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Unholy Messenger: The Life and Crimes of the Btk Serial Killer

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To all appearances, Dennis Rader was a model citizen in the small town of Park City, Kansas, where he had lived with his family almost his entire life. He was a town compliance officer, a former Boy Scout leader, the president of his church congregation, and a seemingly ordinary father and husband. But Rader's average life belied the existence of his dark, sadistic other self: he was the BTK serial killer.

The self-named BTK (for Bind, Torture, Kill) had terrorized Wichita for thirty-one years, not only with his brutal, sexually motivated crimes, but also through his taunting, elusive communications with the media and law enforcement. In 1974, BTK committed his first murders — torturing and strangling four members of the Otero family — and wrote the police an audacious letter declaring his responsibility for the Oteros' deaths and labeling himself, for the first time, BTK. Thus he established a pattern — stalking and killing a series of ten victims, then bragging and claiming ownership of his crimes — that ended in 1991 but left law enforcement confounded and the public with deeply troubling memories. Until, that is, he resurfaced in 2004 with another string of letters that would finally lead to his arrest.

Drawing from extensive interviews with Rader's pastor, congregation, detectives, and psychologists who worked the case, and from his unnervingly de-tailed thirty-two-hour confession, bestselling author Stephen Singular delves into the disturbing life and crimes of BTK to explore fully — for the first time — the most dangerous and complex serial killer of our generation and the man who embodied, at once, astonishing extremes of normality and abnormality.

InUnholy Messenger, Singular recounts the year prior to Rader's arrest, in which the BTK killer reemerged, and the aftermath. Woven throughout are the details of his crimes, elaborate schemes, and bids for public attention, and the wrenching impact his deception had on his family, church, and heartland community.

The result is a chilling story of a man considered a spiritual leader by his pastor and congregation, who turned out to be the devil next door. More than just true crime, Unholy Messenger is a powerful, thoroughly engrossing examination of the intersection between good and evil, and of the psychology and spirituality of a killer in whom faith and bloodshed converged.

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A horrifying and fascinating account of the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killer Dennis Rader, who terrorized Wichita, Kansas, for more than 30 years until he was arrested in 2005.

Synopsis:

Behind a façade of Midwestern normalcy, Dennis Rader hid a life of bloodlust, sadism, and murder beyond imagining.

The upstanding family man, Scout leader, and church board president was well liked and trusted by his Wichita community.

Kansans — and all of America — would never recover from the truth: He was BTK, the madman who bound, tortured, and killed ten victims over the course of three decades.

Drawing on extensive interviews, including exclusive access to Rader's pastor and congregation, bestselling author Stephen Singular chronicles the horrific crimes, the investigation, the capture, and confession of BTK — and, more deeply than any other account, reveals how his 2005 arrest shattered and challenged those in a circle of faith who thought they knew him best.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416531548
Subtitle:
The Life and Crimes of the BTK Serial Killer
Author:
Singular, Stephen
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Murder - Serial Killers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20070327
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 6.685 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A horrifying and fascinating account of the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killer Dennis Rader, who terrorized Wichita, Kansas, for more than 30 years until he was arrested in 2005.
"Synopsis" by , Behind a façade of Midwestern normalcy, Dennis Rader hid a life of bloodlust, sadism, and murder beyond imagining.

The upstanding family man, Scout leader, and church board president was well liked and trusted by his Wichita community.

Kansans — and all of America — would never recover from the truth: He was BTK, the madman who bound, tortured, and killed ten victims over the course of three decades.

Drawing on extensive interviews, including exclusive access to Rader's pastor and congregation, bestselling author Stephen Singular chronicles the horrific crimes, the investigation, the capture, and confession of BTK — and, more deeply than any other account, reveals how his 2005 arrest shattered and challenged those in a circle of faith who thought they knew him best.

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