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Unholy Messenger

Unholy Messenger: The Life and Crimes of the BTK Serial Killer btkby 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

Nightmare in Wichita: The Hunt for the BTK Strangler by Robert BeattieKari Sable

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

Vicki Wegerle

Vicki Wegerle, a 28 year old wife and mother, was a calm, kind, quiet person who never raised her voice. She loved children and enjoyed visiting with other mothers about parenthood. When she became pregnant she began providing child care from her home.

Vicki attended two churches, the Lutheran Church, because it was her faith and a Methodist Church because it was a neighborhood church. She volunteered to watch children in the church nurseries.

Rader called Vicki; "Project Piano" because she loved to play the piano, and he heard her music as stalked her for three week.

September 16, 1986, he changed into his "hit clothes” (clothes he would get rid of afterwards) and drove his car to Vicki’s house a before lunchtime. Carrying a briefcase and wearing a Southwestern Bell hard he posed as a telephone repairman. To scope out the surroundings, he went to nearby homes to inform residents that they would be working on the phone lines.

As Rader approached Vicki's home he heard her playing the piano for her two year old son. She allowed him inside to check her lines. Once inside, using a fake instrument to pretend he was checking the telephone lines, he pulled out a .357 Magnum and ordered her into the bedroom. He told the hysterical mother, begging him to stop, that he was going to tie her up.

"How about my kid?" Lisa asked.

"I don't know about your kid."

When Vicki broke loose from fabric Rader had tied her up with in her bedroom, a loud, intense fight ensued with the outside doors and windows wide open and dogs barking in the yard. Rader said she fought harder than any of his other victims; scratching him on his face and neck.

She prayed as Rader strangled her to death with a nylon socking. When she stopped moving, he rearranged her clothes and took three photos of her.

Because there had been so much noise and because she had claimed her husband was on his way home he left promptly. He threw a few souvenirs into his briefcase, grabbed her car keys, and left in her car. Her car was found the same day two blocks away.

As Bill Wegerle, Vickie's husband was on the way home for lunch when he passed Rader driving his wife's car away from their home. He discovered his wife’s brutalized body when he got home. Vickie died of strangulation before the paramedics arrived.

Rader was disappointed with Vickie’s murder because there wasn't enough time to fully enjoy it.

Her murder had not been conclusively attributed to BTK. Rader did not take credit for the killing until March 2004, when he sent proof of the murder to Wichita Eagle reporter, Hurst Laviana. The package contained crime scene photographs and a copy of Vicki's driver's license. The return address was "Bill Thomas Killman."  "BTK" 

Vicki had Rader's DNA under her fingernails. In 2004, lab experts linked his DNA to Vicki, Nancy Fox, and the Otero slayings.

Vicki was BTK’s 8th victim.

Rader’s afterlife fantasy for Vicki is, "as one of the bondage slave women."

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The BTK Murders: Inside the "Bind Torture Kill" Case that Terrified America's Heartland Search Now: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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