Dennis Rader was born on 9th March 1945 in Wichita. He was born in a fairly humble home. Even as a teenager, he sought violence. He would torture and kill stray animals. Later in life, he confessed to having had weird s*xual fantasies.
He would cut out photos of women he found s*xually attractive in magazines and would draw gags on them, wishing he would control them in reality.
However, he kept all his dark desires to himself and led a quite ordinary life. He dropped out of college to join the U.S Air Force.
After returning home, he worked as an electrician in his home town, Wichita. Dennis met his wife, Paula Dietz, in church, and they wed in 1971.
BTK’s First Murder
Dennis was laid off from work in 1973. In January 1974, he killed his first victims. His first victims were the Otero family.
He broke into their home and murdered the whole family. He killed the parents first, as their 11 old daughter, Josie and nine-year-old son, Joseph, watched.
After killing the parents, little Josie was dragged to the basement where Dennis hanged her from a sewer pipe and masturbated as she choked to death.
He went ahead to take pictures of the dead bodies and left with some of Josie’s underwear as a memento of his first murders.
Dennis Rader’s Unsuspecting Family
As her husband killed a family, Paula Dietz prepared to start her own. Dennis’s second massacre spree was killing a young college student and her brother.
He stalked the pair and strangled the young lady, and shot her brother, but the brother survived. Paula was three months pregnant when her husband started to advertise his crimes.
He described how he had killed his first victims and called a local paper to let them know where they would find his confession.