BTK Killer Blames 'Demon,'

Says He Is Remorseful

WICHITA, Kan. -- Confessed BTK serial killer Dennis Rader made his first public apology for the murders that horrified a community for a quarter of a century, blaming a "demon" that got inside him at a young age.

"I have a lot of remorse. I'm very sorry for them. It is something I wouldn't want to happen to my family," he told KAKE-TV. The interview was conducted Saturday; some of it was aired Wednesday night, and additional portions were to air Thursday.

Rader, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last week in connection with 10 killings in the Wichita area from 1974 to 1991, nicknamed himself BTK, for "bind, torture, kill," as he taunted the news media and police with cryptic messages about the crimes. He is to be sentenced Aug. 17.

"I just know it's a dark side of me. It kind of controls me. I personally think it's a -- and I know it is not very Christian -- but I actually think it's a demon that's within me. . . . At some point and time it entered me when I was very young," said Rader, who was once president of his Lutheran church.

Rader, 60, said his problems began in grade school, with sexual fantasies that were "just a little bit weirder" than other people's.

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-- From News Services