For 31 years, a seemingly uncatchable serial killer terrorized residents of Wichita, Kansas. Starting in 1974, he murdered 10 people, taunted police with hints about his next victims, and sent clues of his identity to the media.
His “projects” (as he called victims) were selected at random and included a 9-year-old boy, a 62-year-old grandmother, and a 21-year-old woman. He stalked them, before breaking into their homes and killing them by strangulation, stabbing, or hanging. No one in Wichita knew who’d be next.
With no clear M.O. and nothing linking the victims, the case remained cold for decades. But in 2005, investigators traced a floppy disk from the killer back to Dennis Rader, an unassuming father of two, Boy Scout troop leader, and the local Lutheran church president.