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A Serial Killer's Daughter
A Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming | Kerri Rawson
What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer? In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. It was then that she learned her father was the notorious serial killer known as BTK, a name he’d given himself that described the horrific way he committed his crimes: bind, torture, kill. As news of his capture spread, Wichitacelebrated the end of a thirty-one-year nightmare. For Kerri Rawson, another was just beginning. She was plunged into a black hole of horror and disbelief. The same man who had been a loving father, a devoted husband, church president, Boy Scout leader, and a public servant had been using their family as a cover for his heinous crimes since before she was born. Everything she had believed about her life had been a lie. Written with candor and extraordinary courage, A Serial Killer’s Daughter is an unflinching exploration of life with one of America’s most infamous killers and an astonishing tale of personal and spiritual transformation. For all who suffer from unhealed wounds or the crippling effects of violence, betrayal, and anger, Kerri Rawson’s story offers the hope of reclaiming sanity in the midst of madness, rebuilding a life in the shadow of death, and learning to forgive the unforgivable. “No easy answers here. No platitudes. Only raw honesty, written with the gracious authority of one who has glimpsed hell. Kerri Rawson shares her earned wisdom and a hope that has been bought with tears and nightmares. This book is a gritty must-read in the library of hope.” —Paul J. Pastor, author of The Face of the Deep and The Listening Day
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Day One of #BFC (thank you for the hashtag @catebutler ) was a rude awakening!!! Im in TERRIBLE physical shape! Good Lord, I could barely breathe through the first 7 minutes of my 20 minute work out. I did slay the book portion of the challenge😂Finished the tagged memoir. It‘s quite the story & I felt for Kerri & her family but this book is not for true crime fans. It‘s more of a finding faith & healing memoir with a serial killer father.

