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Bind, Torture, Kill

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For thirty-one years, an unremarkable family man stalked, killed, and terrorized the people of Wichita, Kansas. He was a devoted husband. A helpful Boy Scout dad. A reliable, conscientious employee. A dependable church president. And behind it all, the notorious serial killer BTK—a self-anointed acronym for "bind, torture, kill."

Now that he's in prison serving ten consecut
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 1st 2007)
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Michelle Bravo
Dec 20, 2013 Michelle Bravo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roy Wenzl, and Bind, Torture, Kill tells the story of Dennis Rader, a hopeless horny sex addict who kills women for his women for his pleasure. The book is set in Wichita, Kansas in 1974, when the first family was victimized by the insane killer. Wanting to stalk and kill pretty women for his needs. Dennis follows any women who gets him fired up, showing hostility actions, proving he's a psychopathic, and revealing his sexual temptations. The book is essentially an over look on how life is, whic ...more
Derek Davis
Apr 28, 2012 Derek Davis rated it it was amazing
Though I've read too many serial-killer profiles to think myself fully sane, this is one of the few that has struck me as honest, non-depressing and engrossing at a level beyond titillation and shock.

Wenzl is one of a group of reporters for the Wichita Beacon who put together this intense examination of killer Denis Rader, self-proclaimed BTK killer, whose depredations spread over 30 years, starting in 1974. However, it is even more intensely an examination of the detective force who kept up the
Jan 17, 2016 Neri. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5. I saw a documentary about this dude and he was a sick bastard. I haven't found out anything new here what I knew already but it was an ok book to read.
Dec 26, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BTK. How do I review this? The book was good. Well written. Interesting. If you have trouble remembering a lot of names and keeping track of who each one is, this book may throw you off a bit. A lot of people involved with this version of the story. I personally did pretty good keeping track but you really need to pay attention. But I would say overall not to tough to follow. Now..... my opinion on Dennis Rader, A.K.A. "BTK". BTK was not a master criminal. He was an idiot that got lucky. And a a ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Mariano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not really fan of true crime books but if the depicted event or serial killer interest me I give it a try (I did this with The Monster of Florence and I loved the book, basically because it was Italy): this book is good, it gives you the whole BTK story and the life of the people that finally caught him.
It also provides some insight in the mind of this twisted man that for more than 30 years could pose as a family man, scout member and church goer and at the same time conducted a lot of de
Nov 03, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-killers
For Dennis Rader, playing with the minds of detectives was almost as gratifying as the crimes themselves.

I liked this book because it was about the chase. The men and women who worked this case spent years searching for the elusive BTK whose ability to remain anonymous weighed on many. The ways in which he stalked his victims and selected his targets was extremely interesting. The number of people who were unknowingly 'stalked' is unbelievable. I can't imagine the horror someone would feel if th
Sep 10, 2014 Beej rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't particularly familiar with Rader before I picked this book up, but his approach to his crimes fascinates me. He has a mix of organised and disorganised behaviour, no evidence or claims of childhood abuse or trauma, managed to hold several jobs and care for a family that had no clue, avoid capture for over thirty years, and he's utterly ruthless and shows absolutely no guilt. The way he taunted the police and manipulated the media is really impressive considering the 'normal' life he was ...more
Sally Seymore
I find Serial killers interesting, because unlike other killers who are usually known to the victims and kill because of jealousy, money or power, serial killers choose their victims at random. BTK kept police and the public guessing for almost 40 years. He was a good husband, father and well liked by many. The demons inside him is unexplainable and he is a psychopath of the highest degree.

This book was written by the reporters of The Wichita Eagle, who had been following this case for a number
Jan 09, 2015 Majeeda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like to read about murders, serial killings and also the police work behind catching them
It was not a masterpiece, that's for sure, but it was great in an informative sense. Lots of stories about the police, journalists and the investigation, as well as BTK/Rader.

