Dennis Rader Bio Details

Full name

Dennis Lynn Rader





Date of birth

9 Mar 1945

Birth place

Pittsburg, Kansas, USA


US Airforce (1966)


Wichita Heights High School, Wichita, Kansas, United States

Riverview School, Wichita, Kansas, United States

Butler County Community College, El Dorado, Kansas, United States

Kansas Wesleyan University, Kansas, United States (1965)

Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, United States (1973)

The Facts

Between 1974 and 1991 Rader murdered 10 people, including four members of the same family.  His nickname 'BTK' stood for 'Bind, Torture, Kill' - his modus operandi, and left a number of taunting notes for the police and the media, detailing his crimes.  He was finally caught in February 2005 and was given 10 consecutive life sentences, without the possibility for parole until 2180.

Stranger than fiction

In 2010 Stephen King published a story called 'A Good Marriage' - a story of a wife who discovers her husband is a serial killer.  King states it was inspired by the story of the BTK killer.

Dennis Rader

American serial killer known as 'BTK'
Dennis Rader

Relationship History

Paula Rader


2 children together

marriage 22 May 1971
divorce 2005

Dennis Rader Children

Brian Rader


Brian Rader

with Paula Rader

Kerri Rawson


Kerri Rawson

with Paula Rader

Dennis Rader Siblings

Paul Rader


Bill Rader


Jeff Rader


Dennis Rader Family

Dennis Rader's parents:

Dennis Rader's father is William Rader Dennis Rader's mother is Dorothea Rader

Dennis Rader's children:

Dennis Rader's son is Brian Rader Dennis Rader's daughter is Kerri Rawson

Dennis Rader's former partners:

Dennis Rader's former wife is Paula Rader

Dennis Rader's siblings:

Dennis Rader's brother is Paul Rader Dennis Rader's brother is Bill Rader Dennis Rader's brother is Jeff Rader

Dennis Rader's in laws:

Dennis Rader's son in law is Darian Rawson

Dennis Rader FameChain Links

Serial Killers

Other people in this association:

Ted Bundy

John Wayne Gacy

Angelo Buono