True crime net Investigation Discovery is prepping a one-off special that delves into the psyche of the infamous “BTK” serial killer Dennis Rader.
The one-off documentary, produced by Toronto’s Cream Productions, looks at the life Rader worked so hard to conceal and the sinister path that eventually led to his conviction. The documentary will explore Rader’s double life through interviews with law enforcement, victim’s family members, reporters, and his daughter, Kerri Rawson.
Rader murdered 10 people in the Wichita, Kansas, area between 1974 to 1991, often leaving clues to taunt authorities. He began his murderous spree in 1974, slaughtering four members of the Otero family. Months later he turned his eye to Kathryn Bright, a young college student who lived close to his original crime.
Shortly after this murder, he started to leave correspondence for police, lapping up the fear he created. These killings threw the city into panic, and the hunt for a murderer began.
Around this time, Rader received the nickname “BTK”, which stemmed from the first note he left detailing his desire to “bind, torture and kill.”
Rader kept Wichita, Kansas residents on edge for nearly 31 years as he stalked, studied, and hunted 10 unsuspecting victims. Ultimately, Rader’s insatiable need to be recognized for his crimes led to his arrest in 2005.
For Investigation Discovery, Thomas Cutler is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager and Henry S. Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
BTK: A Killer Among Us premieres Feb. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Investigation Discovery.
(Image from El Dorado Police Department photographic records.)