What Happened To Dennis Rader and Who are His Victims, Wife and Family?

By all standards, anyone else could be a killer but not someone like Dennis Rader; a church leader and responsible man with a loving wife and kids anyone would be proud of. However, the man the light shone on was different from the man darkness met as he was a brutal serial killer who terrorized his neighborhood.

What makes his case more interesting was the fact that having spent years killing people, no one had ever suspected him, not even his wife or daughter who at first believed the law had got the wrong man. As she would come to find out, the man who was a loving father, was a monster or something worse – the BTK Killer.

Who Is Dennis Rader?

March 9, 1945, was the day Dennis Rader was born in Pittsburgh, Kansas. He was raised in a normal family as the oldest with three siblings in Wichita. It is this same community that he would later visit with his acts of evil.

Although on the outside he seemed very normal, something was already wrong with him since he was a teenager. He revealed that he had a crazy sexual fantasy and would sometimes bind his legs and ankle with a bag over his head. This became the manner in which he later killed some of his victims.

He attended college for a while before dropping out to join the U.S. Air Force. After he was done with that, he took various jobs including as an electrician and as an ADT serviceman, installing security systems for homes for close to 15 years. At the time, he was already a killer.

Who Are His Victims?

Before he became a serial killer, Dennis Rader would look through the pages of magazines as a young boy and find the pictures of women. He would draw ropes and gags on them. This was a fantasy he had for a long time.

His first victims were four members of the Otero family. He entered their home in Wichita where he killed Joseph and Julie who were the parents and then Josephine and Joseph Jr. – their two kids. While killing the last girl whom he dragged to the basement and choked, he masturbated.

By the time he was done, he rushed home to his sleeping wife to also rest before its time to go to church. He took with him some of the little girl’s underwear.

Another of his victim was Shirley Vian. According to him, he selected her on March 17, 1977, randomly three years after he murdered his last victim. The woman he had wanted going after was a woman he met in a bar, Cheryl. Because she was not at home, he entered the home of Vian where he murdered the 24 years old mother of three after sleeping with her.

While he used a gun on Sheryl, he killed his next victim, Kathryn Bright with a knife. According to him, he tried strangling her but because it failed to work, he decided to use a knife and finish her off. After killing the 21-year-old, he shot her brother.

Next, it was Nancy Fox. The BTK killer revealed he saw her enter her house one night and immediately, he signed her fate as his next victim. On December 8, 1977, he would strangle her. For the next years, Dennis Rader would remain silent until 1985 when he killed another woman, Marine Hedge followed by Vicki Wegerle in 1986. His last victim who also happened to be his oldest was Dolores E. Davis, a woman of 62 whom he abducted from her home before going on to strangle her.

What Happened To Dennis Rader?

Dennis Rader
Dennis Rader (Image Source)

Following his first murder, he detailed his confession in a public library before calling a local paper to tell them where to get the confession. He revealed to the paper, Wichita Eagle, that he was not done with killing, and he named himself BTK which stands for Bind, Torture, and Kill – his method of killing.

Not wanting to be forgotten, he wrote another letter in 2004, many years since his last killing. He taunted that he was going to publish an autobiography detailing his killings. He also sent various media files including floppy disk which ended up becoming his undoing. From the disk, it was realized that there was a deleted document from the Christ Lutheran Church council president which was Rader.

Thanks to this and other evidence the police were able to build against him, he was finally arrested in February 2005. At the end of his trial, he was handed 10 life sentences. He is now serving his time at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas.

See Also: The Truth About Charles Manson And The 1969 Manson Murders

Wife and Family

Until his bad judgment of taunting the law, Dennis Rader was believed to be a good and reliable family man. He got married to Paula Dietz in 1971 and all through their years together, she never suspected her husband could be the notorious killer. Their family was blessed with two kids, Kerri and Brian.


Sam Raimi Net Worth: Here Is How Much The Filmmaker Has Made

Samuel M. Raimi is a multi-talented filmmaker well known for creating the Evil Dead series that generated a cult following, he is also known...

Why Did CocoSori Disband and What are the Former Members Doing Now?

For a few years, the not so popular k-pop; J-pop duo CocoSori, created by MOL Entertainment, thrilled their fans with heartfelt music and stirred...

Sofia Coppola Net Worth And How Much She Made From Her Movies

If there was really anyone that fits the bill of Hollywood royalty, then Sofia Coppola wouldn't be too far off the mark. She is...

Kris Wolf – 5 Interesting Facts To Know About The Wrestler

Born in America but made in Japan, Kris Hernandez better known by her ring name Kris Wolf is a larger than life personality, an...

Where are The ‘Shahs of Sunset’ Cast Now and How Old are They? 

Shahs of Sunset is a documentary reality TV show which focused on the lifestyle of a group of wealthy Iranian-Americans living in Beverly Hills. When...


Kristy McNichol – Bio, Age, Brother, Family, Gay, Where is She Now?

Kristy McNichol is an award-winning American actress cum singer who garnered fame through the ‘80s and late nineties. Her noteworthy performance could be seen...

Kealia Ohai – Biography, Net Worth, Salary, Family, Quick Facts

The number of successful women in the world of sports has impressively increased over the years and Kealia Ohai is one name that has...

What is Carl Edwards Doing Now and Why Did He Retire in The First Place?

As far as the sports of wheels is concerned, Carl Edwards is one of the best drivers out there. The former American professional stock...

Kobe Bryant’s Wife, Family And The Place They Call Home

He spent about 20 years building a stellar basketball career, but that was not the only thing the star has been building up over the...

Is Renée Felice Smith Married? Here Are Facts About Her Family And Career

Renée Felice Smith is the actress who has been portraying the character of 'Nell Jones' in the CBS military drama/police procedural action series NCIS:...

Get the Latest Gist, Profiles and Trends Straight To Your in your inbox

Related Stories