Unholy Messenger: The Life and Crimes of the BTK Serial Killer by Stephen Singular
Drawing from interviews with Rader's pastor, congregation, detectives, and psychologists who worked the case, and from his unnervingly detailed 32 hour confession, Singular delves into the life and crimes of BTK to explore the most dangerous and complex serial killer of our generation and the man who embodied, at once, astonishing extremes of normality and abnormality. Singular recounts the year the BTK killer reemerged, and the aftermath. Details of his crimes, elaborate schemes, bids for public attention, and the impact his deception had on his family, church, and community. A man considered a "spiritual leader" by his pastor and congregation, was the devil next door. A powerful examination of the intersection between good and evil, and of the psychology and spirituality of a killer in whom faith and bloodshed converged.
Nightmare in Wichita: The Hunt for the BTK Strangler by Robert Beattie
The tale of the BTK serial killer-written by the lawyer who assisted the police during the thirty-year search and was instrumental in the long-awaited arrest.
In 1974 a serial killer began a fourteen-year murder spree in Wichita, Kansas. Joining the ranks of Ted Bundy, the elusive sex murderer taunted authorities with clues, puzzles, and obscene letters. Then in 1988, he vanished, the killings stopped, and one of the longest and most baffling manhunts in the annals of crime came to a dead end. But in 2004, a letter- and a grisly clue-arrived at a local Wichita paper. And with it, a terrifying implication: BTK was back. Robert Beattie delves one of the most intriguing, and horrifying serial murder cases in American history.
- Afterword by the author with up-to-the-minute information-including the capture of the alleged killer
- Robert Beattie had access to the families of the victims
- Beattie has been following the case since the 1970s
- Some speculate that this book prompted the BTK killer to resume contact in 2004 after nearly 25 years of silence.
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Dennis Rader the BTK Killer
The No Show
On April 28, 1979, Dennis Rader finally gave up and left the empty home he was waiting inside of before the resident, Anna Williams, 63, returned. Afterwards he sent the media a package with personal items he took from
her home, and a poem of death.
"Oh Anna Why Didn't You Appear?"
He said he was disappointed because he planned to kill her.
Rader told a psychologist that Anna wasn’t his only miss.
"There’s a lot of lucky people out there ... didn’t make it to the house ... or for some reason I didn’t go. There’s a lot of lucky people out there, yes."
After the failed attempt, BTK disappeared for awhile.
Anna died several years ago.
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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.
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