4 November 2013
Serial Killer Project
Most serial killers that we know of today often showed signs of becoming a psychopath as a young child. They would start fires, burn things, torture animals, and have fantasies of sexual control. This perfectly matches Dennis Raders childhood. Dennis Rader used to torture animals, by binding them and then hanging them. He also dreamed about sexual fantasies and stole woman’s panties and wore them. Dennis Rader, also called “BTK” which stands for (Bind, Torture, and Kill) was one of the most infamous serial killers in the United States.
Early Life Dennis Rader was born March 9th, 1945 in Pittsburg, Kansas. He was the oldest of four brothers, and his parents were his father William E. Rader, and his mother Dorothea Rader. He attended Riverview Elementary school, where he was an average student with drawn tendencies about bondage, control, and torture. “As a child, Dennis Rader appeared outwardly normal and unremarkable. He joined the Boy Scouts as a youth and participated in church youth group activities.”(Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood 2005). Even though he appeared normal to most people, Dennis Rader was already acting out behaviors most serial killers today did when they were kids. “As a young child, Dennis was aroused by his mother's spankings. As a boy, he secretly obtained S&M magazines, stole panties, and peeped in windows. He began strangling dogs and cats, as a child. He would bind strays with baling wire and hang them in a barn. In grade school he sketched violent sexual fantasies of bondage.” (Kari & Associates 2006). “He dressed in women's underwear in the basement of his parent's home, tied a rope around his neck, as if he were hanging and took pictures of himself.”(Kari & Associates 2006). Dennis Rader obviously was different than most kids his age, even