.50. What kind of sick freak?


25 posted on 02/26/2005 5:54:12 PM PST by sandalwood (The sky was yellow and the sun was blue)
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To: wizr
This man was not a Christian, or a leader.

He was a wolf in sheep's clothing.
26 posted on 02/26/2005 5:54:18 PM PST by octobersky
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To: marmar
Amazing he doesn't look evil ....

Few of them ever do. In fact, most are pretty nice guys, when they aren't torturing and killing people. Ann Rule still hasn't gotten over Ted Bundy, I believe.

27 posted on 02/26/2005 5:54:48 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: deport

Reminds me of when Kramer calls Newman to cover his "action" with the big Texan when they were betting on the arrivals of the planes at the airport. Newman shows up with the mailbag of David Berkowitz as collateral...


28 posted on 02/26/2005 5:54:54 PM PST by Hand em their arse
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To: L98Fiero
Point taken. I meant to imply that the Left worships government, so the fact that he was a government employee would be a non-issue with them. My slur was meant for the bureaucracy, not the employees. Police, FBI, CIA, the military, conservative Republicans are in a sense all government employees. So I agree with you, and I hereby retract that errant comment. Thanks.
29 posted on 02/26/2005 5:56:27 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (This just in from CBS: "There is no bias at CBS")
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To: marmar
Amazing he doesn't look evil..

Never EVER trust a man with a mustache.

30 posted on 02/26/2005 5:58:26 PM PST by pickemuphere
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To: cripplecreek
If I just read the headline I would assume that "cub scout leader" was the only thing he's done in his life aside from being a serial killer.

Yes..it's a well know fact that most cub scout leaders turn out to be serial killers.

The mainstream press was just reaffirming the obvious.

Pathetic :-(

31 posted on 02/26/2005 5:59:04 PM PST by evad
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To: evad
Yes..it's a well know fact that most cub scout leaders turn out to be serial killers.

It's because they are forced to hide their homosexuality, dontcha know...

32 posted on 02/26/2005 6:00:47 PM PST by sandalwood (The sky was yellow and the sun was blue)
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To: AntiGuv

A husband and wife and their 2 children plus 6 other women...I make that 10...why has there been no mention of these two children?........plus there are two more murders that he may have committed....


33 posted on 02/26/2005 6:03:23 PM PST by mystery-ak (right handed, left thumb on top)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

It's a strange calling that drives them. BTK mentioned a "demon" was in his brain. I believe Berkowitz declared something similar (and that a dog was commanding him to kill). Didn't Bundy and Dahmer confess to titanic struggle with their urges to kill? Gacy reported no such struggle, and thought all was well -- never understanding how all those bodies ended up burried under his house.


34 posted on 02/26/2005 6:05:14 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (This just in from CBS: "There is no bias at CBS")
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To: pickemuphere

He looks like a guy who works at a local hardware store. Should I report him?


35 posted on 02/26/2005 6:07:33 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (This just in from CBS: "There is no bias at CBS")
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To: Cactuspete

"Victims whose voices were brutally silenced by the evil of one man will now have their voices heard again," Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline said.

Hmm, is that right? I don't seem to hear them over all of the clapping sounds of the high fives and atta boys of the police who took 30 years to figure it out.... Figured out, by the way with the daughter walking right up to them telling them her suspicions... GREAT JOB!

Thank God for that girl!


36 posted on 02/26/2005 6:07:55 PM PST by Hand em their arse
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To: TexKat


37 posted on 02/26/2005 6:08:30 PM PST by mystery-ak (right handed, left thumb on top)
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To: deport

Looks like E-bay shut it down already. I imagine we'll see quite a bit more BTK memorabilia spring up before all is said and done.


38 posted on 02/26/2005 6:09:12 PM PST by UncleDick
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To: Cactuspete

BTW Cactuspete, that wasn't directed at you... I just hit post reply on your post... :)


39 posted on 02/26/2005 6:09:29 PM PST by Hand em their arse
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To: AntiGuv
Wasn't Howard Dean recently in Kansas?
40 posted on 02/26/2005 6:10:40 PM PST by F105-D ThunderChief (That "THUD" you heard was the Collapse of the DemocRats!)
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To: Hand em their arse

I had the same thought...the police have the gall to pat themselves on the back at the news conference, when it appears that they were still NOWHERE until the daughter called them to say that she suspected her dad...


