Bind, Torture, Kill

Bind, Torture, Kill : The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door

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Now that he's in prison, the whole world knows that Dennis Rader is BTK. But the intricate twists and shocking turns of this story have never before been told by the people who were there - and intimately acquainted with both the BTK killer and Rader the family man. "Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door" takes readers behind closed doors, revealing the full and horrific tale as seen through the eyes of the killer, his victims, the investigators, and the reporters who covered it all. "Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door" was written by four award-winning crime reporters for "The Wichita Eagle" who covered the story for over twenty years, and with the full cooperation - for the first time - of the Wichita Police Department's BTK Task Force.During the decades-long investigation, the police chief publicly declared that anyone giving information to the press would not only lose his job but be prosecuted; only now have members of the Task Force been given permission to talk.
With hours of exclusive interviews with key Task Force members, including commander Kenny Landwehr, in-depth interviews with the families of victims, an interview with Jeff Rader, the notorious killer's brother, and over thirty years' worth of original reporters' notes, archival news stories, photos, documents, and material previously suppressed at the request of the police.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 106 x 171 x 21mm | 184g
  • Harper
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061373958
  • 9780061373954
  • 31,237

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For thirty-one years, a monster terrorized the residents of Wichita, Kansas. A bloodthirsty serial killer, self-named "BTK"--for "bind them, torture them, kill them"--he slaughtered men, women, and children alike, eluding the police for decades while bragging of his grisly exploits to the media. The nation was shocked when the fiend who was finally apprehended turned out to be Dennis Rader--a friendly neighbor . . . a devoted husband . . . a helpful Boy Scout dad . . . the respected president of his church.

Written by four award-winning crime reporters who covered the story for more than twenty years, Bind, Torture, Kill is the most intimate and complete account of the BTK nightmare told by the people who were there from the beginning. With newly released documents, evidence, and information--and with the full cooperation, for the very first time, of the Wichita Police Department's BTK Task Force--the authors have put all the pieces of the grisly puzzle into place, thanks to their unparalleled access to the families of the killer and his victims.
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About Roy Wenzl

Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter, L. Kelly, and Hurst Laviana are award-winning journalists for The Wichita Eagle, and are all intimately acquainted with the BTK case through the Eagle.
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