Btk Killer Essay

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On January 15, 1974 in Wichita, Kansas Joseph Otero, Julie Otero, and their two siblings Josephine and Joseph II strangled to death in their home. Joseph was found lying face down on the floor with his hands and feet bound with a cord that had been ripped from a Venetian blind from one of the rooms. Julie was found in the bedroom, lying on the bed, bound in a similar manner. Both appeared to have been strangled by a strip of cord cut from the Venetian blind. The police began an investigation commenced into one of the most bizarre and long-lasting serial killing sprees. Police discovered 9 year old Joseph Jr. in his bedroom lying near the foot of his bed. He was also tied with cord but ...view middle of the document...

Inside the book, Granger found a letter claiming credit for the killings of the Joseph Otero family, and gave the details of the murder that only police and killer could know, also, he was promising more victims. The letter was addressed to the "Secret Witness Program" under which people with information about a crime could pass on that information to police through the newspaper and remain anonymous. The killer wrote that the three individuals being questioned for the Otero murders were not involved. The following excerpts with their many misspellings and grammatical errors were printed in the Sun :"I write this letter to you for the sake of the tax payer as well as your time. Those three dude you have in custody are just talking to get publicity for the Otero murders. They know nothing at all. I did it by myself and with no ones help. There has been no talk either. Let's put this straight...." Then the killer provided details of the crime scene that were not published in the paper."I'm sorry this happen to society. They are the ones who suffer the most. It hard to control myself. You probably call me 'psychotic with sexual perversion hang-up.' When this monster enter my brain I will never know. But, it here to stay. How does one cure himself? If you ask for help, that you have killed four people they will laugh or hit the panic button and call the cops."I can't stop it so the monster goes on, and hurt me as well as society. Society can be thankful that there are ways for people like me to relieve myself at time by day dreams of some victims being torture and being mine. It a big complicated game my friend of the monster play putting victims number down, follow them, checking up on them, waiting in the dark, waiting, waiting.... the pressure is great and sometimes he run the game to his liking. Maybe you can stop him. I can't. He has already chosen his next victim or victims. I don't know who they are yet. The next day after I read the paper, I will know, but it to late. Good luck hunting."YOURS, TRULY GUILTILY"Although the letter was unsigned, it contained this postscript:"P.S. Since sex criminals do not change their M.O. or by nature cannot do so, I will not change mine. The code word for me will be....Bind them, toture them, kill them, B.T.K., you see he at it again. They will be on the next victim."The police began the analysis of the letter and made a conclusion that the killer was quite well educated and a reasonably good speller despite a few feeble attempts to appear to have a weak grip on the English language. Also, they assumed he has done quite a bit of reading about the criminal psychology of that era: the famous letters from California's Zodiac Killer and the Jack the Ripper letters that the killer could read in newspapers and books.Just three months after the Otero murders, the partially dressed body of 21 year old Kathryn Bright was found in her home located at 3217 E. 13th Street. She had been bound with cord and strangled just...

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