BarbaraJean Hahaha... I had a similar awakening, and felt soooo lame gasping for breath at the top of a hill, during the first 5 minutes of my walk around my neighborhood! Lesson learned: I need to work up some hill stamina! 2w
Cinfhen I have a feeling many lessons will be learnt @BarbaraJean but we‘re all in this together and that‘s the BEST part! (edited) 2w
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catebutler Just think how different we‘ll feel the more we do this challenge. I can‘t wait! 💪🏼 And I give all credit to the #BFC hashtag to @wanderinglynn! 😄 2w
BookwormAHN A few reps of lunges almost killed me this morning so I sympathize. It will get easier though. 2w
BarbaraJean @Cinfhen Yes!! I‘m loving all this cheering each other on! 2w
jenniferw88 You can do it! 2w
Marina_h You got to start somewhere 😊 2w
Kaye When I first went to the gym, I got tired really fast. After 20 minutes I had to stop. Each week, I gradually built up. On good days now I can go 2 hours. It takes time, so be patient and don‘t give up. (edited) 2w
Bookwormjillk Great job! I got a rude awakening yesterday when I decided to climb some stairs yesterday. After 6 weeks we won‘t even feel it! 2w
tdrosebud I received that same lesson just doing calisthenics. It will get better though. 2w
marleed Oh good luck. It really does get easier. 2w
Chrissyreadit @Cinfhen your response about the book was very accurate. 2w
4thhouseontheleft Just think how satisfying it will be at the end of the challenge when you kick ass during the whole workout and can look back on all the progress you made! 🏋️‍♀️ 💪🏼 2w
Laughterhp At least you‘re moving! Good luck! 2w
guinsgirlreads Great job roughing it out! It gets easier! 💪🏻 And thank you for the clarifying review, it definitely helped me out. 2w
Ash.on.the.line We never seem to realize until we actually get up and do it! 😂 Just keep going! 😁 2w
MaleficentBookDragon Beautiful photo. 2w
wanderinglynn Way to stick with it! The important thing is you did it! The hardest part is just getting started. In 6 weeks you‘ll look back and be amazed how far you‘ve come! 🙌🏻 2w
Megabooks Great review!! 😘😘 2w
Cinfhen Thanks @MaleficentBookDragon my flowers are so colorful I had to share them 🌼🌺🌸 2w
jillannjohn Great start. It‘ll get easier! 2w
Cinfhen I think I was more humbled than defeated yesterday and honestly today wasn‘t much better but onwards! Thanks #TeamBFC @catebutler @BookwormAHN @jenniferw88 @Marina_h @Kaye @Bookwormjillk @tdrosebud @marleed @4thhouseontheleft @Laughterhp @guinsgirlreads @Ash.on.the.line @wanderinglynn 😜👊🏽 2w
Cinfhen I wanted to like this book more but I found myself doing too many eye rolls @Megabooks @Chrissyreadit I think her editor did a terrible job!!!! @guinsgirlreads (edited) 2w
CafeMom Too bad this book was so-so. I saw her interviewed on the Dr.Phil show and I had great sympathy for her. She really was kept in the dark her whole life. 2w
Clwojick I know what you mean! My Fitbit app straight up says my “cardio health” is poor for women of my age! 😂 I‘m here to fix that though, so we can power through together! 2w
Cinfhen She definitely has a compelling story @CafeMom which is why I think the editor did her a disservice. It needed to be branded differently and weeded out. There were dozens of unnecessary stories from childhood & multiple mentions of meals at Arby‘s & Taco Bell 🙄 2w
Cinfhen I think I want a FitBit for my birthday @Clwojick I could use a daily kick in the ass 😂😂 I‘m so glad to know we are all in this together 🥰 2w
Clwojick I wholeheartedly suggest you get one! 💙♥️ 2w
TheSpineView Now I want a FitBit.😋 good job! 2w
kspenmoll Beautiful flowers! Thanks for the review. I had to push myself this morning after a long day/night Fri with work & HS prom . Keep it up!!! 2w
Caterina Beautiful pic! And great job not giving up after those first 7 minutes - you can do this!! ❤ 🙌 2w
Cinfhen Thanks for the good cheer @TheSpineView @kspenmoll @Caterina Hope you‘re all having a good day 😁 2w
dariazeoli I‘m out of shape too, but I highly recommend the Fitbit anyway. Nice start to the challenge! 💪 2w
Reviewsbylola The religious slant was so not for me. I gave it a so-so too. 2w
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This caused me to snort. In a letter written by Dennis Radar, the BTK serial killer, musing to his daughter that his brothers are not communicating with him. He finds that “not very Christian”. Dude, you strangled, brutalized and killed 10 people! Really, in my book that‘s #NotVeryChristian 😆 This book is interesting in some parts and very unnecessary in others.

wanderinglynn It always amazes me how people compartmentalize and can see faults in other, but not themselves. 2w
MicheleinPhilly 🙄 Also dude, your grammar. 2w
Kalalalatja My thought exactly @MicheleinPhilly 🙄 2w
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Cinfhen Yea, that‘s for another rant @MicheleinPhilly @Kalalalatja 😂 2w
Cinfhen So true @wanderinglynn I mean, talk about denial!!! 2w
KarenUK My new favorite understating hashtag! Serial killing = #notverychristian 😂 2w
CouronneDhiver Ugh 😑 2w
Blaire BTK lived near my neighborhood in Wichita...think it might creep me out too much to read more about him. Shudder. 2w
Cinfhen I‘m sure it would @Blaire this guy was a total psychopath although the book does not go into much detail. It‘s more about the daughter‘s healing from the trauma of discovery. It needed better editing @CouronneDhiver @KarenUK It‘s a crazy story but it never really went anywhere. 2w
Reviewsbylola BTK is a very deranged dude. 2w
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Playing catch-up on my #NetGalley #ARCs Up next, true crime.

