Category: Dennis Rader

Dennis Rader’s pastor finds his way through uncharted territory

The Rev. Michael Clark had never even set foot inside a jail before February. He knew little about that world, though he’d considered criminology as a career when he started college. But when Wichita police arrested one of his parishioners — Dennis Rader –nearly five months ago, Clark began a learning journey that continues today. A journey on which good has collided with evil — and yet faith has been strengthened, not questioned. As Rader faces sentencing today for 10 murders, Clark will be in the courtroom, as he has been for Rader since the case began. The unthinkable news

Dennis Rader Sentenced to 10 Life Terms for Kansas BTK Murders

Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) — Dennis Rader, a former Cub Scout leader and president of his Lutheran church, was sentenced to 10 life sentences today after he admitted to a string of “self- centered, very selfish” torture killings in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, from 1974 to 1991. Sedgwick County District Judge Greg Waller ordered that Rader, 60, serve at least 40 years before parole is considered. The sentencing followed a two-day hearing where relatives of the 10 victims described the suffering of their families. Rader, who dabbed at his eyes during the family presentations, addressed the court for almost 30

After 31 years and 10 deaths pieces fall in place

WICHITA, Kan. – (KRT) – It was the moment Lt. Ken Landwehr, commander of the BTK task force, had devoted much of his life to making happen: “Hello, Mr. Landwehr,” a handcuffed Dennis Rader said, as officers put him into the back seat of an unmarked police car. In Context Arrest in Killings Stuns Church Pastor visits BTK suspect in jail Rader pleads guilty to BTK killings BTK killer blames ‘demon’ for murders “Hello, Mr. Rader,” Landwehr responded. And with that brief exchange, Landwehr knew: This guy might open up and tell us everything we need to know to put

BTK killer blames ‘demon’ for murders

WICHITA (AP) — Confessed BTK serial killer Dennis Rader made his first public apology for the murders that horrified a community for a quarter-century, blaming a “demon” that got inside him at a young age. “I have a lot of remorse. I’m very sorry for them. It is something I wouldn’t want to happen to my family,” he told KAKE-TV. The interview was conducted Saturday; some of it was aired Wednesday night with additional portions to air Thursday. Rader, who pleaded guilty last week to 10 first-degree murders in the Wichita area from 1974 to 1991, nicknamed himself BTK, for

Rader pleads guilty to BTK killings

WICHITA (AP) — The man suspected of being the BTK strangler has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder. Dennis Rader, 60, of Park City, entered the guilty pleas as his trial was scheduled to begin Monday. Prosecutors said before the hearing that no plea deal made. Rader admitted killing 10 people in the Wichita area between 1974 and 1991. The serial killer known as BTK — the self-coined nickname that stands for “Bind, Torture, Kill” — taunted media and police with cryptic messages that became increasingly frequent in the months before Rader’s arrest on Feb. 25. Rader will

BTK suspect facing arraignment on 10 murder charges

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – More than 30 years after the first killings that began a reign of terror in this Midwest city, the man accused of being the BTK strangler is expected to plead his innocence this week. Dennis Rader, formerly an ordinance enforcement officer for suburban Park City, was arrested Feb. 25 and is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder for deaths linked to the BTK strangler, whose nickname stands for “Bind, Torture, Kill.” An attorney for Rader, 60, told reporters after an earlier hearing that Rader would plead not guilty at his arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday. Speculation

Pastor visits BTK suspect in jail

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) — The suspect in the BTK serial killings was fired from his job on Wednesday, but got assurances that he will continue to be a member the church where he is a leader. Dennis Rader, charged with 10 killings over the past three decades, was let go from his job as a compliance supervisor in the Wichita suburb of Park City. The City Council took the action on an unanimous vote Wednesday evening, giving failure to report to work or call in as the reason for Rader’s dismissal. Earlier in the day, Rader was visited in jail

Arrest in Killings Stuns Church

Kansas congregation can’t believe its president is a suspect in 10 sadistic slayings. WICHITA, Kan. — The faithful gathered at Christ Lutheran Church early Sunday morning, bewildered and overpowered by a sense of betrayal. Just a week ago, Dennis Rader, president of the 400-member congregation, had been a welcome and familiar face in their midst. He had recently dropped off spaghetti sauce and a salad for a church dinner, the pastor said. On Friday, Rader, 59, was arrested and accused of being the long-sought BTK killer who tortured and killed 10 people in the Wichita area from 1974 to 1991.