Someone else mentioned there are a lot of names to keep track of in this book - true! But if you can't remember them all, as I couldn't, you'll be ok :)

I think this book will appeal if you enjoy reading about the truly frightening aspects of a serial killing, what they can do to others, as well as having interest in polic
Jul 19, 2014 Lissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BTK - short for Bind, Torture, Kill - somehow managed to elude capture for over thirty years. He left behind DNA at the scenes (although, at the time, that was pretty useless), and he communicated infrequently with the police through letters, poems, and clippings. And, for a long time, it seemed that BTK had gone dormant. Perhaps he had died, or gone to prison for another crime, or moved away. But after the local paper, the Wichita Eagle, ran a thirty-year memorial of the Otero murders, BTK's fi ...more
Katie Bowie
Jun 04, 2014 Katie Bowie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
This book was merely decent, in my honest opinion. While it covers everything from Dennis Rader's childhood to his development into the serial killer known as BTK, I felt at times that it was too sensationalised. A lot of it felt too "Oooh, mysterious BTK!" for my taste; while I'm sure that kind of approach is fine for other people, I like a bit more of a straight factual approach to a true crime case. Some storytelling is fine, but too much makes it less interesting to read.

I will admit that it
♥ Marlene♥
Sep 20, 2008 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All True Crime Fans
on Monday, September 01, 2008 I wrote about this book:

WOW! What a great book. I was sitting on the verge of my seat reading the part where they caught him. My hands were shaking!
So amazingly written. Loved it.
Beforehand I did not know anything about this killer.
Now I am so glad I decided to wait cause there were other books out there but with very bad reviews..
This book is one of the best TC serial killers books I've read for a while.

Mar 14, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hopefully I am not alone in admitting that I knew very little about BTK and his crimes before reading this. His story broke so shortly after 9/11 that is barely even registered with me. Only thing I remember about that time, I was watching either Dateline or 48 Hours and they interviewed the oldest son on Vian, who open the door and let Dennis Rader in, he retold the story and my heart broke for him...I understand the horror that was visited on the the families, I understand the strain on the po ...more
Marcos Ortega Sierra
The banality of evil

I have a vivid remembrance of the day BTK was caught: I was starting a new episode in my professional life and I was taking a drug test surrounded by police and correctional officers. Everyone was speechless at the amount of time it took to catch Dennis Rader, aka BTK. We all believed that, as is common thought, serial killers are very smart and above average. Rader was neither: as this book explains, he was more lucky than smart. It wasn't the police's fault that he wasn't c
Apr 05, 2016 teleri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5star, favourites
"He considered himself a nice guy. When Julie Otero had complained that her hands were going numb from her bindings, he had adjusted them. When Joe had said his chest hurt from lying on the floor with broken ribs, he had fetched Joe a coat to rest on. Now, in the darkened bedroom of the house on Hydraulic, he gave the sick woman a sip of water."

I have been seeing this book recommended by every person interested in true crime, which to be honest is the only reason I got it. I hate Dennis Rader mo
Oct 25, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 12, 2016 ~♡~ Unsolved Mystery ~♡~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True crime lovers

I had a review posted but Goodreads ate it.
Oct 24, 2015 Clint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
There was nothing spectacular about this book other than its sheer readability, I finished it in like two sittings. The "torture" of Bind, Torture, Kill isn't too gruesome, mostly getting a kick out of watching people suffocate, so it's not that bloody, but what a fucking asshole. Dennis Rader, a complete fucking wuss who liked to strangle cats, dogs, and later people that he'd already tied up. And he's been chilling out for the last ten years with free room and board on the Kansas taxpayers' ta ...more
Aug 02, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an accurate account of the hunt for the BTK Killer, told by 4 jounralists who were intimately acquainted with the case. The book follows the killer, the victims and their families, the detectives, the behind-the-scenes work, over a period of over 30 years before the killer was caught. It's not like crime shows on TV, where the action is fast. The story moves slowly, and even more so because the killer took years-long breaks between murders. A difficult case, and the dedication of the de ...more
Dec 22, 2012 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The BTK killer is probably one of the most calculated and organized murderer I've ever encountered in my entire fascination-with-serial-killers-hobby. Um, I swear I'm normal, my sanity intact and no, I'm not speaking through one of my 'alters'.

