The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 February 2005

This morning in Wichita

Dennis Rader, say sources, has admitted to at least six of the BTK murders in southern Kansas. Rader, who is being held on $10 million bond, could appear in court today.

One new wrinkle: The BTK killings generally took place during a period when Kansas had no death penalty, but it's been suggested that one later murder, not previously linked to the BTK series, may also be charged to Rader, in which case, if convicted, he could be executed.

Posted at 7:27 AM to Dyssynergy


I was in the lobby of a Montana hotel when CNN was talking about it. My response: Who is BTK?! The woman watching it with me had the same question. So we kept watching and waiting for them to explain who BTK was. Took'em half an hour or so to fill us in (I guess their team had to collate the stock footage).

When my lady friend woke up I told her the news.

"Who's BTK?"

After rattling off what I'd heard, she asked why he was called BTK.

They never said.

So why is he called BTK?

Posted by: R. Alex at 10:05 AM on 28 February 2005

It's a nickname derived from his M.O.: "Bind, Torture, Kill."

Posted by: CGHill at 10:20 AM on 28 February 2005