BTK: A Killler Among Us, produced by Cream Productions (Fear Thy Neighbor), delves into the psyche of the infamous Wichita, Kansas, killer, sharing intimate details behind his seemingly normal life. It’s set to air Sunday, February 17 at 10/9c on ID.
The docu special chronicle’s Rader’s shocking double life through comprehensive interviews with law enforcement, victim’s family members, reporters, and arguably the closest person to Rader: his daughter, Kerri Rawson, following the twisted path that eventually led to his conviction.
In 1974, Wichita’s reputation as a peaceful community was destroyed when Rader began his killing spree with the murders of four members of the Otero family. Months later he struck again, turning his attention to Kathryn Bright, a college student who lived eerily close to his original crime. Shortly after the Bright murder, he began leaving correspondence for police, relishing in the fear he created. His first note detailed his desire to “Bind, torture and kill.” From then on, he was dubbed “BTK.”
BTK held the city of Wichita on razor’s edge for nearly 31 years as a deliberate and meticulous killer who stalked, studied, and hunted ten innocent and unsuspecting victims. Tormenting police and media with notes and remnants from his crimes, BTK continued to correspond with the public, hungry to spread fear across the nation. Ultimately, Rader’s insatiable need to be recognized for his crimes led to his arrest in 2005.
“This is a horrifically perfect example of a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America. “It’s shocking to think that for 31 years, Dennis Rader was able to live a double life: one as a doting husband and father, and the other as one of our country’s most vicious and prolific serial murderers.”
“It was imperative to respect the magnitude of what we were asking Kerri to talk about and how hard that must be for her,” said Kate Harrison, President of Cream Productions. “We worked very closely with our longtime partners at ID to navigate these emotional hurdles and when we finally interviewed Kerri we all knew immediately that her story was worth waiting over 20 years to tell. We are grateful she trusted us for this special moment.”
Cream Productions’ Kate Harrison, David Brady, Matt Booi and Jeff Hirschfield are the executive producers.
Cream most recently premiered Son of Sam and aired season five of the cult hit Fear They Neighbor for ID.