AmyG It‘s a decent book. But wow...it‘s crazy just wrapping your head around this. Enjoy. 2w
GripLitGrl Oooh sounds interesting. Gotta check back for your review. 2w
valeriegeary I just read this.... It wasn't what I wanted it to be, a little scattered in places. Interesting though, and brave of her to share her story. I just wish she'd had a more thoughtful, thorough editor. I skimmed parts. 🤷 2w
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I love book mail! A friend sent out A Serial Killer‘s Daughter and Let Me Tell You and they just arrived today!

allureofbeauty I really want to see a serial killers daughter 3w
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Busy Mama life and a horrible reading slump the last couple of months (though there have been a couple really good reads when I was able to consume some pages) have taken me away from Litsy most of the time... but this is my #CurrentRead. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet.

#NetGalley #TrueCrime #TrueCrimeTuesday #SerialKiller #MomsWhoRead

BlameJennyJane I wondered about this one after seeing several interviews with the author. 4w
vkois88 @BlameJennyJane it's... idk lol... 4w
CarolynM Nice to see you around again 👋😘 Hope LO is doing well 4w
vkois88 @CarolynM thank you 😘😘 LO is doing well... it's her house, she just lets us live here!! We are beginning the transition of Mama going back to work full time instead of just part time, so we are trying to get into the swing of things. And when I'm off, I spend my days chasing after her!!! 😊😊😊 3w
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One day the FBI showed up at her door to inform Kerri Rawson that her father was the infamous BTK killer. #truecrime #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #bookaddiction #sundayread #snowyweather #snow

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Kerri Rawson was living the life of American #dreams until she found herself in a living nightmare. Feb. of 2005, FBI agents knocked on her door and told her that her dad, Dennis Rader, had been arrested as BTK, a notorious Wichita serial killer that had been on the loose for 30 years. An interesting book, it veered too closely to a Christian memoir to really appeal to me but hers is an interesting perspective. #anglophileapril #netgalley

vivastory Have you been watching Mindhunter on Netflix? 1mo
Cinfhen I have this ARC which I have totally blown off. I‘ve been SO BAD!!!! 1mo
Zelma @vivastory we just finished the season and loved it! 1mo
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vivastory @Zelma I can't wait for the second season! I have a vivid memory of rader being arrested, I'm in KC so it was on the local news for quite awhile. 1mo
Reviewsbylola No I haven‘t! Is it about BTK? @vivastory 1mo
vivastory He makes a cameo in most episodes, but it is set in the late 70s 1mo
vivastory As a true crime reader, I think you'd love it 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ll have to check it out! @vivastory 1mo
Mdargusch I can‘t even imagine. 1mo
emilyhaldi That would be pretty rough 1mo
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The first third of the book was basically a normal girl w/ normal problems lives a normal life. It dragged a bit for me. Once Rawson got to the part where her dad was arrested, things picked up. It was sad to see how affected she was by what her father did and I think it‘s important to remember that the family of these killers are also victims.

Would recommend for fans of religious memoirs but not true crime fans.


#netgalley #memoir

Kaye Thanks for that last sentence. Second time I‘ve heard it . I‘ve been pondering whether to read this or not. I believe I‘ll pass. 2mo
Kristy_K @kaye I think they marketed it as a true crime read but I feel that is misleading. It really has more to do with Rawson‘s faith through the trials of her life and one of those trials just happens to be who her dad is. 2mo
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It was ok

Kristy_K Part way through this now and feeling the same. 2mo
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Slow in the beginning but an interesting perspective. Can't even imagine having to find out that your dad is a sadistic serial killer.

A good reminder that loved ones of a killer who had no idea can also be victims & have a difficult time adjusting. She talks a lot about her faith, which was fine for the most part.

Not mind blowing but interesting. There isn't much detail about the murders or victims but that's understandable.


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This story does detail the gruesome and horrific murders carried out by the infamous BTK killer but it's also a story about a girl who discovers that the man she has loved and called dad is a monster that no one knew about. The book discusses elements of trauma that the family endured during the wake of the arrest and how they were left to pick up the mess their father left. It's an interesting read and a sad one at that. I gave this 3.5 🌟

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This book was my first request from netgalley- I read BTK first, and it may have made this book less enjoyable. The author portrays the concept that her father was a good family, and they had a normal life together. But parts of her story contradict that statement, and I am confused by how it is handled. It is also written from a deeply Christian perspective- and I am not the targeted audience there. I am glad she found support and help but am

Chrissyreadit Cynical because several victims family members struggled and ended up with very sad lives. 3mo
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Written for NetGalley and Nelson Book.
What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer? Kerri Rawson writes an insightful and honest perspective of another side of her father, the BTK killer. I was happy to see a supportive husband and how he helped her to overcome her PTSD and gave her the courage to go on with her life. I found the book hard to put down and I would recommend it to those who love true crime stories.

