1974 — Dennis Rader commits his first murders

Dennis Rader was an American serial killer who abducted, tortured and killed ten people between 1974 and 1991, sending boastful letters the the police which he signed “BTK” (“Bind Torture Kill”). He ceased sending the letters for a time after his last murder, only to resume correspondence in 2004 – leading to his arrest and conviction in 2005.

His first victims were members of Otero family of Wichita, Kansas: parents Joseph and Julie, their son Joseph jnr, and daughter Josephine. Rader suffocated the males with plastic bags, strangling Julie with rope and hanging Josephine. His first letter, which he ‘mailed’ by concealing it inside an engineering book at the Wichita Public Library in October 1974, described the murder of the Oteros in gruesome detail.

As of this writing, Rader remains in the El Dorado Correctional Facility, where he is serving ten consecutive life sentences (175 years) without parole.

Referenced in:
B.T.K. — Church of Misery
Bind Torture Kill — Suffocation
Bind, Torture and Kill — Suicide Commando