“Cereal boxes because serial killer,” said Dr. Katherine Ramsland, a forensic psychologist and author of "Confession of a Serial Killer, the Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer.". For more than 30 years, the BTK killer haunted the community in and around Wichita, Kansas, torturing and murdering 10 people, including two children. Police interrogation video shows the moment detectives hear Dennis Rader admit to being the notorious serial killer who spent decades tormenting Wichita, Kansas. BTK's daughter tells her story of living with a serial killer father. He was the BTK Strangler—a serial killer who murdered at least 10 people with incomprehensible sadism: Binding, Torturing, and Killing his victims inside their homes. Kerri Rawson grew up worshipping her doting, protective father, Dennis Rader. Kerri Rawson is seen here with her father Dennis Rader in this 2002 family photo. The BTK Killer is still a mystery. "He [the FBI agent] asked, 'Do you know who BTK is?' ... but also a serial killer. '), (MORE: Why former FBI agent thinks 'Golden State Killer' suspect fits the serial killer profile). The abbreviation "BTK" stands for “Bind, Torture, Kill,” a moniker Rader had given himself years earlier indicating what he had done to his victims. In the latest special from Investigation Discovery, Rawson comes to terms with her father's horrific crimes. Rader murdered his ninth victim, Vicki Wegerle, in September 1986. ... Then everything upended on us'), an FBI agent showed up at Rawson’s front door, (MORE: BTK killer's daughter: It's the 'worst club you could ever imagine belonging to'), torturing and murdering 10 people, including two children, (MORE: Families of BTK serial killer's victims remember their loved ones: 'My life changed instantly'), DailyMail.com said he wrote in his letter to them, (MORE: BTK serial killer's daughter shares letters he wrote her from behind bars). Rawson said she began writing her father again in 2012, and still does to this day, because she has forgiven him. Less than two years later, in September 1986, Vicki Wegerle became Rader’s ninth victim. on the 25th of February 2005, a few minutes to noon the life of Kerri Rawson (BTK daughter) life changed completely. She lives with her husband, two children, and two cats in Michigan. “I live with depression and anxiety. Kelly Otis. I had my husband. From 1974 to 1991, serial killer Dennis Rader murdered 10 people under the moniker BTK Killer, standing for "Bind, Torture, Kill." As she started to learn more, Rawson said she assumed the killer “was a loner,” some guy who had been in trouble with the law in the past. Who Is the BTK Killer? Don't ever give up. Not only that, he taunted the police and terrorized the citizens of Wichita Kansas through the media releasing photos and evidence of his victims looking for fame and notoriety. After the "20/20" program aired in February, DailyMail.com reported that Rader had written the website a rambling letter in which he acknowledged her book and the "20/20" interview with his daughter. Dennis Rader’s wife left her meal half-eaten on the dinner table when her husband was arrested. He killed 21-year-old Kathryn Bright later that year and his next two victims, Shirley Vian and Nancy Fox, in 1977. "I was born in '78," Rawson said. For more than two decades, the image of her father was one of a veteran, a church board president, and a reliable Boy Scout troop leader. BTK killer on his way out, Bo Rader-The Wichita Eagle/Reuters Between 1974 and 1991 he terrorized the people of Wichita, Kansas by a series of ten murders. Rawson continued. “We opened it up and it was pictures of Vicki Wegerle, who was killed in 1986 in her home.”. See more ideas about serial killers, true crime, crime scene. For years, there were no killings, no phone calls to police, no letters left around town or sent to journalists. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? He is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas. “We were living our normal life. He wanted fame for the killings he did and to do so he would write letters which involved drawings and poems to local police and news outlets describing what he had done. Link in my profile. In her new book, "A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming," Rawson describes struggling to reconcile the loving father she knew with psychopathic murderer known as BTK. Kerri Rawson and her father, Dennis Rader, are seen here in this August 1995 family photo. But biological specimens left behind at his crime scenes had been carefully