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Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 2008


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061373958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061373954
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter, L. Kelly, and Hurst Laviana are award-winning journalists for The Wichita Eagle, and are all intimately acquainted with the BTK case through the Eagle.


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I highly recommend this book to true crime buffs!
Nicole Dellomo
If you have read any other book on the BTK Killer, throw them away, this is the only one that you will every need to refer back to.
Denny Myers
This story, from this point of view, needed to be told, and it was told very well by these reporters.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Denny Myers on July 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Many of the writers and participants in the BTK saga participated in this, the truly definitive story of Dennis Rader and how he terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas for 30 years.

Unprecedented in the annals of true detective stories, the BTK serial killings continue to baffle the best and brightest of the Wichita PD, KBI and FBI. After a silence of many years, BTK resurfaced. The Wichita PD sank every resource at their disposal into a renewed effort to find this diabolically twisted serial murderer. Millions of federal, state and local dollars were committed to the project. And, one day, BTK made his first mistake and was caught on camera. His second mistake followed as he "communicated" with the Wichita PD with a floppy disk.

Other than the Wichita PD and numerous detectives, there was no one more involved with the case than reporters of the Wichita Eagle newspaper and certain other media reporters in the area.

It is from this "intimate" knowledge of the case that this book springs.

If you have read any other book on the BTK Killer, throw them away, this is the only one that you will every need to refer back to.

The book was extremely well done. And I would highly recommend it.

This is the greatest detective story of our lifetimes ....... It is well worth the money. You will not be disappointed.

Densel Myers
Raised in Wichita, Kansas
Yukon, Oklahoma
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kevnm VINE VOICE on September 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This strong account of the BTK case benefits from access to the investigators, and manages to shape a lot of interesting history into a swift, compelling narrative. The story is presented chronologically, and deftly conveys the fear loose in Wichita along with the mounting frustration of the police. Slowly, BTK fades away, only to surface years later via a series of communications with police and media. Finally, a trap is sprung. This will be a satisfying read for most true crime devotees, as the persistance of law enforcement and the ego of the the perpetrator bring the case to a satisfying conclusion. The authors are particularly effective in their depiction of Rader as, not some kind of criminal genius, but as a rather shallow nobody. They are also sensitive to the toll these crimes took on innocent people. Good read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Buffalogal on January 2, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This particular account of the BTK story is specifically written from the point of view of the police who worked on the case. There are other accounts presented from other points of view, such as Bob Beattie's book, which has good information but was rushed into print and reads like a first draft. These reporters interacted with law enforcement during the unfolding of the story, and this was an appropriate way for them to present an account of it.

This book was difficult for me to read, but I couldn't put it down. I knew one of the victims. I was a reporter who covered another of the murders. (I am not connected with any of the authors other than having met some of them.) And I was acquainted with several police officers who worked on the case at various times. This is a detailed account of how the solution to the case came together, with extremely accurate information -- so accurate, actually, that I went through the grieving process for my friend and for some of the now deceased police officers, all over again. I knew the pain of losing them, and also the terror and insanity of coming home from work and opening every closet door in my house with a knife in my hand, praying I wouldn't have to use it, and knowing that if I did, I'd be no match for an experienced murderer. I now know that my morbid fascination with reading every article and book I could find, and watching everything on TV, was just a part of the grieving process. I just had to know certain things before my heart could lay these losses to rest, allowing me to move on with my life.

I feel like this book could be, in part, my own biography and the biography of so many others who lived in Wichita during this era.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cy B. Hilterman VINE VOICE on November 1, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The BTK killings began, as far as is known, in 1974 in Wichita, Kansas when four of the Otero family were found dead in their own home by their children coming home from school. Dennis Rader was a family man that, in all appearances, loved his family. Dennis Rader was NOT a nice man. He was the BTK killer who had started his life of fantasy sex and thrills with the Otero killings. He was careful not to leave any evidence around but took souvenirs from his crime sites. At that time little was known about DNA but its beginning was near so the police kept anything they thought would help in the future to help find this killer. The Otero killings by BTK were very violent as the bodies were posed after Rader had strangled them or had started to strangle so he could play with them while they died by taking photos, have his sexual fantasy's, and, if not dead, would make sure they were before he left. He spread his joy further by masturbating on the clothes or even on the dead people themselves.

The killing continued over long periods of time. Many police departments, state, local, and federal, were eventually brought in to the case. The four reporters that wrote this book did an excellent job of recreating the crimes while writing for the Wichita Eagle newspaper, while all along cooperating with the various authorities so the killer did not know the details of the case that was known. Richard LaMunyon was Chief of the Wichita Police Department when these crimes started. He had a lot of organizing to do while keeping panic down as much as possible. But, the people of Wichita could not help but become scared and worried with every move they made whether inside or out of their homes not knowing when this killer would strike again.
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