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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: BTK Killer Working on Ghostwritten Memoir

     The BTK [Bind, Torture and Kill] serial killer says he's read A Good Marriage, the Stephen King novella inspired by his crimes, and is working on a book himself. Dennis Rader, 69, who killed ten people between 1974 and 1991…revealed that he's cooperating with an author writing a book about him…Rader's 36-year-old daughter, Kerri Rawson…said Stephen King is "exploiting my fathers's 10 victims and their families." She said that knowing that he inspired King's story will only give her father a "big head" because he's a fan of King's work…

     Rader said he's been corresponding with author Katherine Ramsland, a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. She's written 54 books, mostly academic, and said her project isn't like the salacious books that came out shortly after the BTK killer was apprehended. "I'm trying to make this a serious effort that will have some benefit for people who study this kind of crime," she said…

     "People like me need to be understood," Rader said, "so the criminal professional field can better understand the criminal mind. That would be my way of helping society." [What a load of crap. Serial killers like Rader are beyond understanding by normal people. Once convicted they should be disposed of and forgotten.]

Margaret Hartman, "The BTK Serial Killer is Working on a Book," New York Magazine, October 6, 2014

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