preserved, allowing authorities by 2005 to confirm the killer’s identity through DNA analysis. Daughter of BTK Killer Dennis Rader struggled to forgive dad. Kerri Rawson is seen here with her father, Dennis Rader, when she graduated from college in 2003. “I was mad. I would've willingly given it. BTK killer's daughter on growing up related to a serial murderer Kerri Rawson discusses what it's like to grow up as the daughter of a convicted serial killer. BTK Strangler Dennis Rader's daughter unwittingly played role in catching America's most elusive serial killer. A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming is now available for pre-order at all major bookstores. His office was down the hall from the Park City Police Department. “Eventually the disk arrives, and it is taken directly to a forensics software detective.”. I'm never corresponding with BTK," Rawson contined. All opinions are my own and keep in mind that this post contains affiliate links which means if you click a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small portion of the sale.. Kerri Rawson is the daughter of Dennis Rader, better known to the world as the serial killer BTK. I was like, 'My father is a good guy. Ramsland corresponded and met with Rader over the course of five years after he was incarcerated. ", 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. In this family photo, Dennis Rader lifts his daughter Kerri Rawson up to place the star on top of the family Christmas tree, Dec. 1984. How his Daughter led to his Arrest. They took her annual pap smears to get samples of her DNA for testing. Rawson couldn’t bring herself to attend her father’s court appearances, where he recounted how he tried to make one of his victims comfortable offering him a pillow as he was killing him. “So law enforcement put an ad in the paper that said ‘Rex, it’ll be OK,’” said Tim Relph, a Wichita Police detective. Kerri Rawson's father was Dennis Rader the BTK killer, whose chilling moniker stood for "bind, torture, kill." Dennis Rader had killed 10 people by the time this family photo was taken in 1998. Rawson's mother was granted an emergency divorce from Rader in July 2005. “I'll never forget that day,” said former Wichita Police Det. Kerri Rawson is seen here during an interview with "20/20. And then he says, 'Your dad has been arrested as BTK. "If we had had an inkling that my father had harmed anyone, let anyone murdered anyone, let alone 10, we would've gone screaming out that door to the police station," Rawson said. But you're, sort of, alone. I'm talking to the man that I lived with and loved for 26 years. I was like, 'You mean the person that's wanted for murders back in Kansas?'" Over a 27-year period he killed 10 people. Here's the untold truth of the BTK killer's daughter, Kerri Rawson. In her statement, Rawson told "20/20" that she'd received a letter from her father in February, in which he told her he had “watched a lot of the interviews” she had done for her memoir, "A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming," though she added she is not currently in contact with him. When investigators got into the disk’s metadata, Relph said it showed that the disk had been in a computer registered to Christ Lutheran Church and a user named Dennis. ", “I would wake up screaming, sitting up in bed, and my mom was always the one that would come comfort [me],” she continued. Rawson went to Kansas State University, where she met her husband, Darian. ... That's not the man I knew and loved.”. “He says, ‘Let me know ... in the classified ads of the Wichita Eagle, that it's OK. “We had helicopters. Rader's killing spree began in January 1974, when he targeted four members of the Otero family, killing Joseph and Julie Otero and two of their five children. '", "You don't want to believe it’s true," Rawson continued. Kerri Rawson, the daughter of BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, broke the family’s nine-year silence Thursday and talked about her father’s 10 murders. Rawson said she first read about the serial killer in Wichita in an article on ABCNews.com. I started having night terrors around that time. The BTK Killer is still a mystery. “I wasn't corresponding with BTK. “[I’m] trying to say, ‘I've gone through hell. Rawson said her mother was granted an emergency divorce in July 2005. She knew her father as a man who was the president of his church, a Boy Scout troop leader and an Air Force veteran; a man who was nearly 60 by that point, balding and wore glasses. I had slept in," she told "20/20" her first television interview. BTK's daughter opens up about her father in revealing new documentary Kerri Rawson, daughter of Dennis Rader, recalls the moment she learned her father was a serial killer in a new ID doc. She needed to know whether Rader's DNA matched the killer's. When the murders began in the 1970s, DNA technology had yet to be developed. I had therapy. She now also has a son in addition to her daughter. 