August 19, 2005

BTK killer gets 10 life terms

The BTK serial killer, Dennis Rader, was sentenced to ten life terms in Wichita, KS yesterday after an emotional hearing that included words from family members of victims and a rambling statement by Rader.

Rader, sounding eerily like Hannibal Lechter in his pedantic, almost cordial manner, talked about his victims and how he was sorry for killing them. Rader even had to dab his eyes with tissue at one point.

He described himself as "a sexual predator" and "self-centered," and added, "I seem to crave the attention of the media."

"People will say that I'm not a Christian, but I believe I am."

He said, "I know the victims' families won't ever be able to forgive me. I hope, somewhere deep down, eventually, that will happen."

Rader proceeded to offer "corrections" to the district attorney over details in her presentation.

About his long-term plans, he said, "I expect to heal and have light and then, hopefully, someday, God will accept me."

About his deeds, he said, "I apologize to the victims' families. There is no way that I can ever repay them."

The former dog catcher complimented the police, and said he felt a camaraderie with them, "although I wore a black hat instead of a white hat."

The families of the victims held no illusions about the type of predator Rader is though. While some family members were too emotionally torn up to speak, others railed against Rader, wishing that he would rot in hell.

There has to be some form of justice that will effectively and adequately punish this animal. I don't know what it is, though. I trust and know that God does, and will meet out justice in His time and in His way.

Posted by mhking at August 19, 2005 07:15 AM | TrackBack

The Kansas City TV stations have been airing quite a bit about this animal and his trial. Serial killers are sick but this guy takes the cake. One of the prosecutors was on TV saying that Radar was getting sexually excited just sitting in the courtroom listening to the things he had done to his victims.

Notice how that in court he is wearing a suit and looks presentable. It goes to show you that the sickest of the serial killers looks like an average everyday guy. They all don’t look like the wild eyed Charles Manson type.

Posted by: Bob at August 19, 2005 09:18 AM
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