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Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door
Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door | Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter, Hurst Laviana, L Kelly
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For thirty-one years, a monster terrorized the residents of Wichita, Kansas. A bloodthirsty serial killer, self-named "BTK"--for "bind them, torture them, kill them"--he slaughtered men, women, and children alike, eluding the police for decades while bragging of his grisly exploits to the media. The nation was shocked when the fiend who was finally apprehended turned out to be Dennis Rader--a friendly neighbor . . . a devoted husband . . . a helpful Boy Scout dad . . . the respected president of his church.Written by four award-winning crime reporters who covered the story for more than twenty years, Bind, Torture, Kill is the most intimate and complete account of the BTK nightmare told by the people who were there from the beginning. With newly released documents, evidence, and information--and with the full cooperation, for the very first time, of the Wichita Police Department's BTK Task Force--the authors have put all the pieces of the grisly puzzle into place, thanks to their unparalleled access to the families of the killer and his victims.
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1. Bind, Torture, Kill
2. “He has to give Laviana something.”
3. Riunite Lambrusco. Just poured a glass lol 🍷

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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One more true crime before I switch back to a fiction book. I was going to after the last book but I just listened to a podcast about Dennis Rader.

📖: 45/52

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This was a slow read for me. I found myself skimming through the very vivid and disturbing details through the first half of the book. The focus on the police work is very interesting - it's fascinating to see how they captured this monster. Many people question why it took decades to catch Rader, this book will explain all of that. Overall, it was a good read but definitely not for the faint of heart. #btk #truecrime

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This was not any easy read- you may want to skip my review...this book contains explicit details of rape and torture including of a child. I had a very hard time reading it- and did not read it at night. It also indicates that being a victim of a Serial killer is like winning Shirley Jackson‘s lottery. There are places where the editing was choppy, and I wish I had taken notes to keep track. But I loved the human side of the law enforcement, cont.

Chrissyreadit The great part of this book was the focus on the path to catch him, the families of the officers involved were front and center and the time and effort clearly detailed. I would not have read this if I had not wanted to read his daughters book, and i felt I needed to know the story first. 10mo
MolliesaurusRex I‘m a huge true crime fan, & what I loved about this one was the focus on the reporters and law enforcement who were working towards catching him. It‘s not something you find often in books about serial killers & it was so refreshing. 10mo
Chrissyreadit @MolliesaurusRex yes- I completely agree. I read that Landwehr died of cancer just a few years ago and my heart actually hurt for his family. 10mo
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MolliesaurusRex @Chrissyreadit that is heartbreaking.😭 he certainly seemed like an absolutely wonderful person. 10mo
Chrissyreadit @EadieB did you finish the daughters book? It is not what I expected. A lot of my thoughts include irritation- I‘m not sure how to write a review for it. 9mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit Yes I read the daughter‘s book first. I liked it a lot. I can‘t read this book until I finish some of my library books as they will be due soon and that might be mid-March. I feel I know most of what happened because the daughter‘s book included what killings happened when in the daughter‘s life. (edited) 9mo
Chrissyreadit @EadieB it is a very different perspective. I will be very excited to read your thoughts when you have the comparison. 9mo
ReadingOverSleeping I just started this book and my God, is it intense! 6mo
Chrissyreadit @ReadingOverSleeping yes- intense and disturbing. I had a difficult time with reading the daughters book because this book is so explicit. 6mo
ReadingOverSleeping @Chrissyreadit Im waiting for that one to be returned to the library so I can read it! Hoping it's not as graphic 6mo
Chrissyreadit @ReadingOverSleeping not graphic at all in my opinion. 6mo
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#loveinadangeroustime #timbittunes
@EadieB I probably should not be reading this at night. Have you read it? I‘m trying to read this before the daughters story.

EadieB @Chrissyreadit I finished the daughter‘s story today. I just paged thru the book but I agree too scary for night reading. 10mo
sammisho My uncle is the warden where BTK is imprisoned! 10mo
Chrissyreadit @sammisho wow. I was too young to grasp how awful he was. This book is horrifying. Honestly I‘m surprised he‘s still alive. 10mo
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Crazeedi This might be too much for me, even though I like reading some books like this 10mo
Chrissyreadit @Crazeedi to me this is more descriptive and intense than Ann Rules book about Ted Bundy. I will not read it at night. 10mo
Cinfhen I have the daughters book to read!! I think I‘ll pass on this one 😱I‘ll check out wiki first😉 10mo
Bklover I read this recently. I really enjoyed (?!?! Maybe not the right word) it. @sammisho That is so cool! 10mo
Chrissyreadit @Bklover 😳your comment gave me an opportunity to use a different emoji 😜 I do think the style and presentation are good, I do not like being in the killers head, and maybe I‘m more aware now of why my parents were overprotective in the 80‘s. 10mo
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Ice and so cold today. No work, audio cleaning and audio cooking instead!

