Dennis Rader

BTK Killer, BTK Strangler, Bind Torture Kill

  Active for 31 years
(1974-2004) in United States

10

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

10

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
Jump to:
  1. Summary
  2. Serial Killer Profile
  3. Serial Killer Type
  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 11 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 17 Books About Dennis Rader
  14. 9 External References
  15. Internal References

Dennis Rader an American serial killer known as The BTK Killer and The BTK Strangler. Rader gave himself the name BTK standing for Bind, Torture, Kill. He murdered ten people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita), Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. During his spree he sent letters to the police and newspapers describing the details of his crimes. In one letter Rader demanded media attention for his crimes. In 2005, Rader was arrested near his home in Park City and accused of the BTK killings. He later confessed and was sentenced to ten consecutive life terms.

Dennis Rader Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Dennis Rader (aka) BTK Killer, BTK Strangler, Bind Torture Kill, was active for 31 years between 1974-2004, known to have ( 10 confirmed / 10 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Dennis Rader was born (Dennis Lynn Rader) on March 9th 1945 in Pittsburg, city in Crawford County, in southeastern Kansas, United States. He was born 1st of 4 children and raised by both parents. Rader was raised as a oldest child and had three brothers, Paul, William and Jeffery Rader. His father, William E. Rader, deceased 1966, Dennis (Age 21). His mother, Dorothea Cook Rader.

Rader a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America, with religious ties and/or beliefs connected with the Lutheranism religion, organization or belief system. Rader completed 14 years of school, received a college degree. Rader gained part of his education while attending Butler Community College, Wichita State University. Rader married, Paula Dietz, Dennis (Age 26/27) divorced Paula, Dennis (Age 59/60). He had two children, Brian Rader and Kerri Rawson.

In 1974 (Age 28/29) Dennis Rader started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to torture, strangle, stalk, and murder his victims. He was known to kill victims at his own home. He would keep personal items from the victim after the crime. Dennis Rader used a blindfold or simiar method of covering the victim's eyes. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife Paula in Park City, Kansas, US, where Rader was known to work as a serial killer, Agente de Seguridad Privada, butcher.

He was arrested on February 25th 2005 (Age 59), convicted on August 18th 2005 (Age 60), sentenced to life imprisonment at El Dorado Correctional Facility in El Dorado, Kansas, US. Rader was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Profile Completeness: 92%
serial killers by profile completeness

Dennis Rader has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 6 months ago.

Dennis Rader a known:

Dennis Rader
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-15 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Dennis Rader
Nickname: BTK Killer, BTK Strangler, Bind Torture Kill
Victims: 10 - 10
Years Active: 1974 - 2004
Ages Active: 28/29 - 58/59
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1945 -     
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Religious Affiliation: Lutheranism
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Feb 18 - Mar 20
Birth Month: March
Marital Status: married, Paula Dietz, Dennis (Age 26/27) divorced Paula, Dennis (Age 59/60)
Children: two children, Brian Rader and Kerri Rawson
Living With: his wife Paula in Park City, Kansas, US
Occupation: serial killer, Agente de Seguridad Privada, butcher
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Mar 9, 1945
Birth Name: Dennis Lynn Rader
Family Name: Rader
Given Name: Dennis
Birth Location: Pittsburg, city in Crawford County, in southeastern Kansas, United States
Birth Order: 1st of 4
Siblings: three brothers, Paul, William and Jeffery Rader
Rasied By: both parents
Birth Category: oldest child
Mother: Dorothea Cook Rader
Father: William E. Rader, deceased 1966, Dennis (Age 21)

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 14 years of school
Highest Degree: college degree
Educated At: Butler Community College, Wichita State University

Incarceration
Arrested: Feb 25, 2005 (Age 59)
Convicted: Aug 18, 2005 (Age 60)
Sentence: life imprisonment
Prison Location: El Dorado Correctional Facility in El Dorado, Kansas, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: FALSE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
11 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Dennis Rader

The 11 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Dennis Rader. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Mar 09 1945Dennis Rader was born in Pittsburg, city in Crawford County, in southeastern Kansas, United States.  #19450309
Mar 09 1965
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1974
(Age 28/29)
Dennis Rader started his serial killing spree. #1974
Mar 09 1975
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Mar 09 1985
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Mar 09 1995
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
2004
(Age 58/59)
Dennis Rader ended his serial killing spree. #2004
Feb 25 2005
(Age 59)
Dennis Rader arrested. #20050225
Mar 09 2005
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Aug 18 2005
(Age 60)
Dennis Rader was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment at El Dorado Correctional Facility in El Dorado, Kansas, US.  #20050818
Mar 09 2015
(Age 70)
70th Birthday

