On this episode we talk about one of the most mysterious and audacious killers in history as we wade through the words and deeds of Denis Rader aka The BTK Killer. Gary Jones joins me on this episode to chat about what makes Denis Rader tick and how he couldn’t be caught for decades, despite his apparently forthcoming attitude to law enforcement and somewhat low intelligence.
There are rumours of Rader being the Zodiac Killer, due to the collections of numerous letters that he would often send to victims and law enforcement and, as is almost always the case, a strange history of peeping tomfoolery and molestations of small animals. He taunted the FBI and police when they couldn’t catch him and this stirred up the public and made BTK think he was invincible; which would eventually be his own undoing.
would love to see a true crime podcast on the ice man would make a good talking point and would love to see your views on him.
I may never forgive the writers of Mindhunter for bringing BTK back into the spotlight!
I grew up in the neighborhood where/when these murders were taking place and they had a profound impact on my childhood, and that of other friends and neighbors. He is my one illogical, deep seated fear, the home invasion/torturer/killer.
Every time he comes up on a show or podcast, I spend the next month rousing out of the just falling to sleep minute to recheck the locks on all the doors and startling at every noise the cats make.
That being said, of course I’m going to listen now, but I sure won’t be sleeping as well tonight!