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The Most Disturbing Images and Drawings Created by Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer 

Amanda Tullos
Updated March 26, 2019 505.4k views 10 items

To the Wichita community, Dennis Rader was a church president and a Boy Scouts leader. However, he is better known as the "BTK Killer," the man responsible for taking 10 lives over the course of 17 years - from 1974 to 1991. The sadistic family man would stalk women, break into their homes, and attack them. His usual M.O. was binding his victims, torturing them, and eventually asphyxiating them.

For years, Rader went free, and his ability to evade police led to an increased arrogance. He sent the police and media letters taunting them. But BTK's cockiness eventually led to his downfall when, in 2005, he submitted a floppy disk to police after they assured him it couldn't be used to trace him. However, police were able to locate Rader based on the floppy disk and arrest him. 

After BTK was captured, there were many revelations about his horrific actions. Graphic details were revealed through the letters and drawings he sent to police throughout the years, and creepy images of Rader dressed in his victims' clothing were made public. These are the most disturbing drawings and images created by BTK, who is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences in Kansas's El Dorado Correctional Facility.

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A Bondage Sketch Made In Prison
A Bondage Sketch Made In... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Disturbing Images and Drawings Created by Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer
Photo:  Wichita Police Department/via Murderpedia/Public Domain

In April 1985, Rader strangled his 53-year-old neighbor, Marine Hedge. BTK then took her body to his local church - where he was an active member of the congregation - to conduct a photo shoot. He arranged the body in his favorite bondage positions before eventually concealing the evidence in a ditch.

Rader had prepared by placing sheets of plastic around his church, and he even code-named his plan "Project Cookie."

The Cereal Box
The Cereal Box is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Disturbing Images and Drawings Created by Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer
Photo:  Wichita Police Department/via Murderpedia/Public Domain

In 2005, Rader placed a cereal box with the words "Bomb" and "BTK" into the bed of a pickup truck at Home Depot. The owner of the truck didn't give the box much thought when he tossed it into the trash, but BTK was hoping the item would bring panic to the community. In a letter to police, BTK mentioned the cryptic cereal box.

With the tip, authorities eventually found the marked Special K box, which contained vital information about Rader's victims.