Police Think That Rader
Admitted All His Killings
WICHITA -- As Dennis Rader began serving 10 consecutive life sentences for 10 killings, police said they do not believe he committed other BTK ("bind, torture, kill") slayings to which he did not confess.
Authorities said they have evidence that Rader was involved in burglaries unrelated to the murders and acknowledged that they did not link Rader to two Park City, Kan., killings until he confessed to them after his capture. Rader had planned to kill again and had set a date: Oct. 22, 2004, Police Chief Norman Williams said Friday. Williams declined to identify the intended victim.
FBI special agent Kevin Stafford said investigators believe someone of Rader's personality type would have told police about additional murders. Kansas Bureau of Investigation director Larry Welch said that during Rader's interrogations, authorities "couldn't shut him up."
"If there are any additional, he would have told us," Williams said.
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-- From News Services