2 years ago. "We were living our normal life. Foulston had samples of the killer's DNA from crime scenes, and she had a strong suspicion that BTK was a man named Dennis Rader. “I had no idea,” Rawson said. In her first television interview, Kerri Rawson spoke with "20/20" about her father, Dennis Rader. Pictured with his daughter in 1988. We looked like a normal American family because we were a normal family. "I'm glad I'm able to make some small difference for the better in other people’s lives," Rawson told "20/20" in a recent statement. Rader's killing spree began in January 1974, when he targeted four members of the Otero family, killing Joseph and Julie Otero and two of their five children. I'm still here. They needed to be safe about it. I'm suffering from PTSD,” she said. “He has said himself that he just got busy raising kids and having a family,” Rawson said. Dennis Lynn Rader (born March 9, 1945) is an American serial killer known as BTK (an abbreviation he gave himself, for "bind, torture, kill") or the BTK Strangler or the BTK Killer.Between 1974 and 1991, Rader killed ten people in Wichita and Park City, Kansas, and sent taunting letters to police and newspapers describing the details of his crimes. She said she wrote her dad in 2007 to let him know she was pregnant with her first child -- a daughter -- but then said she cut off communication with him again for five years afterward. To Rawson, her childhood seemed normal. Dennis Rader is pictured in a photo released, Feb. 27, 2005, in Sedgwick County, Kansas. Athletic and nearly five foot ten, she was no girlie girl, and he loved that. Kerri is the daughter of the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killer, Dennis Rader. He was known for taunting the Wichita local media and police with letters and sometimes even phone calls, seeking recognition and detailing his horrific crimes. Most in Wichita believed he just disappeared. "[The agent] was asking me questions about my dad, about dates and things, and I was ... trying to almost alibi my father. ...… At the time, it felt like an invasion of my privacy.”. Like many kids, Kerri Rawson, now 40, from Michigan, was petrified of the BTK killer and turned to her beloved dad for comfort. Kerri Rawson, the daughter of BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, broke the family’s nine-year silence Thursday and talked about her father’s 10 murders. He was able to trick his community into thinking he was a friendly neighbor, loving husband and father. ", he was being named among the most notorious serial killers, (MORE: The 'BTK' Case: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer), targeted four members of the Otero family, (MORE: FBI 'unraveling true extent' of convicted killer's crimes after he confesses to 90 murders), (MORE: 'Possible serial killer' nabbed in Texas slayings charged with capital murder; police vow to 'up our game' with parolees), (MORE: Cops to suspected serial killer: 'We know it's you. "But it is the truth.”. Kerri Rawson told "20/20" that, on Feb. 25, 2005, the FBI arrived at her home to tell her that her father Dennis Rader had been arrested and identified as the BTK serial killer. Rawson decided to come forward to talk about her story now, after all this time, she said, because she wants to start taking control of her story. Kerri Rawson, daughter of Dennis Rader, otherwise known as serial killer BTK, talks to A&E Real Crime about her struggle to reconcile the man who raised her with the one who, for years, terrorized her hometown of Wichita, Kansas. "I was substitute teaching and I took the day off. Rawson is emphatic that neither she nor her mother or her brother knew anything about Rader's killings before his arrest. Mom was pregnant with her in 1977 when BTK murdered Nancy Fox. According to DailyMail.com, Rader also claimed in the same letter that he had an "11th victim chosen" that would have "become my 'retirement victim' from the SK [serial killer] world" because he was "getting too old and wanted to back off and still remain 'BTK. And then everything upended on us.". 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