Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: The BTK confessions

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.

Slideshow: Dennis Rader, the BTK killer

It stands for bind, torture, kill, and for three decades, BTK terrorized all of Wichita. He cut the phone lines, broke into homes and waited for his victims. He made sure their deaths did not come quickly. Then the murders stopped. The trail went cold until March 2004 when the BTK killer came back.

Exclusive: Artwork from BTK’s Denise Noe wrote Dennis Rader, aka BTK, and he sent her back this cryptic drawing. Can you figure out what it means? We have a few clues.

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.

Today in Crime History: Vicki Wegerle is Murdered by the BTK Serial Killer

On September 16, 1986, BTK claimed his ninth known victim, Vicki Wegerle. Police, however, suspected her husband, Bill Wegerle, who failed two polygraph tests during the investigation. Wegerle was never arrested, living instead under a cloud of suspicion for nearly 20 years, until BTK resurfaced and Dennis Rader was arrested for the murders.

Receiving Poems from BTK

For the latest edition of our “Letters to Prison” series, Crime Library’s Denise Noe shows us the poems she received from Dennis Rader, the prisoner more commonly referred to by his strangling method: BTK, short for Bind, Torture, Kill.

Today in Crime History: Dennis Rader Pleads Guilty to BTK Murders

On June 27, 2005 Dennis Rader surprised everybody by changing his plea to guilty, and prompted by the judge, confessing to ten murders in court, in graphic detail.

Slideshow: Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer

A photographic overview of the life, crimes and capture of one of the most depraved serial murderers in recent history.

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