If you ever needed another reason to carry pepper spray, look no further than these reminders of All-American Psycho serial killers. Dennis Rader, the notorious serial killer known as BTK, is back in the news after being named the prime suspect in two unsolved murders in Oklahoma and Missouri.
Rader, who is currently serving ten consecutive life sentences for the murders of 10 people in Wichita, Kansas, was interviewed by police in Oklahoma last year after they reopened the investigation into the disappearance of Cynthia Kinney, a 16-year-old girl who vanished in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, in 1976.
Kinney’s body has never been found, but investigators believe that Rader may have been responsible for her disappearance. They say there are similarities between Kinney’s case and Rader’s other crimes, including the fact that she was young, blonde, and disappeared from a public place.
In addition to Kinney, Rader is also the prime suspect in the murder of Shawna Beth Garber, a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in Lanagan, Missouri, in 1990. Garber’s body was found in a wooded area and had been strangled.
Police say that they are still gathering evidence and have not yet made an arrest in either case. However, the fact that Rader has been named as a suspect has brought new hope to the victims’ families.
“We’re just glad that someone is finally taking a serious look at these cases,” said Kinney’s sister, Lisa. “We’ve never given up hope that we would find out what happened to Cynthia, and we’re still holding out hope that we can bring her home one day.”
Now 78 years old, Rader has not been charged with any crimes concerning the Kinney or Garber cases. However, he has a long history of violence against women. In addition to the ten murders he was convicted of, Rader also confessed to two attempted murders and one aggravated kidnapping.
He is considered one of the most notorious serial killers in American history. His crimes terrorized the Wichita area for over two decades, and his taunting letters and packages to the media kept his case in the public eye.
The fact that Rader is now a suspect in two more murders is a reminder of the horror and carnage he posed. It is also a reminder of the importance of never giving up hope in unsolved cases.