Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Let’s Go Back in Time to When BTK Was Just a Regular Guy

The Wayback Machine is a great tool for taking trips down Internet memory lane. Just take a look at Crime Library’s snazzy getup circa 1999. For aficionados of the unsettling, it can also be a way to go back to a time when a notorious murderer was an everyday guy, blending in with the community and keeping his bloody hobby under wraps.

In October, 2004, just months before his arrest in the murders of ten people, Dennis Rader was listed as as Vice President of the Congregational Council on the website of the Christ Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas. The Cub Scout leader and dad of two also appeared in a photo on the church website, standing with a camera over a large group of Bible camp attendees.

Rader nicknamed himself ‘BTK’ for his trademark method of murder: bind, torture, kill. He was arrested in February 2005 after taunting local newspapers and police with letters detailing his crimes.

Rader, who is holding a camera, is visible in the upper right corner of the photo.

Rader, who is holding a camera, is visible in the upper right corner of the photo.

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