Inside the Mind of BTK

Inside the Mind of BTK

The True Story Behind the Thirty-year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer

Large Print - 2007
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A dramatic and compelling true-crime psychological thriller This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations. After disappearing for nine years, he suddenly reappeared, complaining that no one was paying enough attention to him and claiming that he had committed other crimes for which he had not been given credit. When he was ultimately captured, BTK was shockingly revealed to be Dennis Rader, a 61-year-old married man with two children. John Douglas (Washington, D.C. area), a former FBI agent and pioneer serial killer profiler, is one of the most successful true crime authors in the country. He is the author of the New York Times number one bestseller Mindhunter (0-671-52890-4), which first introduced the public to the idea of psychological profiles as a tool in hunting down killers. Douglas served as technical advisor for the film Silence of the Lambs, much of which was based on his work. Johnny Dodd (Los Angeles, CA area) is a writer at People magazine.
Publisher: Waterville, Me : Thorndike Press, 2007.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780786299317
Branch Call Number: 364.15230973 DOU
Characteristics: 665 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Dodd, Johnny 1963-


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Aug 20, 2015

This is one of the best true-crime books I've ever read! As you go through the troubled past of Dennis Rader through diary entries, photographs and testimony from the infamous BTK killer himself, you not only learn about his string of gruesome murders, but how to prevent someone like him from committing similar acts in the future. Sunlight is the best disinfectant when dealing with serial killers. Don't leave the public in the dark - make sure they're your eyes and ears on the ground. And use technology to your advantage. It's what marked the beginning of the end for Rader.

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