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Publisher's Summary

For 31 years, a monster terrorized the residents of Wichita, Kansas. A bloodthirsty serial killer, self-named "BTK" - for "bind them, torture them, kill them" - he slaughtered men, women, and children alike, eluding the police for decades while bragging of his grisly exploits to the media.

The nation was shocked when the fiend who was finally apprehended turned out to be Dennis Rader - a friendly neighbor...a devoted husband...a helpful Boy Scout dad...the respected president of his church.

Written by four award-winning crime reporters who covered the story for more than 20 years, Bind, Torture, Kill is the most intimate and complete account of the BTK nightmare told by the people who were there from the beginning. With newly released documents, evidence, and information - and with the full cooperation, for the very first time, of the Wichita Police Department's BTK Task Force - the authors have put all the pieces of the grisly puzzle into place, thanks to their unparalleled access to the families of the killer and his victims.

Contains mature themes.

©2007 Wichita Eagle and Beacon Publishing Company, care of Mary Tahan (P)2018 Tantor

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Stomach churning

Co-written by a group of local Wichita journalists, this book dutifully documents Dennis Rader’s crimes, along with the 30 year manhunt that led to his eventual capture by dogged WPD detectives. I read a lot of true crime. I’ve read about killers that made me cringe before, but I have to say that this . . .thing in a human body made me sicker and more disgusted than anyone else I’ve read about. I fast forwarded through certain horrible segments, just needing get to the capture. Kudos to he brave men who tracked him down. I’m off true crime for now. Well done, but be warned.

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Just That Nerdy Guy Next Door . . .


Scary thought indeed - If it wasn't for his driving need for recognition, he might have very well gotten away with this. Wow. Only through HIS repeated contacts with the newspapers was he finally tracked down - otherwise, he could have just faded into oblivion. Who would have ever suspected him, the dull ordinary church going guy next door? Busy with his job, wife, family, social activities, AND oh, lets squeeze some murders in between all that so I can be home in time for dinner...

I was captivated listening to this. I never knew that much information relating to his crimes, and certainly not all the vivid details of how things evolved and progressed. The stalking, the murders. Neighbors even! Him taunting the police with his cryptic messages left everywhere, leaving them stumped. For years. What a story! Very thoroughly done. Surely this will be a definitive BTK reference resource for true crime enthusiasts. The narrator was fantastic too - three thumbs up :)

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factual, but not a great listen

not a bad audible book but I've heard better True Crime. A lot of back and forth he said he said he said. the flow was just kind of stilting.

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  • sanaz
  • bellevue wa
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Horrifying

This was so horrifying I tried to return the book. Since it didn't quality for return and I needed material to keep me going on the treadmill, I ended up listening to it. The narrator does an excellent job. I'm not a cop but my thought was, whoever tied those knots in the first homicide would be either a sailor or a boy scout. Was very surprised at the firm of events. Maybe I should consider a career change!!!

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good 'n creepy

I enjoyed the book, though I had to take frequent breaks between chapters. as an avid reader of true crime I summarily dismissed BTK over the years, I didn't find him or his crimes interesting. this book changed that. though Rader himself is dull, the cold and calculating way he went about his crimes and how it was told in a way many books such as "killer clown" about John Wayne Gacy, and "the stranger beside me" about Ted Bundy never did. I also enjoyed the focus on the police and civilians who helped work the case for over 30 years, it's another view point rarely taken in books of this nature.

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Well done!

An interesting read from beginning to end. Well written and we'll performed. Many details I didn't know.

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Good addition to my true crime library!

I was just young enough to vaguely remember this case. This was very interesting to get all the behind the scenes info & it was chilling to listen to the details of the crimes. He seemed to be so "matter of fact" about everything -- just that nerdy Dad dude next door. Hard to imagine how minds like this work to be able to kill and then lead what appears to be such a normal life. Good add'n to my library of true crimes.

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Fascinating Account

I’ll add on to the other glowing reviews of this audiobook—it’s extremely well written and grips your attention. My only issue is the narrator’s mishandling of local jargon. I’m a native Wichitan and nobody ever spells out K-A-K-E when talking about the news station—it’s pronounced “cake.” Also, it’s the Ar-Kansas River, not Arkansas (like the state). The KAKE TV references were the worst misread and took me out of the narrative every time they came up.

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Excellent

This is one of the better serial killer books I've read. Was even better than I expected.

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good story

the story was good, however the narrator is very dull. I would suggest that Chad Shank at Shank Audio redo this book.

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