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Cold Case Cracked


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect they believe is the notorious BTK serial killer, who terrorized Wichita throughout the 1970s and then resurfaced about a year ago after 25 years of silence.

"The bottom line: BTK is arrested," Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams said at a news conference in Wichita with some of the victims' family members

The BTK killer - a self-coined nickname that stands for "Bind, Torture, Kill" - has been linked to eight killings committed between 1974 and 1986.

The BTK killer sent letters to media about the crimes in the 1970s, but stopped for more than two decades before re-establishing contact last March with a letter about an unsolved 1986 killing.

Since then, authorities said the killer has sent at least eight letters to the media or police, including three packages containing jewelry that police believed may have been taken from BTK's victims. One letter contained the driver's license of victim Nancy Fox.

No doubt there will be books and movies in the coming months that tell the full story of BTK.

Comments (8)

As someone who grew up with... (Below threshold)

As someone who grew up with this scumbag being bogeyman #1 ("Eat your spinach, or BTK will get you"), this is a truly wonderful day.

This miserable cat was a nu... (Below threshold)

This miserable cat was a nuisance officer. If your town has one, you know why this is important.

KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

What's really sad about thi... (Below threshold)

What's really sad about this arrest is not that he was a government employee, an animal control officer. What's really sad is that he isn't going to get the death penalty, because all the killings happened before Kansas re-instated the death penalty, and he is exempt. Doesn't THAT suck?

No, whats going to suck wor... (Below threshold)

No, whats going to suck worse, is that Kevin is right. There will be books and movies that tell the story of BTK. And they will most likely portray the BTK as a victim of the big capitalistic machine that warped his mind and he was just a tool, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Same with the Hillside Stra... (Below threshold)

Same with the Hillside Stranglers in LA. One of them had a city employee badge that he would flash at the women to make them stop.

He wanted to be caught.... (Below threshold)

He wanted to be caught.


Well, Kansas has been fine ... (Below threshold)

Well, Kansas has been fine tuning their death penalty. It should be up and running just in time for Mr. Rader.

Well, no shit he wanted to ... (Below threshold)

Well, no shit he wanted to be caught. My guess: decades pass with him content at his mediocre job, then he says to himself, "Hey! I know how I could make some extra cash!"

Next week, Lifetime will have a made-for-TV movie.






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