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Inside the Mind of BTK: The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer

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Jason Klav

12 Hours 40 Minutes

Tantor Media

July 2020

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This dramatic and compelling true-crime psychological thriller provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes narrative of one of the most bizarre and terrible serial killers stories in US history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, strangling and sexually assaulting a series of women (and one child), taunting the police and the community with frequent letters, communications, crime scene photographs, property stolen from his victims, bragging about his crimes in correspondence to local newspapers, tv, and radio stations, describing himself as a 'psychotic and sexual pervert' who claimed that 'I can't stop it.' After he seemed to disappear for nine years, he suddenly reappeared, complaining that no one was paying enough attention to him, that he had committed crimes for which he had not been given credit. When ultimately captured, using many techniques suggested by Douglas himself, BTK was shockingly revealed to be a 61 year old married man, cub scout leader, President of his church, with two children, who worked as a Code Compliance officer for the Wichita city government, harassing citizens about their lawns and garbage preparation, 'a glorified dog catcher...a bureaucratic bully'. John Douglas was first called into the case as an expert profiler in 1980 and has been deeply involved in the case and all its principal players ever since. After Rader was arrested he was able to obtain the only exclusive interview since sentencing, as well as exclusive interviews with family, friends, and the police. As a result, he's able to reveal news-breaking new information about why Rader did what he did, and why he stopped for a long period before surfacing again. Douglas tells the whole incredible story and also draws from it a program for new and improved police methodology to prevent such serial killers from remaining at large, including early intervention in childhood development, and more community involvement in apprehension.

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  • Michael C.

    The narrator kept mispronouncing Quantico. He would pronounce it Kwan Tee Coe lol

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  • Anonymous

    The number of mispronouncations was embarrassing.

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  • KSTGER75

    Interesting subject, but very long and repetitive. If it had been condensed, it would be great.

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  • Anonymous

    Great summary of this terrible person.

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  • Deb E.

    A great book.

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  • Anonymous

    The author insists on projecting his thoughts into the heads of the victims when there’s no way to know what they were thinking. It’s presumptuous and disrespectful to the dead — they lost their life, they do not deserve to have their thoughts usurped. The author also cannot apparently bring himself to admit how utterly wrong he and his fellow profilers were in this case. He tries to handwave it once by saying his profiles were only as good as the information given, but that’s blaming other people for his own failed cold reading. He cannot take responsibility for his mistakes. Never does he admit that all profiling is somewhere between fortune telling and a guess, and that the only reason profilers look like they know what they’re doing is we never hear about their failures. We should be, especially in this case, because the profile was utterly useless, and probably actively harmful by misdirecting resources. The narrator consistently mispronounces words that should be simple, usually words that have silent syllables. His delivery is inconsistent. I’m glad I didn’t pay for this.

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  • Anonymous

    Great book

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  • Heather Dawson

    Very interesting book!

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  • Darius Feliciano

    totally breathtaking I loved every damn minute of this book! a great read!

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