Kathryn Bright & Kevin Bright
Kathryn Bright, one of five children, loved singing in the church with her sister and friend. After she graduated from high school in 1971 she worked for Coleman. At age 21, Kathryn was a smart, popular, and funny college student.
Dennis Rader claims his memory is not clear on the events of this crime. One day he saw Kathryn and a friend going into her house as he drove by. He referred to Kathryn as a “sweet kid” and “trolled" for her many times, calling her "Project Lights Out."
On April 4, 1974, Rader busted through her screen door wearing a stocking cap, carrying a Magnum and a .22 but was stunned to find her 5'6," 115-pound brother, 19 year old brother, Kevin, was with her.
Rader knew something needed to be done about Kevin before he could fulfill his sexual fantasies with Kathryn. He could not recall if he brought his own tools but he told them he needed a car to get away because he was wanted in California.
First, he made Kevin tie up Kathryn.
Rader tied Kevin by his feet to the bedposts before he moved Kathryn to another bedroom to tie her down. When Kevin put up a strong fight; Rader shot him in the head with his .22 and figured he was down.
When he began to strangle Kathryn, she put a strong fight.
After he believed she was dead he heard noises from Kevin in the other bedroom.
While attempting to strangle Kevin, Rader was worried Kevin would grab his Magnum from the shoulder holster. Rader stuck his finger in the weapon to jam it. He either bit or hit Kevin, and then shot him with again a .22 and again believed Kevin was down.
He returned to finish off Kathryn who was still fighting back hard. Unable to strangle her to death, he stabbed her with a knife in the lower back and under her ribs in the abdomen and left her for dead.
Rader checked back in on Kevin expecting to find him dead, but he was running down the street. He quickly cleaned up the mess and attempted to steal their pickup but even though he had keys he couldn’t get it started. He ran 4-5 blocks to the Wichita State University campus where his car was parked.
Kevin survived being shot twice.
Bleeding, Kathryn crawled to the living room phone. She told the police she didn't know who did this before she died from numerous stab wounds. Over 30 years later when Rader was arrested, the Boy Scout knife used to kill Kathryn was still in his kitchen pantry.
He intentionally changed his MO so police wouldn't link the Bright murder with the Otero murders.
Her role in the afterlife would be "his personal sex/bondage girl."
June 26, 2006
Kari & Associates
Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2006
The BTK Murders: Inside the "Bind Torture Kill" Case that Terrified America's Heartland by Carlton Smith. From 1974 to 1991, in Wichita someone was leaving behind slain tortured bodies who called himself “BTK” for “Bind, Torture, Kill.” For 14 years, he was silent. But he began sending letters again.. Police arrested Dennis Rader. He coldly described “his projects.” The tricks he used to trap victims, the puzzles he sent the media, and the role his daughter played in his arrest. one victim’s family member called him, “a black hole inside the shell of a human being”—and the worst American monster since Ted Bundy.