Stephuhhnieee I started this today, too!! Only just finished chapter one and it already creeped me out. (edited) 10mo
Jen2 It gets so much worse! 10mo
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I just couldn‘t with this book. I had hopes to completely finish it before the new year, but I‘ve decided it‘s not fair to have my “last” book be this.
The writing style is just poor, the story line is choppy, and what should be an interesting look about a serial killer is just plain boring. 😒

Reviewsbylola It‘s not cool to end the year on a bad note so I totally get why you bailed! 11mo
RaimeyGallant Trust your gut! 11mo
Librarianaut Life is too short to give your precious time to unworthy causes...bad books included 11mo
Blaire I lived in Wichita not too far from the BTK killer. Didn‘t know a book had been written about it. Too bad it‘s not a good one. (edited) 11mo
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1. Spaghetti meme.
2. Lamp. As usual I‘m reading in bed. Or actually on top of the bed.
3. True crime. Creepy stuff
4. About two weeks ago, from Dairy King, a local burger place. They were heavenly.
5. Not for a long time- since my drunken college days.

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I wouldn't normally recommend a book like this but the reasons that I have listed I do not like the book are reasons that somebody else may indeed like it. So with that in mind, I would recommend this book to people who like cops and robbers, mystery, and true crime.

Please read my full review here:

parasolofdoom I definitely have some books like that. "Here! I hated this but I actually think YOU would love it!" Most notable example being The Martian -- I didn't care for it but I absolutely knew my husband would and he did. 1y
parasolofdoom PS you're The Reading Mermaid on Facebook right? I just noticed your screenname and realized I must have started following you there from here 😂. 1y
Reviewsbylola Hmmmmm I do love true crime . . . 1y
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TheReadingMermaid @parasolofdoom yes it's funny how books work out like that sometimes. and yes I have a Facebook page which is the Reading Mermaid's Book Blog and Boutique. Did you really? Lol 😋 1y
parasolofdoom I believe so, I comment and like when I'm on FB (Angela B) 1y
TheReadingMermaid @parasolofdoom oh yes you commented recently on my Sphere review. How funny is that I never put two and two together. Lol well welcome to my Facebook page! I hope you like it 🤗 1y
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Terrifying . Out of all the killers I've read about, this guy would be the one I'd be most afraid of. He looked and acted(most of the time), like an ordinary guy. No glaring signs of anger, abuse, rage,etc. Boy Scout Leader, churchgoer, hard worker. Another odd thing about this guy was that he killed a small number of people, then totally stopped for several years, then began killing again. I think he'd make a fascinating study for investigators

AmyG Oh, I loved this one. (Which sounds so wrong). 2y
Kaye @AmyG Yes, I know what you mean. For people who don't like true crime, they think you're a bit off center or something if you like reading this type of book. I actually had a librarian ask me once why I read this stuff. I don't read it for entertainment, but more as educational,I guess you'd say. It's fascinating to read why people do what they do, how they get caught, the investigation and trials. It's interesting to learn more about it. 2y
Bklover Ooh I'm gonna have to read this one!!! 2y
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Kaye I hope you like it. He was one scary dude. Did you happen to see any of the videos of him in court , talking about the crimes ? He was talking in a monotone voice, like he was reading off a grocery list. Frightening. We could have someone like that living next door and never know it.....until the doorbell rings some night. ☠️ 2y
mdm139 I lived in Wichita for years and meet someone that lived on his street, went to same church, kids in boy scouts etc. He was so shocked it was this guy he knew for years, he wore "normal" so well. 2y
Kaye @mdm139 Wow. That is frightening. Such a strange case. Most serial killers seem to be a bit shady. A history of abuse or mental illness from a younger age , domestic violence. Drugs. You know. Some signs that there's a malfunction of sorts. I think that's why this one is so scary. 2y
GoldenGirl That just goes to show....no matter how "normal" they may seem. You never really know anybody. 2y
Kaye @GoldenGirl True 😬 2y
AmyG @Kaye I read true crime because I am fascinated by people who cmmit these crimes. What makes them tick? @mdm139 The person being per ieved as "normal" is what makes this even more fascinating. 2y
Kaye @AmyG Yes, in lots of cases you do wonder why they do it. Others are easier to figure out. Money, jealousy, domestic stuff. The serial killers are usually mentally off. I don't know enough about all the mental diseases to know what each one is , but you'd have to have a loose screw to kill people you don't even know. 2y
Kaye @mdm139. I think that's why this one is scary. He seemed so normal and bland. I've never heard people that know him on interviews say they knew he was weird or they saw he had a bad temper or anything like that. 2y
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