Was the Killer Next Door?

Dennis Rader was a husband, father, church leader --and is now the man accused of terrorizing Wichita

Like all young moms in Wichita, Kans., in the late 1970s, Paula Rader had every reason to be afraid. A killer was on the loose. He was known as BTK--for "bind them, torture them, kill them," from a note sent to the local newspaper after he murdered four members of the Otero family in 1974. By 1979, when Paula's daughter Kerri was born and her son Brian was 4, BTK had killed three more female victims. But years later, BTK would send the cops a photocopy of a book cover with the adage "Never kill anyone you know," confirming that Paula...

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