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

4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


For thirty-one years, a monster terrorized the residents of Wichita, Kansas.

A bloodthirsty serial killer, self-named "BTK"-for "bind them, torture them, kill them"-he slaughtered men, women, and children alike, eluding the police for decades while bragging of his grisly exploits to the media.

The nation was shocked when the fiend who was finally apprehended turned out to be Dennis Rader-a friendly neighbor . . . a devoted husband . . . a helpful Boy Scout dad . . . the respected president of his church.Written by four award-winning crime reporters who covered the story for more than twenty years, Bind, Torture, Kill is the most intimate and complete account of the BTK nightmare told by the people who were there from the beginning.

With newly released documents, evidence, and information-and with the full cooperation, for the very first time, of the Wichita Police Department's BTK Task Force-the authors have put all the pieces of the grisly puzzle into place, thanks to their unparalleled access to the families of the killer and his victims.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780061373954

Other Formats



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 3 of 3 reviews.

Review by

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.

Review by

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.

Review by

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/>

Also by Roy Wenzl