by Brandon Peace
The Capture of BTK
February 26, 2005 ...
After over 30 years of searching, the
authorities believe that they have captured BTK. The suspect's name is Dennis
Rader. He was born on March 09, 1945 making him 59 years old at time of capture.
He is 5'-11" tall and weighed about 195 at the time of his arrest. His parentsí
names are William and Dorothea Rader. He is one of four brothers. He grew up in
Wichita Kansas but he moved to park city Kansas. When captured, he had been
living in the same home at 6220 independence, in park city Kansas for about 30
years. He is married and has two children. He was a park city compliance officer
dealing with nuisance and animal type of calls.
Authorities traced a floppy disc that BTK had recently sent to KSAS-TV
to a church that Dennis Rader had used. He was one of few people that had access
to the computer. There was a camera in the home depot parking lot which showed
Dennis Rader's vehicle circling repeatedly in the parking lot at the same time a
package was dropped there from BTK. This was the evidence that put police on
Dennis Rader's trail. The police took a tissue sample from Dennis Rader's 26
year old daughter's (Kerri) medical records without her knowledge. It was a
close match with the DNA that the police had in the BTK case from semen left
behind at the crime scene. The police started watching Dennis Rader and the
police arrested Dennis Rader down the road from his house while he was driving.
He was arrested without incident and they took DNA samples from him which
matched that of BTK. Authorities spent several hours searching his home and
removed his computer and several other items. They found a book about infamous
criminals, panty hose and jewelry in Dennis Rader's backyard shed. Surviving
victims are uncertain if Dennis Rader is BTK because of various methods BTK took
to conceal his identity.
It is known that Dennis Rader was a suspect back when the murders
first occurred, as were many others that the police had on their list of
potential suspects. Apparently the authorities could not find any hard evidence
to prove that Dennis Rader was in fact BTK, even though he was in the air force
stationed in Japan, turkey, south Korea and Greece for four years in the late
60's as a mechanic. One of BTK's first victims, Joseph Otero, was also in the
air force as a mechanic. He worked as an assembler for Coleman which is the
place two of BTK's victims (Julie Otero and Kathryn Bright) worked. Dennis Rader
worked there about three years and left Coleman in July 1973 just one month
before Kathryn bright started working at Coleman in august of 1973. He began his
killing spree just six months later by killing the Oteros in January of 1974 and
the Kathryn bright in April of 1974.
Dennis Rader graduated in 1979 from the Wichita state university with a degree in
administration of justice. The authorities had always believed that BTK was
associated with the college and had done much investigating on campus. During
the time of most of the murders, Dennis Rader worked for ADT which is a home
security company from 1974 to 1989 giving him access to people's homes. He
became a compliance officer in 1990. One of many word puzzles that BTK sent to
KAKE-TV and authorities was sent on May 05, 2004 ... It gives many clues as to
his identity and methods.
According to many, Dennis Rader appeared to be an upstanding member
of his community. Others say he was very moody and that he was egotistical,
overbearing and very "by the book" in his administration as a compliance
officer. He was the president of the congregation of Christ Lutheran church and
was an usher there. He was also a cub scouts leader, cooking and teaching young
boys how to tie all types of knots. The same types he used in his murders.
Needless to say, Dennis Rader's wife (Paula) a devout Christian
woman and his two children are devastated. Dennis Rader married Paula Dietz in
the early seventies. The son who is 29 years old is under suicide watch due to
what he is experiencing. They had no idea that their dad and husband was BTK.
There is new evidence that BTK killed two other women named Dee
Davis and marine hedge. One of which lived on the very street that Dennis Rader
lived on. These murders occurred in 1985 and 1991. Authorities expect to find
more unsolved murders being at the hands of BTK.
An interesting fact is that all of BTK's victims were females except
for the Otero husband and son. It is also a fact that the Otero's were sick and
BTK probably assumed that Joseph would be at work and the kids would be at
school but Joseph had returned home after dropping three of the children at
school. Was BTK already inside the house when Joseph returned surprising BTK and
causing him to change his plan? Keep in mind that two different females from two
different homes worked at the same place that Dennis Rader did. This would
suggest that Dennis Rader knew Julie Otero and chose her as the victim from some
fascination he had from the workplace instead of BTK knowing Joseph from the air
It is also interesting that Kathryn bright started working at
Coleman one month after Dennis Rader left. Could she have been Dennis Rader's
replacement and this angered him? We know that the murders were sexual by nature
due to semen being left at the crime scenes yet he did not actually have sex
with any of his victims.
Dennis Rader is being charged with 10 counts of murder
and is being held on a 10 million dollar bond. According to an inmate that was
in the jail that Dennis Rader was taken to but released shortly after said that,
Dennis Rader gave the other prisoners the thumbs up sign as if he were bragging
about his deeds. The other inmates did not find him so heroic and in fact cursed
him and made threats. He was placed in an isolated cell.
Several independent sources close to the investigation say that
Dennis Rader freely spoke with authorities after his capture and even confessed
to the 10 murders during his interrogation but has become tight lipped since his
court appointed attorney came on the scene. The judge in the case has placed a
gag order preventing anyone close to the case from sharing information.
Dennis Rader will probably not get the death penalty because Kansas
did not reinstate the death penalty until 1994 which is after the murders.
Unless it is found that he murdered others after that date.
There have been plenty of rumors since Dennis Rader's arrest. For
example, it was said that he attempted to escape and that he had cancer.
Both have been proven to be untrue.
Dennis Rader waived his right to a preliminary hearing which is a
hearing to determine if the state has enough evidence to take the case to trial.
It was evident that the case was going to trial.
On May 03, 2005 ... Dennis Rader plead not guilty.
Although the trial date is set for June 27, 2005 ... It is unknown
when the trial will actually take place as it is certain that the defense will
request a change of venue. Since it is said that Dennis Rader admitted to the
murders, and now pleads not guilty ... Insanity may be the path he should have
chosen and in fact ... It may be that the defense attempts to show that he was
being possessed by a "monster" ...
Dennis Rader was said to have written poems while he awaits trial.
Here is one of his poems ...
"Just a quick glance and I knew all was lost.
I saw in real life...now a on going mind view, the black and white, were now my
I saw my life as I know quickly fade away.
I saw my love ones, in mind and thoughts that I would never be able to touch,
hold, communicate closely with and kiss with care will now be at bay.
I saw the Black Side of me, was now caught and others would not suffer from my
But then it dawn on me, it was not as I thought.
Yes the other in me will cause no suffering.
The living remained, the Mother, Brother, Sisters, Children, Close Friends and
wife will suffer.
Ands the real me of blood, flesh and mind will suffer."
Here is another of the poems:
"Tis' Spring Out There."
"oh, to walk among the new season,
to heard a robin voice,
to see a dandelion bright,
to watch a butterfly flight,
to smell a simple flower bud,
oh spring these are the many reasons."
Note the words spelled incorrectly just as BTK did. The style is the
same as well. The number one factor is the suggestion that there is an "other"
in him just as BTK said all along.
The communications from BTK have stopped since Dennis Rader was arrested.
The information on this website was gathered from many sources
The Wichita Eagle
KAKE TV 10
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