Bind, Torture, Kill : The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door, Paperback Book

Bind, Torture, Kill : The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door Paperback

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Now that he's in prison, the whole world knows that Dennis Rader is BTK.

But the intricate twists and shocking turns of this story have never before been told by the people who were there - and intimately acquainted with both the BTK killer and Rader the family man. "Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door" takes readers behind closed doors, revealing the full and horrific tale as seen through the eyes of the killer, his victims, the investigators, and the reporters who covered it all. "Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door" was written by four award-winning crime reporters for "The Wichita Eagle" who covered the story for over twenty years, and with the full cooperation - for the first time - of the Wichita Police Department's BTK Task Force.During the decades-long investigation, the police chief publicly declared that anyone giving information to the press would not only lose his job but be prosecuted; only now have members of the Task Force been given permission to talk. With hours of exclusive interviews with key Task Force members, including commander Kenny Landwehr, in-depth interviews with the families of victims, an interview with Jeff Rader, the notorious killer's brother, and over thirty years' worth of original reporters' notes, archival news stories, photos, documents, and material previously suppressed at the request of the police.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780061373954

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BTK ~ “bind, torture, kill”, is probably the most famous serial killer in Wichita, Kansas. Actually he might be the only serial killer in Wichita, Kansas. Like most serial killers, when not killing he was ‘normal’, husband, father, boy scout leader, and church leader. Like most serial killers though, he had these urges to kill. The reason it took 31 years to catch him was he was able to resist his urges for years at a time.This book is written by the reporters who covered the BTK story for “The Wichita Eagle”, not only were they familiar with the story, they also knew which police officers were most involved and were able to interview them to get the inside story they couldn’t get before Dennis Rader was convicted.Reading this book was almost like being there. The four reporters have put forth an excellent detailed account of the murders and the lives off all involved in this case. You could almost feel the frustration and disappointment of the officers who couldn’t solve this case.This is the definitive book about BTK, if you only read one book about Dennis Rader, this is the book.

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BTK - short for Bind, Torture, Kill - somehow managed to elude capture for over thirty years. He left behind DNA at the scenes (although, at the time, that was pretty useless), and he communicated infrequently with the police through letters, poems, and clippings. And, for a long time, it seemed that BTK had gone dormant. Perhaps he had died, or gone to prison for another crime, or moved away. But after the local paper, the Wichita Eagle, ran a thirty-year memorial of the Otero murders, BTK's first, he resurfaced again, playing a cat and mouse game with the police officers who were desperate to capture him. In the end, two things got BTK captured: a computer disk, and his own ego.This book was written by several authors, all of whom worked at the Wichita Eagle and were involved in reporting the crime for numerous years. The police officers involved in the manhunt gave the authors a great deal of insider information for the book, which makes this read differently than most true crime books. Not only do the authors paint a picture of Dennis Rader, but they give equal (if not more) time to Ken Landwehr and the numerous other detectives involved.It's an interesting and compelling read, and it amazes me that Rader had seriously gotten away with murder, if he hadn't decided that he wanted the headlines and attention that he felt he "deserved" as a serial killer.

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on Monday, September 01, 2008 I wrote about this book:<br/><br/>WOW! What a great book. I was sitting on the verge of my seat reading the part where they caught him. My hands were shaking!<br/>So amazingly written. Loved it.<br/>Beforehand I did not know anything about this killer.<br/>Now I am so glad I decided to wait cause there were other books out there but with very bad reviews..<br/>This book is one of the best TC serial killers books I've read for a while. <br/><br/>

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