A harrowing detail of senseless murders to exercise power and control over another by tying the victims up and subjecting them into a mindless torture. It's disturbing how BTK managed to shut his humanity while he tied his victims in different positions a
BTK ~ “bind, torture, kill”, is probably the most famous serial killer in Wichita, Kansas. Actually he might be the only serial killer in Wichita, Kansas. Like most serial killers, when not killing he was ‘normal’, husband, father, boy scout leader, and church leader. Like most serial killers though, he had these urges to kill. The reason it took 31 years to catch him was he was able to resist his urges for years at a time.

This book is written by the reporters who covered the BTK story for “The
Excellent account of the killer who terrorized Wichita for years, told by reporters and cops who were close to the crime. His crimes are truly creepy and horrendous, but the book is more about how they caught him, and that's a great, suspenseful tale in itself.
Nobody suspected him for years. He worked for a small town near Wichita as a compliance officer, I think it was called - he could ticket people for having non-operative cars and letting their grass get too long. He used that to stalk women
Feb 24, 2014 Chip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"True Detective" show really got me thinking about cops who hunt killers & the toll it takes. Came out of this one horrified at the sadistic monster just behind a mask of sanity of a guy who was a scout leader, churchgoer, loving father, etc., but also impressed by the hard, smart work by cops like Ken Landwehr (who died earlier this year) and many others.
Lyn Richards
Aug 19, 2014 Lyn Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love true crime, and this one delivered the details I like - what their ordinary life was like, what they did to elude the police, the type of cops it took to catch him, and what they are like today. If you like true crime, I recommend this book.
Dec 08, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I enjoyed this read. I'm surprised this case lasted so many years. Koodos to all those who worked this case. Because of technology today, common sense should tell people that NOTHING is secret.
May 18, 2013 Kate added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Unlike most serial killer books, this one devotes a major portion to the police effort behind the eventual capture of BTK. So, unlike most books like this one, you aren't left with a vaguely disgusting feeling of empathy for the killer--at no point throughout this book did I think there was anything positive about Dennis Rader, a man of middling intelligence, lots of luck, and only a tiny shred of humanity that he was unable or unwilling to hold on to. That said, Wenzl introduces the personal hi ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Fishface rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is really outstanding, easily the best one I've read on BTK. Over 30 years in the making, this book does an excellent job of giving the reader a picture of what the many, many people who worked to find BTK went through. It gave what seems like an unflinchingly accurate picture of the trials and tribulations of the press corps in Wichita, including their jaw-dropping blunders that stood to gum up the whole investigation. They also did an amazing job of conveying the horror of the BTK cri ...more
May 18, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most true crime, the writing isn't always the best. But this is very easy to read. I finished in a few hours. It is also very informative.

It isn't often that a true crime book takes the point of view of the detectives of the case, especially not a case as sensational as the BTK. Wenzl chooses to follow the Ghostbusters and the Wichita PD's homicide department in this well researched telling of the 33 years it took to arrest and convict Dennis Rader. It not only made the storytelling exc
Dan Sharber
Jun 22, 2015 Dan Sharber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fantastic! if you are a fan of the genre this is a real must-read. very easy narrative style full of information thought not the least bit lurid or geared toward shocks and gross outs. highly recommended!
Patrick Mcfate
This book was written by four reporters for the Wichita Eagle, which, judging by the content of this book, is a third-rate newspaper. Instead of focusing on the plain facts of the BTK case, which in themselves are totally morbid and fascinating, these authors played up the drama the police and the person they were hunting, which makes this story read a little bit like a Dan Brown novel. I didn't appreciate that, since all it did was make the narration seem too cursory, too fanciful. Most chapter ...more
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Roy Wenzl is an award-winning reporter for the Wichita Eagle. He is the primary author of Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door (Harper Collins, 2007) and a co-producer of the documentary film The Miracle of Father Kapaun.
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