My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The odds of being killed by a serial killer are impossibly small. You are more likely to be killed in an airplane crash than be killed by a serial killer. However, that doesn’t stop it from being a subject of fascination with American society.
Dennis Rader is a serial killer. Granted, he didn’t wrack up the numbers of other serial killers, but that doesn’t change what he did. It’s also of little consequence to the families of his victims whether that number is one or a thousand. Like other serial killers, there is a sick element to the story that can be hard to conceptualize for most of us. There are other parts of the story which will make you want to turn away, but it is all handled masterfully in this work. Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door does an excellent job of chronicling the story behind a dark episode in Wichita history.
Well written, and well researched, this book holds a rare glimpse into the life of Dennis Rader. It really does mesh both the perspective of Dennis Rader and what the victims likely saw that day. It was easy for me to visualize what was happening while reading the book and I think it does a nice job trying to help understand the events.
I’m an author myself and I write horror so I do appreciate the element of psychoanalysis included in this work. It is almost impossible to really understand someone like this, but I like the inclusion of some theory provided within the framework of the book. It offers some theories which could be applied, in part or in whole, to other serial killers out there.
I also really enjoyed the fact that when I came to the conclusion I was able to go to YouTube and look up the confessions and statement Dennis Rader made at sentencing. It was really helpful to read the book and then go back to the videos to see them.
There is no way to understand a man like Dennis Rader. Those who believe in religion of any sort might explain it as a demon. He is pure egocentric psycho in a way few people have ever been. One of those people who simply cannot be let out of prison, he has nonetheless left an indelible mark on the world.
I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in knowing more about BTK and how he was finally captured.
-Your Humble Servant