After pleading guilty to ten murders on June 27, 2005, Wichita serial killer Dennis Rader gave a chilling account of his murders in court. Appearing unmoved by the cruelty of the acts he was describing, Rader systematically described how he killed the entire Otero family and six women. He described how he followed his victims — he called them ‘projects’ — around town before finally going in for the kill. Videos and a full transcript of the confession can be seen here.
On March 19, 2004, in a letter to The Wichita Eagle newsroom the BTK killer emerged once again, after nearly 30 years of silence, to terrorize the city of Wichita. This desire for fame and public recognition would be his undoing.
For three decades, the BTK killer terrorized Wichita. He would cut the phone lines, break into the house and wait for his victim to come home. Then the murders inexplicably stopped, and the trail went cold, until March 2004 when BTK resurfaced, this time in a letter to a newspaper.
A former boy scout leader, ‘BTK’ killer Dennis Rader knew how to tie all sorts of knots. After his arrest, police found a stash of photos Rader took of himself tied up outdoors, often wearing the underwear of his victims. In some photos, Rader was seen hanging from trees, in others, laying in a freshly dug grave.
A photographic overview of the life, crimes and capture of one of the most depraved serial murderers in recent history.