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The case of Dennis Rader was between 1974 and 2005 when he was finally arrested. Between 1974 and 1991 Rader had killed 10 known people in Wichita Kansas. His method of torture and how he received his name was ‘Bind, Torture, and Kill’ (BTK).
I chose this case because its interesting how he went so long without being caught for his murders. He sent the police letters and performed a few murders in day lite and still never was caught. Finally he gave the police a clue to have him arrested so that his story could be told correctly.
This case is significant to the study of law because it shows that there is always a way of figuring out who committed the crime even if it seems like its impossible. Also, that normal people in your community could be mentally insecure and do things that you would never think of them to do.
Dennis Rader began his murders in 1974, he killed 10 people of scattered ages over the course of 18 years. He was known for researching his victims and planning out his ‘attacks’, he would figure out the best time to make his move. When Rader murdered, he would tie them up (bind), torture the victims, and then kill them. He was known for strangling them with his hands or different objects and leaving them tied up. After each murder he would write a letter to the police and to the news stations describing what he did to the victims so that they would know and so that he would be recognized. He was never caught after any murders or after any letters were written.
It wasn’t until 2005 that he sent an envelope with a letter and a blank floppy disk to the police, and on this they found a deleted file. This deleted file had information about the church in the area and was signed by “Dennis”. The police went to the church and checked the database for a “Dennis” and Dennis Rader came up. They kept an eye on Rader for awhile before they had evidence to arrest him.
The police then got a warrant for medical records of Rader’s daughter which had a DNA match to semen collected at one of the murders. They were then able to arrest Rader and while having him in custody Rader talked to the police for 31 hours discussing what he did and how he did it - all was recorded on film. A book was released about the BTK Killer and Rader wanted the opportunity to tell his story the right way.
The big part of this case was why Rader committed these murders. He had a family and a job, it didn’t add up for him to murder all of these people.
Rader stated in his first letter to the police after his first murder that there was a monster in him and that he couldn’t control when the monster comes or whether it comes or not. He stated that the monster had already picked its next victims.
To me this sounds like a mental disorder, that something in Rader’s head switches and he gets rage of some sort. This deals with Neurological Theory.
Rader also talked as if he was bored at the time, so maybe he didn’t know what to do with his life and from movies he had gained interest in murdering.
Its weird for a man with a job and a wife to want to commit these crimes but in Rader's head this could have been a hobby for him.
It could have also been from him newly being married that he was stressed in his new environment with having to support more than just himself. Therefore relating to the Strain Theory. This theories is based on stress in lives that make you want to escape. This may have been Rader’s way of escape.