This research paper is about Dennis Lynn Rader, also known as the BTK Killer. He haunted the city of Wichita, Kansas for nearly thirty years, from his first killing of the Otero family in 1974 until his arrest in February of 2005. Ten people became his victims and throughout his â€œcareerâ€ as serial killer he taunted the police with letters.
You will learn about his upbringing, his methods to kill, his modus operandi, his victims and how he eventually got arrested.
Dennis L. Rader, BTK
This paper is about Dennis Lynn Rader, a serial killer who haunted the city of Wichita, Kansas for about 30 years, beginning in 1974 with his first murder until his capture in February 2005. ...view middle of the document...
He left the Air Force as sergeant and fellow soldiers said he was just one of those guys who blend in.
After his service in the Air Force he returned to his home town of Wichita/Kansas in 1970.
On May 22nd, 1971 he married Paula Dietz, a woman who grew up in the same area, attended the same high school and went to the same church as Rader did. The young coupled bought a home in Park City, located in north Wichita. At that time Dennis was working in the meat department of a supermarket and Paula was a bookkeeper. In 1972, Rader started working for Coleman, a large manufacturer of camping supplies. He worked there until 1973 and then switched workplaces again, starting working for Cessna and also attending college, earning an associateâ€™s degree in Electronics. In the fall of 1973 he began studies at Wichita State University, but it would take him six years to finish his degree.
In early 1974 he was between jobs he would start trolling neighborhoods, looking for women and his fantasies about bondage, torture and killing would become stronger and stronger.
He focused on a Hispanic family, which had moved into the neighborhood and observed the house for a while, learning their daily schedule. He would put together a kit, which he called a hit kit, consisting of a gun, cords, knives and different tools for entering a house.
On January 15th, 1974 he committed his first murder. He cut the telephone line before entering the house and was surprised in finding Joseph Otero still at home, as well as his wife and their youngest children Josephine and Joey. He didnâ€™t expect everybody to be home but somehow controlled the situation using his gun. He told the Oteroâ€™s he was a criminal and just needed money and a car to flee the state. He managed to tie them all up and started to put a bag over Josephs head to kill him. But he fought hard and Rader strangled him with a cord instead. After Joe was dead he then went on to kill Julie, who begged him, not to kill the children. The next one to die was Joey, the nine year old son of the family. He strangled and suffocated him and sat down in a chair to watch him die.
Last but not least it was Josieâ€™s turn. His first attempt of strangling her failed, so he forced her to walk downstairs in the basement. There he put a noose around her neck and hanged her from a pipe, leaving her partially undressed. He masturbated on her bare legs, leaving semen behind. After cleaning up the house a little bit he took the familyâ€™s car and drove it to a nearby supermarket.
What Rader didnâ€™t know is that the Oteros had three older children, who had already left the house that morning. Charlie, Daniel and Carmen were the ones that found their parents dead that afternoon.
Raderâ€™s next victim was Kathryn Bright. He broke into her home and hid in the bedroom waiting for her to return home. Again something went wrong for Rader, and Bright returned home, accompanied by her younger brother Kevin. He surprised them and...