Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door

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Harper Collins, May 27, 2008 - True Crime - 400 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - Marlene-NL - LibraryThing

on Monday, September 01, 2008 I wrote about this book: 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! So amazingly written ... Read full review

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User Review  - BellaFoxx - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Heading Homicide 1992
143
A Year of Changes 1993
148
BTK as Antiquity 1994 to 1997
154
Covering Crime 1996 to 1999
160
The Joy of Work Part 1 2000
168
The Joy of Work Part 2
173
An Anniversary Story January 12March 19 2004
180
The Monster Returns March 2225 2004
189

A Vigorous Debate March 1977
44
A Turning Point Autumn 1977
51
Nancy Fox December 8 1977
55
You Will Find a Homicide December 9 1977
59
Big News February 10 1978
65
Fear and Frustration 1978
71
Getting Focused 1978
75
Ambush and Alibis 1979
81
The Installer
87
Police Stories 1980 to 1982
90
The Ghostbusters 1984
92
Marine Hedge April 2627 1985
99
Vicki Wegerle September 16 1986
105
Prime Suspect September 1986
110
Failures and Friendships 1987 to 1988
115
The Rescuer 1988 to 1990
121
Dolores Davis January 18 1991
127
Out in the Country January 19 1991
133
Bones 1991
136
Little Hitler May 1991
140
The Swabathon MarchApril 2004
208
The BTK Story MayJune 2004
215
Sidetracked July 2004
224
Landwehr Takes the Offensive JulyAugust 2004
229
P J Wyatt AugustNovember 2004
235
Valadez December 1 2004
248
The First Breaks December 2004January 2005
254
The Big Break February 2005
272
The Stalker Is Stalked February 24 2005
288
Hello Mr Landwehr February 25 2005
293
The Interview February 25 2005
299
BTK Is Arrested February 26 2005
318
Guilty Times Ten June 27 2005
335
Demons Within Me July 2 2005
341
Auction Bizarro July 11 2005
347
The Monster Is Banished August 1719 2005
350
Epilogue
359
Acknowledgments
375
Index
379
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About the author (2008)

Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter, L. Kelly, and Hurst Laviana are award-winning journalists for The Wichita Eagle, and are all intimately acquainted with the BTK case through the Eagle.

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