Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door

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

  • Title: Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door
  • Author: Roy Wenzl L. Kelly Tim Potter Hurst Laviana
  • ISBN: 9780061246500
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 toFor 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 be Dennis Rader a friendly neighbor a devoted husband a helpful Boy Scout dad the respected president of his church.Written by four award winning crime reporters who covered the story for than twenty years, Bind, Torture, Kill is the most intimate and complete account of the BTK nightmare told by the people who were there from the beginning With newly released documents, evidence, and information and with the full cooperation, for the very first time, of the Wichita Police Department s BTK Task Force the authors have put all the pieces of the grisly puzzle into place, thanks to their unparalleled access to the families of the killer and his victims.

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    1. finished true crime novels are hard to rate in some ways i pretty much feel like shit and depressed at what I'm reading the entire time it's not a feeling of enjoyment and i guess that's not the book's or the author's fault. the content is dictated by historical events. so if the true crime book is written well and structured well, you can't ask for much more. this one was a page turner. time to move on with my life. no more true crime for me.

    2. I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked this up, it’s certainly not my usual flavour. I’m also in two minds as to whether it is good-form (old man) to rate a book which should be shelved as DNF.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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. BTK is hands-down the most arrogant serial killer I've ever read about. The man was caught because he wouldn't stop toying with the police, even after 20+ years of silence. Story aside though, this book was hard to read because of its format. I could tell it had multiple authors since it sort of bounced around sporadically, involving pieces that I would deem unnecessary. I really don't want to know about other cases going on at the same time. Otherwise, a quick read that provides insight into wh [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. Well researched and well written. I liked how they wrote from Denis Raders perspective when he was carrying out his crimes. Also, the version i read had lots of pictures of evidence, victims, locations etc, which is always a plus for me in a true crime book. Not quite 5 stars as there is some padding out in a few chapters that isn't necessary.

    8. 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.

    9. 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 absolu [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 reviewsThis book is one of the best TC serial killers books I've read for a while.

    15. "Serial killing was like fishing he would later confide; sometimes you're unlucky.  or get tangled up with chores, work or school."Well, this isn't the best book that I could have picked for my nighttime read. I first heard about the BTK killer in an SYSK podcast (which is where I heard about lots of the books I have read over the years). Dennis Rader was a weird guy.  On the outside, you would think he was just a normal family man.  Involved with his son's boy scouts, part of his local chur [...]

    16. BTK is one of those True Crime books about serial killers that spends more time on those involved in apprehending the killer (law enforcement and media, mainly) than on the motivations and personal life of the serial killer, and for those looking to dwell in the dark and murky details of the deviant murderer’s inner mind (not that that’s a bad thing, mind you), this can be somewhat of a disappointment. Those expecting to spend excessive time on BTK’s origins and double-life as a sex crime [...]

    17. Just the facts. BTK purports to tell the only true story of the BTK killings and the police who caught him 30 years after his first bodies. The book was written by a group of reporters from the Wichita Eagle, which was the hometown paper covering the killings every step of the way. And the book definitely reads like one very long news report. There are no flourishes or dramatic touches in the prose, it's very plain and straight to the point. If you like that kind of writing, you'll dig how strai [...]

    18. A comprehensive accountBTK was not a killer I had ever even heard of until I watched the documentary "I Survived BTK" (well worth checking out if you are interested in true crime), and I couldn't believe I was unaware of his heinous murders. The documentary gives a really good overview of the circumstances of his extended career of killing, but this book certainly puts a lot more meat on those bones, and it's fascinating to know more about the investigation, and the relationship between the loca [...]

    19. Fairly ordinary and unremarkable, much like Rader himself, a local government functionary who thought of himself a contender, but was mostly a bum, and a fairly stupid one at that. That it took the cops - this book focuses primarily on the investigators - 30 years to catch the prick was mostly due to the absence of DNA science and surveillance technology at the time. The writing isn't bad, but there's no art in it, and there's little insight into Rader's psychology or motivations, he comes off j [...]

    20. I gave this book 5*****I really enjoyed this book. I like real crime booksand I "like" books about serial killers. Not that I like what they have done, but I guess I like the chase and the forensics.The authors of this book were newspaper journalistsin a medium sized town in southeastern Kansas.The killer was a successful and lucky serial deviantwho killed people indiscriminately; men, woman, and children.The book moved along pretty well. Not a lot offorensics, more like a police procedural. It [...]

    21. A good read that held my attention I didn't know anything about BTK, although atrocious crimes were committed by this man this story helped identify that he was part of American History. Fascinating that this killer was part of an Era without DNA testing and then with good timing and many years DNA could nail him so flawlessly.

    22. Wow This book was not what I expected. It was more the story of the cops and law enforcement that hunted and caught BTK. It is a great eye into what it takes to solve such high profile and long living case. Dennis Rader is a heartless man that took the lives of 10 people but this book is about the people that had the heart to catch a monster.

    23. Who is BTK??I grew up with serial killers named Ted and Gacy. I never even heard of BTK until just a few years ago. This book shows the murders, the man behind them, and how it affected all involved, from victim's loved ones to the investigators and reporters themselves. Very well done.

    24. More about the detectives and Reporters who dealt with this story/investigation for 30+ years.Honestly, not a complain. Dennis Rader matters so little as a human being I would much rather read about the people he affected. I have read many books regarding this type of subject. Dennis Rader is truly pathetic and as one person in the book put it "a dork."

    25. A little slow in getting to the heart of the information.Good coverage of the investigation and the behind the scenes of the investigators. Not all about the gory details of the crimes.

    26. Detailed yet slightly cheesyVery detailed account of the pursuit of finding BTK. A little cheesy at times, but an overall intriguing read. Recommended to anyone who likes true crime. A quick read too.

    27. Fascinating Very well written book about the BTK serial killer and the man hunt that captured himank you detectives for all your hard work.

    28. This is book is brilliantly written very informative, even if you think you know the story it tells you so much more. One of the best books I have read in a while.

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