Murders[ edit ] On January 15,four members of the Otero family were murdered in Wichita, Kansas. Their bodies were discovered by Charlie Otero, who was in grade 10 at the time and had returned home from school. He demanded media attention in this second letter, and it was finally announced that Wichita did indeed have a serial killer at large.
His father, who was a U. Marine at the time of his birth, moved his family to Wichita, Kansas when Dennis was very young. From nearly every account, Dennis Rader seemed to have a normal childhood. He joined the Boy Scouts of America, participated in the church youth group, and maintained a C average throughout his scholastic career.
But Dennis Rader would later admit that from a very young age, he developed fantasies about the bondage and torture of women. He also admitted to killing and hanging small animals as a child, but he kept this life hidden from everyone that knew him. All of those close to Rader described him as "normal," "polite," and "well mannered.
After a year lapse in enrollment, he attended one year of Wesleyan College in Salina, Kansas. Inat 21 years of age, he dropped out of college and enlisted in the U.
After four years of service he was discharged and returned to Wichita, Kansas where he served two more years as a reservist.
There, he spent the next several years bouncing from job to job, and tried to go back to college but never achieved more than a C average. Rader said that inhe was between jobs.
So while his wife was at work, he would "troll" for women to look at and fantasized about torturing and killing them. A person afflicted with a personality disorder characterized by a tendency to commit antisocial and sometimes violent acts and a failure to feel guilt for such acts.
Fantasy Becomes a Reality While Rader was in the Air Force, he "maintained" just as he had throughout school and only attained the rank of Sergeant before retiring from the armed services. InRader was jobless and restless. He stated that he began "trolling," which meant that he would walk around certain neighborhoods or school campuses and simply observe.
He observed women in particular and fantasized about bondage and death. Rader began watching a Hispanic family that had moved into his neighborhood. He watched their patterns — when they left home, when they returned, their work schedules, and their activities. When he began making plans to break into their home and gathered the tools to do so, Rader moved from fantasy into the realm of reality.
Click thumbnail to view full-size The Killings Begin: He broke in through the back door and found that things were not as he had planned. The entire family of four sat inside along with a rather vicious family dog. At gunpoint, Rader ordered the father, Joe Otero, 38 years of age, to take the dog into the backyard.
He told them that he was a wanted criminal on the run and needed food, money, and a vehicle. Rader directed everyone to lie down in the living room, and then herded them into a bedroom. The Otero family allowed Rader to bind them as they believed all he wanted was money.
But they were mistaken. He then moved to the mother, Julie Otero, age He tried to strangle her with his bare hands, but it took several attempts before he was successful in murdering her. He was found face down on his bedroom floor with a bag over his head.
Rader had apparently brought a chair into the bedroom to sit and watch the child die. She was left partially naked, and police discovered semen on the pipe behind the young girl.
After the brutal murdering, Rader proceeded to clean up and take a few souvenirs with him. A woman later testified that she saw Rader get out of the vehicle "shaking like a leaf.
He claimed to have driven his car back to their residence and retrieved the knife from their yard. Rader was unaware that there were three other Otero children who had left for school prior to his arrival.
Charlie 15Daniel 14and Carmen 13 found their family dead when they returned home from school. He hid in her bedroom until she arrived home at 2: She was accompanied by her year-old brother Kevin.
They were both taken by surprise when a man came out of the room with a gun. Using the same methods as before, he bound Kathryn in her bedroom.
Her brother Keven was taken to another bedroom and was bound with items found in the room.5 Myths about Serial Killers and Why They Persist [Excerpt] A criminologist contrasts the stories surrounding serial homicide with real data to help explain society’s macabre fascination with.
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Sep 06, · Kansas serial killer Dennis Rader seemed like the average family man to his friends and those who attended church alongside him, but beneath his seemingly ordinary facade was a man who called.
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