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Kansas Police Nab Man Suspected as BTK Killer

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Kansas Police Nab Man Suspected as BTK Killer

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Kansas Police Nab Man Suspected as BTK Killer

Kansas Police Nab Man Suspected as BTK Killer

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Authorities in Wichita, Kan., say they have arrested a man suspected of committing a series of murders in the area between 1974 and 1991. Police believe 59-year-old Dennis Rader is the killer known as BTK.

BTK kept up a correspondence with police during much of the time of the killing spree, but then went silent for years. The murderer — who had named himself BTK for "bind, torture, kill" — resurfaced last year with a new series of messages to police. Officials say those messages led to the arrest.

Rader has been working as a dogcatcher in Park City, a small town near Wichita. He is not expected to be charged until next week. But Wichita's district attorney said Rader will not face the death penalty, because all 10 of the BTK murders occurred before 1994, when the death penalty was introduced in Kansas.

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