37 / 40
ANSWERED
Serial Killer
Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
living with children TRUE 267
kill at killers home TRUE 315
used weapon TRUE 448
torture TRUE 421
stalk TRUE 413
blindfold TRUE 359
bound TRUE 401
strangle TRUE 437
totem personal item TRUE 350
father drug abuse FALSE 190
mother drug abuse FALSE 192
problems in school FALSE 218
teased in school FALSE 215
physically defect FALSE 298
speach defect FALSE 298
head injury FALSE 297
physically abused FALSE 228
psychologically abused FALSE 221
sexually abused FALSE 223
drug abuse FALSE 223
alcohol abuse FALSE 222
psychologist FALSE 256
forensic hospital FALSE 255
previous crimes FALSE 363
previous jail FALSE 347
previous prision FALSE 332
previous killed FALSE 207
kill at victims home FALSE 318
used gun FALSE 447
rape FALSE 447
sex with body FALSE 426
mutilated FALSE 440
ate part of body FALSE 445
drank blood FALSE 436
posed body FALSE 360
totem body part FALSE 361
robbed FALSE 414


Books that Mention Dennis Rader

Book: Serial Killer Stranglers (mentions serial killer Dennis Rader)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Stranglers
Book: A Good Marriage (mentions serial killer Dennis Rader)
Stephen King
A Good Marriage
Book: Serial Killers (mentions serial killer Dennis Rader)
Peter Vronsky
Serial Killers
Book: Inside the Mind of BTK (mentions serial killer Dennis Rader)
John Douglas
Inside the Mind of BTK
Book: A Serial Killer's Daughter (mentions serial killer Dennis Rader)
Kerri Rawson
A Serial Killer's Daughter
Book: Bind, Torture, Kill (mentions serial killer Dennis Rader)
Roy Wenzl
Bind, Torture, Kill
Book: Inside the Mind of BTK (mentions serial killer Dennis Rader)
John Douglas
Inside the Mind of BTK
Book: The Killer Across the Table (mentions serial killer Dennis Rader)
John E. Douglas
The Killer Across the Table

17 Books that mention Serial Killer
Dennis Rader

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
150110442x A Good Marriage 1
0425196402 Serial Killers 24
0470325151 Inside the Mind of BTK 1
1400201756 A Serial Killer's Daughte... 1
0061739111 Bind, Torture, Kill 1
0470437685 Inside the Mind of BTK 4
006291152x The Killer Across the Tab... 4
0743299221 Unholy Messenger 1
1101219920 Nightmare in Wichita 1
0062910639 The Killer Across the Tab... 3
1611689732 Confession of a Serial Ki... 4
1530413753 Bind, Torture, Kill 1
0763730017 Criminology 1
1599861992 Btk Killer 1
0578031760 Learning Redefined 1
1400201764 A Serial Killer's Daughte... 1

Dennis Lynn Rader (born March 9, 1945) is an American serial killer known as the BTK Killer or the BTK Strangler. He gave himself the name "BTK" (for "Bind, Torture, Kill"), which was his infamous signature. Between 1974 and 1991, Rader killed ten people in the Wichita, Kansas metro area.

Wikipedia
External References
  1. Dennis Rader on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 18, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Dennis Lynn RADER on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 18, 2018.
  3. Misty Sexton, Melissa Shaw, Dennis L. Rader on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Sep 18, 2018.
  4. Kristin Elink-Schuurman-Laura, Rader, Dennis on skdb.fgcu.edu, Retrieved on Sep 18, 2018.
  5. Q365456 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 10, 2018.
  6. Dennis Rader on www.biography.com, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
  7. Dennis Rader on www.alcatrazeast.com, Retrieved on Jan 10, 2019.
  8. Dennis Lynn Rader, the BTK killer on disturbinghorror.com, Retrieved on Feb 2, 2019.
  9. Dennis Rader on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 18, 2019.
Internal References

Dennis Rader is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #9 of 38 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in March
  2. #11 of 40 [ Page 1 ] of Pisces Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #12 of 649 [ Page 1 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  4. #13 of 53 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killer Stalkers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #31 of 88 [ Page 3 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #65 of 326 [ Page 5 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  7. #77 of 249 [ Page 6 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #117 of 649 [ Page 8 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  9. #179 of 649 [ Page 12 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  10. #479 of 649 [ Page 32 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
Statistics:
Serial Killers Statistics, charts Dennis Rader is included in: Active Serial Killers by Country, Serial Killers By Gender, Age of Serial Killer by Date, Killers By Astrological Sign, Killers By Birth Month, Serial Killers IQ Level, Highest Degree Achieved, Sexual Preference, Birth Category, Active Serial Killers by Year and Statistical Boolean Questions.
Years Active: