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Everything to Know About Dennis Rader, AKA the BTK Killer

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America has been obsessed with serial killers since the label was adopted by the FBI in the late '70s and early '80s. With recently renewed interest in Ted Bundy, fascination with psychopathic murder seems to be at an all-time high. So the recent 20/20 special about Kerri Rawson, daughter of BTK Strangler, Dennis Rader, was definitely well-timed by ABC.

It's been a minute since Kansas' most notorious killer was brought to justice, so here's everything you need to know about the BTK's crimes.

What does "BTK" stand for?

Dennis Rader has the distinction of being one of the few serial killers who gave himself his nickname. "BTK" is an abbreviation he used to describe his method and modus operandi.  "Bind them, toture [sic] them, kill them, B.T.K..." he wrote in a letter sent to a Wichita television station in 1978. 

It was the second letter he had sent to take credit for his murders; the first, sent to the Wichita Public Library, described in lurid detail how he killed his first victims, the Otero family.