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But two former FBI agents who profiled BTK, both experts in the areas of criminal profiling and violent sexual offenders, say Rader is a lot like other serial killers in some ways, but not in others. Unlike most serial killers, however, Rader went on a spree that lasted an unusually long time. Also unusual for a serial killer, according to Hazelwood, was the amount of time that passed between his crimes. Spotsylvania, Va. Most serial killers do not communicate with the authorities, and when they do it is hardly ever to the extent that Rader did.
But he also said that BTK was articulate, had likely been interviewed by and been cooperative with the task force, and was probably known to the operator of an adult bookstore in the area—all of which proved to be incorrect. Ressler says that Rader, like many serial killers, is a sexual sadist with a vivid fantasy structure.
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Rader also shares another character trait with many serial killers, Ressler says, in that he took personal items from several of his victims as souvenirs. Rader also manifested the common serial-killer desire to be involved in law enforcement, according to Ressler. Berkowitz, who shot six people to death and wounded several others in New York City in the late s, had a job as a security guard.
And Gacy, who killed 33 young men and boys in the Chicago area in the s, told people he was an undercover police officer and drove a vehicle that resembled an unmarked patrol car, Ressler notes.
Serial killers tend to have above-average intelligence and realize they must put up a facade of respectability to help cover up their criminal behavior, he says. Gacy was married. And Bundy, who confessed to more than 30 murders, had a longtime girlfriend.
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If he had, they point out, he had 31 years to turn himself in. The beginning of the end for BTK came in January , when he sent a postcard to a Wichita TV station describing a package he claimed to have left by the side of the road. In the message, BTK also asked about the status of another package he said he had left at a Home Depot store a few weeks earlier.
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The roadside package turned out to be a cereal box containing a document. It described in gruesome detail his first crime—the murders of a couple and two of their five children. The box also held some jewelry and a doll with a rope around its neck; the doll was tied to a curved PVC pipe, apparently representing one of the victims, an year-old girl.
An initial search of the premises turned up nothing from BTK. But a store employee told police that his girlfriend had found a cereal box with writing on it in the bed of his pickup truck about two weeks earlier. The employee, thinking it was a joke, threw the box away. Police recovered the trash and found the box, which contained several documents, including the one asking police whether BTK could communicate with them via a floppy disk without being traced.
Police ran the ad. Two weeks later, a disk arrived in the mail at another TV station, along with a gold chain, a photocopied cover of a novel about a killer who bound and gagged his victims, and several 3-by-5 index cards, one of which gave instructions for communicating with BTK through the newspaper. Landwehr says Rader had taken pains to delete any identifying information from the disk.
A simple Internet search turned up a Web site for the church, which identified Dennis Rader as president of the congregation. Police quickly determined that Rader was a code compliance officer in Park City, located his address, drove past his house and saw a black Jeep Grand Cherokee registered to his son, Brian, in the driveway. Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.
It also includes a discussion of the media approach to covering serial homicide. The Brief is divided into four major sections covering: definitions and overview of serial homicide, profiling perpetrators according to different typologies, profiling victims, applied case studies, and recommendations for investigation and prevention. See All Customer Reviews.
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