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by Brandon Peace


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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 force.

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" ...

Therefore insanity.

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 a on going mind view, the black and white, were now my new boss.
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 lots,
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.

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The information on this website was gathered from many sources including:

The Wichita Eagle



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