72 years ago in Pittsburg

Dennis Rader’s journey to becoming one of the longest serial killing in American history. This week on March 9th, it will be 72 years since he was born. His story has been adapted into both a novella and a movie. It was Stephen King, the legendary horror author who reimagined what Rader’s marriage could have been like:

 

There is a man, a loving father, a devoted leader of the local boy scout team, whose wife, after 30-year of marriage figures out that his husband has been killing children, women and men. This could be a dark and twisted Stephen King novella. Which it is. And also Dennis Rader’s life before he got imprisoned for 10 consecutive life sentences. He was born 72 years ago in Pittsburg and became one of the most demented serial killers in the USA.

From his marriage, Rader has two children and his daughter feels that Stephen King exploited her family and also the lives of the victims. But as Pitch.com reports, King was only inspired by the story:

“This story came to my mind after reading an article about Dennis Rader, the infamous BTK (bind, torture, and kill) murderer who took the lives of ten people—mostly women, but two of his victims were children—over a period of roughly sixteen years. In many cases, he mailed pieces of his victims’ identification to the police. Paula Rader was married to this monster for thirty-four years, and many in the Wichita area, where Rader claimed his victims, refuse to believe that she could live with him and not know what he was doing. I did believe—I do believe—and I wrote this story to explore what might happen in such a case if the wife suddenly found out about her husband’s awful hobby. I also wrote it to explore the idea that it’s impossible to fully know anyone, even those we love the most.”- said King.

On the other hand, Dennis Rader’s daughter Kerri Rawson replied:

” My family is done, we are tired. We are not news, we are not a story to be exploited & profited on, to be twisted & retold to your liking whenever you want. Leave us, the families & the community out of it.
My dad is not a monster, that’s elevating him. He’s just a man, who choose to do some of the most horrible things a person can do. Not a monster, a man. A man who took 10 precious lives & tried to destroy countless others. He’s not worth the attention.

My mom is the strongest & bravest woman I know. She doesn’t need her life re-spun in a story or on the big screen. Her life is a true testament of all that is good & right in this world.

 

Proud father Dennis Rader and daughter Kerri, May 1996, on the day of her graduation from Heights High School. Dennis and her mother, Paula, both worked hard to nurture their children and help them study, Kerri says.

My family has tried hard to fight the good fight, to stand on our faith & live out a peaceful life. So let us live that life & please, leave us out of it. Out of the noise & chaos & the ugly & the awful.

Kerri (Rader) Rawson”

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