Inside the Mind of BTKThe True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
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.
Preface to the Paperback Edition ix Acknowledgments xiii Introduction 1 Act One: My Lifelong Hunt for BTK 11 Act Two: The Capture and Arrest of BTK 111 Act Three: Meeting BTK: An Exclusive Interview 273 About the Authors 337 Index 339
John Douglas, 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 best seller Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, 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 The Silence of the Lambs, much of which was based on his work. He has consulted on thousands of cases worldwide providing case analysis, interview and interrogation techniques, investigative strategies, prosecutorial strategies, and expert testimony. Since his retirement in 1995 from the FBI, Douglas has been donating pro bono assistance whenever possible to police and victims of violent crime. Mr. Douglas lives near Washington, D.C. Johnny Dodd is a writer at People magazine who lives in the Los Angeles area.
From the New York Times Best-Selling Author John Douglas Comes a Story of True Crime That Reads Like Fiction Inside the Mind of BTK tells the incredible true story of how FBI profiler 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 victims, taunting the police with cryptic communications, and bragging about his vicious crimes to local newspapers and television 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 finally captured, BTK was revealed to be Dennis Rader, a 61-year-old church-going, married man with two children. "Inside the Mind of BTK is a chilling and fascinating place to be, and there is no better guide to take us there than great American mindhunter, John Douglas. This is a story of ordinary people and extraordinary evil—lock your doors, check your telephone lines, and read this book." —Linda Fairstein, best-selling author, Bad Blood, Death Dance, and Entombed, and former chief prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office Sex Crime Unit "Riveting! Douglas and Dodd have focused a laser sight on one of the most fascinating and disturbing serial killers of our time. Their in-depth analysis of BTK's early childhood, his seemingly 'normal' everyday life, and his shockingly well-hidden 'other' life deftly explores the nature of evil and how we can better protect ourselves from such cunning predators." —Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling suspense author of HIDE
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