True crime documentaries are experiencing a resurgence, thanks in part to some epic series released on Netflix over the past few years. Serial killers remain a source of immense fascination, as proven by the series Mindhunter and the upcoming Ted Bundy Biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
A lesser know (but no less demented) serial killer is Dennis Rader, who became known as BTK (an acronym for “Bind, Torture, Kill”). Now, Investigation Discovery will be conducting a deep-dive into Rader’s past with an eye towards identifying what turned a husband and father into a devious murderer. What’s more, BTK: A Killer Among Us will feature an extensive interview with Rader’s daughter, Kerri Rawson.
Here’s the scoop from this weekend’s press release:
In 1974, Wichita’s reputation as a peaceful community was destroyed when Dennis Rader began his killing spree with the murders of four members of the Otero family. Months later he struck again, turning his attention to Kathryn Bright, a college student who lived eerily close to his original crime. Shortly after this murder, he began leaving correspondence for police, relishing in the fear he created. His first note detailed his desire to “Bind, torture and kill.” From then on, he was dubbed “BTK.”
These killings threw the city into panic, and the pursuit for a murderer began. BTK held the city of Wichita on razor’s edge for nearly 31 years as a deliberate and meticulous killer who stalked, studied, and hunted ten innocent and unsuspecting victims. Tormenting police and media with notes and remnants from his crimes, BTK continued to correspond with the public, hungry to spread fear across the nation. Ultimately, Rader’s insatiable need to be recognized for his crimes led to his arrest in 2005. BTK: A KILLER AMONG US exposes Dennis Rader’s shocking double life through comprehensive interviews with law enforcement, victim’s family members, reporters, and arguably the closest person to Rader: his daughter, Kerri Rawson.
Look for BTK: A Killer Among Us on Sunday, February 17th at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.