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Explore the mind and motivations of a serial killer.

In 1974, Dennis Lynn Rader stalked and murdered a family of four in Wichita, Kansas. Since adolescence, he had read about serial killers and imagined becoming one. Soon after killing the family, he murdered a young woman and then another, until he had 10 victims. He named himself “B.T.K.” (bind, torture, kill) and wrote notes that terrorized the city. He remained on the loose for 30 years. No one who knew him guessed his dark secret. He nearly got away with his crimes, but in 2004, he began to play risky games with the police. He made a mistake. When he was arrested, Rader’s family, friends, and coworkers were shocked to discover that B.T.K. had been among them, going to work, raising his children, and acting normal. 

This case stands out both for the brutal treatment of victims and for the ordinary public face that Rader, a church council president, had shown to the outside world. Through jailhouse visits, telephone calls, and written correspondence, Katherine Ramsland worked with Rader himself to analyze the layers of his psyche. Using his drawings, letters, interviews, and Rader’s unique codes, she presents in meticulous detail the childhood roots and development of one man’s motivation to stalk, torture, and kill. She reveals aspects of the dark motivations of this most famous of living serial killers that have never before been revealed. In this audiobook Katherine Ramsland presents an intelligent, original, and rare glimpse into the making of a serial killer and the potential darkness that lives next door.

©2016 by Katherine Ramsland (P)2022 by Blackstone Publishing

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Boring & lame! Don’t wast your credit!!

There is nothing new here. This turd was given every opportunity to do something “real”, but he’s incapable of any real insight. If you’re reading or listening it’s likely because you want to know “why”?!? You won’t find that here. This idiot is still paying his juvenile “cat & mouse” games (he thinks), his “secret codes” are sophomoric and laughable. The author takes about 10 mins at the end of the book for some kind of psychoanalysis, but the majority of the tale is this moron reliving his crimes. What a wast of a credit… the narrator was fine, maybe a bit over-dramatic. Truly, there is ZERO new information or insight in this pitifully boring story.

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A pathetic human

Sadly, the demented details of this monsters thoughts and obsessions became boring. Once the shock value is gone, its just a sad cowardly soul desperate for attention who was never as clever as he believed he was. He spent his whole life trying to impress himself by destroying good peoples lives including his own family. I expected more insight on a serial killer, but this guy is just not that interesting. The author did do a good job putting the book together. I'm just left feeling sad for the victims and their families. So random .

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Think you knew all about BTK? Think Again!!

Allot more insight into Dennis Rader! I've seen all of the documentaries and read the books on BTK, but this book really goes beyond them all..You really get inside his head and way of thinking, DEEP, AND ITS DISTURBING. Most of the book is in his own words and it's fascinating. The narrative is awesome and flows effortlessly. He talks about other serial killers and how they influenced him and his desire to be one of the best. Truly one weird dude and unlike any other serial killer...

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LOVED IT

So glad I bought this, it absolutely didn't disappoint. I would recommend this book to True Crime junkies.

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A MUST Read Account!

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Wow! Wow! Wow!

This may be my favorite Serial Killer book! There is so much that I never read about, before (and I've read nearly EVERYTHING) And most of the book is in his words.

If you can, GET THE AUDIOBOOK!

Highly recommended if you're interested in what made this monster tick!

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Fantastic Book!!!

everything you ever wanted to know about the inner workings of a serial killer. listening again immediately.

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Not What I Expected - Still Very Good

I’m glad that the survivors of BTK’s horrors are receiving all the proceeds from this book. It’s very good, but I expected more of a forensic or psychological explanation; this really is “just” Dennis Radar giving his perspective. Extremely disturbing and profoundly interesting. The narrator does a great job and doesn’t overdo it; the consistency is appreciated although it does make it harder to differentiate between BTK’s recollections and Dr. Ramsland’s summarizations if attention isn’t given. Although I know many parts of the BTK murders, I should have listened to the BTK Book published by the Wichita journalists before this one; it would have likely made this book a richer experience. I appreciate the years of work that Dr. Ramsland put in to unravel, understand, and publish this book. Well worth the listen and True Crime enthusiasts will likely enjoy this title in their collection.

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Not horrible but could be better.

I am very intrigued by BTK and was dying to listen to this book. Ultimately it’s not bad but could be better, some parts were a bit confusing and hard to follow along. I also was hoping for more on a psychological perspective of why he committed these murders but do like how it explains from his perspective on things.

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Phenomenal insight into a very twisted mind.

I've admired Katherine's work for a long time now, and this book does not disappoint.

She takes a mostly hands-off approach here, interjecting only in the beginning and during the main story to clarify/reinforce an important point, and then gives a really excellent personal synopsis at the end.

I find the approach extremely refreshing and effective- she essentially lets him tell his own story.

Dennis' mind is equally fascinating, compelling, obnoxious, juvenile and infuriating all at the same time. He's an idiot, but he's also clever. He seems to genuinely care about his wife and kids, yet destroyed their lives while killing others who were also wives and children.

He's oblivious on so many levels, but he's also insightful in his own unique way. I haven't quite put a pin on it, but I still find myself being intrigued and drawn to the case even all of these years later.

Narration is top of the food chain. Really fantastic, professional delivery. He got all of the names and areas pronounced as they should be (a huge narration pet-peeve of mine), and this is what great audiobook narration sounds like. Adds to the book and story, without distracting.

HUGE success for Katherine, very very happy with this book. It's at the top of my serial killer library, where it belongs.

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A thorough examination of Rayder

This book combines analysis of the mind of Rayder with his own words and thoughts. Really goes in depth concerning his motivations and his murders.

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  • 04-02-22

Not worth finishing

Tried to finish thus but couldn't. Very bringing in my opinion. Just give it a miss.

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  • Louise
  • 02-07-22

From the source

A lot of material here which was produced by Rader himself, making this an insightful new addition to the wealth of material already available about BTK and his crimes. The narration is great - clear and without unnecessary dramatisation.

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  • barrett burke
  • 04-07-22

a detailed look into btk

a little confusing at times if you don't remember the codes used. otherwise it's a good read/listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-22

Long but worth it!

Great story and great narration. Very interesting, you couldn't imagine this happening in real life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-22

Good insight into BTK

Really enjoyed.
Very well narrated.
Great insight. Would recommend.
Good job all round.
Well done.