Known Serial Killer Emerges as Suspect in More Deaths

Known Serial Killer Emerges as Suspect in More Deaths

( – Dennis Rader, known as the BTK serial killer, terrorized Wichita, Kansas, from the 1970s to the early 2000s. His nickname stood for “bind, torture, kill,” reflecting his horrifying modus operandi (MO). Rader eluded authorities for decades before police finally caught up with him in 2005, revealing his double life as a family man and a ruthless murderer. He is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences in prison. Now, there might be more murders added to his list.

On August 23, the Associated Press reported that Rader is currently the “prime suspect” in two unsolved killings. One of the murders happened in Missouri, and the other in Oklahoma. Authorities are reportedly digging near the serial killer’s previous home in Park City, Kansas. Osage County Undersheriff Gary Upton revealed that the cases involved 16-year-old Cynthia Kinney, who disappeared in 1976, and 22-year-old Shawna Beth Garber, who police found in 1990.

Dennis Rader’s meticulously planned and executed crimes, along with his taunting letters to the media and police, contributed to his notoriety as one of the most chilling and elusive serial killers in modern history. One of the phrases that stood out to Sheriff Eddie Virden was “bad laundry day,” which Rader included in some of his writings. Kinney was reportedly last seen outside of a laundromat, so Virden decided to investigate the presumed connection.

The serial killer admitted to killing 10 people, leading to his current sentence, but reportedly “denied any involvement in Garber’s death,” according to McDonald County Sheriff Rob Evenson. Evenson stated that investigators haven’t found any “direct evidence” linking him to the crime so far, Rader is still reportedly a suspect. Her autopsy revealed details consistent with the killer’s MO, and the location of her body was in his old “stomping grounds.” There’s no word about whether the murderer denied involvement in Kinney’s case.

Rader’s daughter is cooperating with detectives who are searching for clues. She told the Wichita Eagle, “If my dad has harmed somebody else, we need answers.”

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