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Thursday, June 27, 2013

BTK killer pleaded guilty to 10 murder counts
Kyle Webster at 12:00 AM ET

On June 27, 2005, Dennis Rader pleaded guilty to charges for 10 murders committed between 1974 and 1991 in the Wichita, Kansas, area. The infamous serial killer, dubbed "BTK" for his signature of "bind, torture, kill," changed a previous plea of not guilty, which was entered by a judge due to his silence at his May 3, 2005, arraignment. On August 18, 2005, he received 10 consecutive life sentences, one for each victim. The search for the BTK killer had basically ceased by March 2004 due to the passage of 13 years since the last known murder, but it resumed when Rader sent several anonymous communications to various local media outlets. Police arrested him in February 2005.

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