Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door
For thirty-one 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...more
And that quote is reason number 1 why this book is so great - of course the serial killers themselves are so fascinating to read and learn about, but I also appreciate it when the ones who brought them down are celebrated as the heroes they are - and this book truly delivers in that regard!
Ken Landwehr in particular, who has since unfortun ...more
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 ...more
Fuck it, I’ll give it a 2. Even now making that decision I’m uncomfortable as, never reading anything like it before, I have little to compare it to.
So, to discuss the 60% I actually read. It’s dry, bitty and at times, difficult to follow. The amount of attention given to the period in which BTK i ...more
This book is the inside story of BTK the serial killer Dennis Rader who terrorized the residence of Wichita, Kansas for 31 years.
I don't really like the way this book is put together. it has good information in it but for me personally this book comes off as a cops and robbers book in the form of a true crime novel. but instead of being like a real true crime novel where there is plot and story interweaved into the facts, this one is put together with just plain fact telling ...more
There are two main things that stand out to me in this book. First, that Dennis Rader really was an idiot. You co ...more
(Although the killing of the Otero family and the way he killed them is something I don't need a reminder for.So cruel
Finished the book this morning. I understand Landwehr (Kenny? passed away in 2014. I would have r ...more
Written by the reporters who covered the case for more than 20 years this is the complete account from those who were there up to the eventual capture of Dennis Rader the seemingly average guy next door.
It's a no holds barred account of ...more
Another great true crime read! This book was insanely well written and I really love that they went in detail about the tireless efforts of the law enforcement agencies that ultimately brought BTK in.
Started reading the book and finished as an audiobook because somehow the gory stuff was easier to listen to than read?!🤷🏻♀️
Bind, Torture, Kill absolutely nailed this balance and is now firmly cemented in my top 5 true crime reads.
I wasn’t overly familiar with Rader before this read. I knew of BTK but I didn’t kn ...more
This book is written by the reporters who covered the BTK story for “The ...more
Told predominantly from the perspective of the police force, this gives an unparalleled and first hand version of events - which is a pleasant change.
The long and exhausting search for Dennis Rader certainly took its toll on the long suffering task force involved, and it was a relief when we got towards the end of the book and could feel them closing in on him, although ultimately he gave himself ...more
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.