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Dennis Rader. The BTK Killer. By: Stephanie Leif. Background Info. Born March 9, 1945 in Pittsburg, Kansas Oldest of four sons As a child he tortured animals and he had a sexual fetish for women’s underwear Attended Butler County Community College and Kansas Wesleyan University

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dennis rader

Dennis Rader

The BTK Killer

By: Stephanie Leif

background info
Background Info.
  • Born March 9, 1945 in Pittsburg, Kansas
  • Oldest of four sons
  • As a child he tortured animals and he had a sexual fetish for women’s underwear
  • Attended Butler County Community College and Kansas Wesleyan University
  • He later attained his bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice
  • Spent four years in the U.S. Air Force
what was the crime
What was the crime?
  • He killed 10 people
when did it take place
When did it take place?
  • All of his killings took place between 1974-1991
  • He was not charged with murder until February 28, 2005
who were the victims
Who were the victims?
  • Joseph Otero (January 15, 1974)
  • Julie Otero (January 15, 1974)
  • Joseph Otero JR. (January 15, 1974)
  • Josephine Otero (January 15, 1974)
  • Kathryn Bright (April 4, 1974)
  • Shirley Vian (March 17, 1977)
  • Nancy Fox (December 8, 1977)
  • Marine Hedge (April 27, 1985)
  • Vicki Wegerle (September 16, 1986)
  • Dolores E. Davis (January 16, 1991)
why did he do it
Why did he do it?
  • Ever since Rader was a child he had fantasies about binding, torturing, and killing women
  • He claims that there is an unavoidable force that makes him do things, he calls it ‘Factor X’
  • Rader also believes he is possessed by demons
how did he get caught
How did he get caught?
  • When people started forgetting about the BTK killer Rader started sending letters to the victims families and news stations in the area
  • On February 16, 2005 he sent a floppy disk to KSAS-TV
    • Police found embedded information that was erased from the disk, one of the documents was named “Dennis” and another was named “Christ Lutheran Church”
    • Rader was unaware that police could find this information even if it appeared to be erased
  • Police searched Christ Lutheran Church for Dennis, and Dennis Rader came up
  • The police gathered evidence and DNA samples from his family members
  • They linked Rader to the murders and he was taken into custody on February 25, 2005
what psychological disorder did he have
What psychological disorder did he have?
  • Rader is considered a psychopath
    • Psychopath: a person who is incapable of empathy for other beings
    • This person has no problems hurting others, no guilt, shame, or remorse
what sentence did he get
What sentence did he get?
  • Rader was sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole for 175 years
    • Equal to 10 consecutive life sentences
article
Article
  • http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8929452/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/who-btk-killer/
videos
Videos
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXa_YreEFEs
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C6Gi3hzNCA
work cited
Work Cited
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Rader
  • http://dennisraderbtk.blogspot.com/
  • http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/03/02/btk.investigation/index.html
  • http://www.freewebs.com/thebtksite/btkvictim.htm
  • http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8929452/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/who-btk-killer/
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