AmyG If you are a trume crime fan, I agree this is a must read. 3mo
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Bravo Kerri Rawson. Thank you for sharing such a difficult and tragic piece of your life.

Bookladylinda I so want to read this one! 3mo
darklydreaming @Bookladylinda it was definitely an interesting read. So tragic! 3mo
Bookladylinda @darklydreaming I saw her on Dr Phil and heard some of her story. 3mo
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Good morning!! Although I wasn‘t able to join in #fridaynightbookclub yesterday (was out of town!), I‘m cuddled on the couch now to catch up on some reading! I LOVE this idea 💕
@JoScho @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Crazeedi @hermyknee @AmyK @Craftylikefox @Traci1

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Isn‘t it awesome!! Love spending time with my book buddies!! @JoScho 🥰💗 3mo
JoScho 💗💗💗 3mo
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Craftylikefox Yes!! 💕💕 3mo
Crazeedi Love it so much! Enjoy your day!! 3mo
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A lot of true crime focuses on the victims, the victims' family and the crime itself...but what about the family of the criminal? This book, written by the daughter of BTK, gives us a look into what life is like as a child of a serial killer.
The first half is quite slow, focusing more on Kerri's childhood and her struggle finding faith, but it gets quite interesting and hard to put down.

AmyG I am almost done with this. I found the first part oddly interesting in that he seemed quite “normal”. Just a fascinating book. I can‘t begin to imagine... 4mo
FantasyChick @AmyG Right? I was reading it and thinking "My parents never did stuff like that with me, that's awesome" and then he's killing people in between "good dad time". You just never know..... 4mo
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All schools in my city (London, ON) are closed today due to the icy road conditions (including my private school which NEVER happens!!) I think I will spend the day reading this one. May even finish it 😁👌

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Rawson‘s father was the BTK serial killer. The family found out when the police caught him. Her story is fascinating . I can‘t begin to imagine.
I‘m reading this for #Booked2019....book related to a podcast. He was discussed in an episode of My Favorite Murder.

@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Jee_HookedOnBookz Can't imagine what she went through 😔 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage There‘s that thing people say about finding about your parents are human. And then there‘s that thing about finding out your dad is inhuman. I can‘t imagine. 4mo
Suet624 I know nothing at all about this. Stacked! 4mo
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Chrissyreadit @EadieB is this one on your radar? 4mo
Reviewsbylola This is on my TBR. I can‘t imagine! 4mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit This book is brand new published today so my library doesn‘t have it and it is expensive to buy. We can wait til the library orders it or in the mean time we can read to get background info (edited) 4mo
Chrissyreadit @EadieB yes- that looks like a good start! 4mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit can you get a copy of this 4mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit do you belong to NetGalley because I just requested it and my request is pending for 4mo
Chrissyreadit @EadieB I do not think so- with grad school I have not committed to reviews because of time constraints. 4mo
Chrissyreadit @EadieB yes- it‘s very inexpensive on amazon 4mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit are you doing kindle or physical book 4mo
Sills Followed this story since the horrific atrocities occurred only 40 miles from where I live-frightening🤭 4mo
Cinfhen Real life is definitely stranger than fiction!!! 4mo
Cinfhen I just got approved for this on NetGalley the other day!! Will bump it up 4mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom SSDGM! 💖 4mo
Chrissyreadit @EadieB I can use kindle unlimited and read for free 4mo
AmyG @Eadie I read that BTK book years ago. It‘s good. 4mo
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Morr_Books Awesome!! 4mo
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