Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

BTK Serial Killer: Book Deal Will Help Victims' Families

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

BTK Serial Killer: Book Deal Will Help Victims' Families

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WICHITA -- The BTK serial killer said in a letter from prison that he is cooperating with a book about the 10 people he killed in the Wichita area to help the victims' families monetarily.

"I can never replace their love ones, my deeds too 'dark' to understand, the book or movies, etc. is the only way to help them," wrote Dennis Rader, whose self-coined moniker was BTK, which stood for "bind, torture, kill."

In a four-page, handwritten letter labeled "From the Desk of: Dennis L. Rader," the former Park City code compliance officer explained he is barred from profiting from his crimes by a court settlement, The Wichita Eagle reported. He signed over his media rights to the families of his victims he killed from 1974 to 1991 after he was sent to the state prison in El Dorado in 2005.

Rader said the "the long work on a book is close to a deal." A percentage of any profits will go to the families, said James Thompson, a Wichita lawyer and one of the attorneys representing most of the BTK victims' families. …

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