41 posted on 02/26/2005 6:14:33 PM PST by Moby Grape
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To: marmar
Dennis Rader of Park City, Kan., is shown in this undated driver's license photo provided to the Witchita Eagle, in Witchita, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005.
42 posted on 02/26/2005 6:16:03 PM PST by Selkie (You can argue 'til you're blue in the face, but I'll always be right.)
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To: AntiGuv

one of his neighboors on FNC now, saying he would harass single females in the neighboorhood by measuring the height of their uncut lawns and issuing $300 tickets. also harassed people about their dogs.


43 posted on 02/26/2005 6:18:46 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

It's a strange calling that drives them. BTK mentioned a "demon" was in his brain. I believe Berkowitz declared something similar (and that a dog was commanding him to kill). Didn't Bundy and Dahmer confess to titanic struggle with their urges to kill? Gacy reported no such struggle, and thought all was well -- never understanding how all those bodies ended up burried under his house.
>>>
Here's Gacy's trigger:

John Wayne Gacy was often beaten by his father and derided as a "sissy" and accused of being homosexual (which he was); in adulthood, Gacy would rape and torture boys and denounce them as being "faggots" and "sissies


44 posted on 02/26/2005 6:19:33 PM PST by Selkie (You can argue 'til you're blue in the face, but I'll always be right.)
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To: Impeach the Boy

absolutely right, that circus atmosphere of self-praise by them was a disgrace.


45 posted on 02/26/2005 6:20:03 PM PST by oceanview
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To: trumandogz

"Many serial killers display one or more of what are known as the "MacDonald Triad" of warning signs in childhood. These are:

Firestarting, invariably just for the thrill of destroying things.
Cruelty to Animals. Most children can be cruel to animals, such as pulling the legs off of spiders, but future serial killers often kill larger animals, like dogs and cats, and frequently for their solitary enjoyment rather than to impress peers.
Bedwetting beyond the age when children normally grow out of such behaviour.
Most serial killers claim their first victim when they are in their twenties, although this can vary, with one killer claiming the first of his victims when he was 38, and another who was just 15 when he admitted to murdering four people in the past two years. On average, serial killers start murdering people when they are in their mid-twenties. When they start they can rarely stop.

The rate at which they claim victims can also vary a great deal. Juan Corona murdered 25 people in just six weeks, whilst Fred West and his wife Rosemary claimed 12 victims over a period of twenty years."


46 posted on 02/26/2005 6:22:52 PM PST by Selkie (You can argue 'til you're blue in the face, but I'll always be right.)
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To: deport

I was reading a little info about his first killing, when he killed the Otero parents and 2 of their children. It seems like serial killers usually kill women, (or young boys)so I was surprised to see that he had killed a couple and 2 of their children. I see all his later victims were women.

I wonder why the family? Personal vendetta?


47 posted on 02/26/2005 6:30:05 PM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: AntiGuv

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/1-02262005-455955.html


48 posted on 02/26/2005 6:33:54 PM PST by occutegirl ("She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." ~ Louisa May Alcott)
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To: Selkie

So his father drove him to madness. IMO, and no psychiatrist me, I believe that the pairing of an insensitive, overly disciplinarian, possibly otherwise troubled (alcoholism, etc) father (or other authority figure) with an extra-sensitive (or otherwise "different") son has brought about many, if not most, of the most heinous criminal acts in history. Think serial killers, maniacal dictators (Hitler), etc.


49 posted on 02/26/2005 6:44:13 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (This just in from CBS: "There is no bias at CBS")
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To: Selkie
In college I worked in a Psycratric hospital for adolescents and a doctor there once told me:

"If they torture animals and wet the bed, there is nothing we can do for them."
50 posted on 02/26/2005 6:45:54 PM PST by trumandogz
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