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On January 15, 1974, Rader killed four members of the Otero family in their home—Joseph and Julie Otero and two of their children, Josephine and Joseph Jr. They died by strangulation, and Rader took a watch and a radio from the home.
A.K.A.: "The BTK killer" Classification: Serial killer Characteristics: Sadist - Fetishist Number of victims: 10 Date of murders: 1974 - 1991 Date of arrest: February 25, 2005 Date of birth: March 9, 1945 Victims profile: Joseph Otero, 38, his wife Julie, 34, and two of their children: Joseph II, 9, and Josephine, 11 / Kathryn Bright, 21 / Shirley Vian, 24 / Nancy Fox, 25 / Marine Hedge, 53 / Vicki Wegerle, 28 / Dolores E. Davis, 62 Method of murder: Ligature strangulation - Stabbing with knife
Dennis Rader. Wichita, KS., killer Dennis Rader signed the taunting letters he sent to police "B.T.K," meaning "bind, torture, kill." Indeed, this was the means by which he murdered ten people between 1974 and 1991, all the while maintaining a life as a husband, father, church deacon and scout leader. His first four victims were all members of the same family, and were killed on the same day, in front of each other. Rader's undoing came in 2005, after police traced him using a floppy disk
Rader is an American serial killer who murdered at least 10 people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita), Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. He was known as the BTK killer (or the BTK strangler), which stands for Bind, Torture and Kill, an apt description of his modus operandi. Letters were written soon after the killings to police and to local news outlets, boasting of the crimes and knowledge of details.