The BTK Murders by Carlton Smith
Inside the "Bind Torture Kill" Case that Terrified America's Heartland

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From 1974 to 1991, someone in the midwestern city of Wichita was leaving behind slain tortured bodies and anonymously proclaiming himself to police and reporters as “BTK” for “Bind, Torture, Kill.” Then, for the next 14 years, BTK was silent. But when he began sending letters again, investigators would not miss their chance...

Stunningly, police arrested Dennis Rader, the president of his church board and the father of two. As a shocked community watched, evidence began to pile up. Then Rader coldly described how he went about “his projects” as the families of his victims relived the horrific scenes this supposed pillar of the community had unleashed on their loved ones.

From the tricks he used to enter his victims’ homes to the puzzles he sent the media and the key role his own daughter may have played in his arrest, The BTK Murders is the definitive story of the BTK killer. He was, as one victim’s family member called him, “a black hole inside the shell of a human being”—and the worst American serial killer since Ted Bundy.
 

About Carlton Smith

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Carlton Smith wrote the New York Times bestselling The Search for the Green River Killer. An award-winning journalist for The Los Angeles Times and The Seattle Times during the 1970s and 1980s, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting in 1988. His books include Mind Games, Cold Blooded, The Prom Night Murders, Cold as Ice and In the Arms of Evil. There are more than two million copies of his books in print.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by St. Martin's True Crime. 361 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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