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Police are releasing decades-old sketches from the infamous BTK serial killer, believing they may hold the key to unsolved cases in Oklahoma and Missouri.
Dennis Rader, whose serial killer nickname stands for “Bind, Torture, Kill,” is currently serving ten consecutive life sentences for the people he pleaded guilty to killing throughout the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. When he was arrested in 2005, hundreds of sketches showing women bound and gagged, with nooses around their necks, were collected, the Daily Mail reported.
One of the images, which is just now being released, shows three different women bound and gagged in what is believed to be a barn. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma released the images as part of a new investigation, launched in January, into potential additional victims, the Independent reported. (WARNING: Graphic Image)
In August, Rader was named the prime suspect in the 1976 disappearance of Cynthia Dawn Kinney, 16, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, as well as the 1990 murder of Shawna Beth Garber, 22, in McDonald County, Missouri. Kinney’s body has never been found, but investigators are operating on the theory that Rader may have buried her in a barn near the Kansas-Oklahoma border. Months after she disappeared, police received an anonymous call from a man claiming her body could be found in an old barn.
“My father absolutely loves barns and silos,” Rader’s daughter, Kerri Rawson, told CNN.
“Every time we drove around going camping, fishing, to college, he’d absolutely say this one – like he said, I want to retire here. And he would tease my mom about it,” Rawson added. “And then after he was arrested, we found out later that he had massive fantasies about those specific locations. So now we’re driving around trying to find those by my memory and noting them because we need to go see, is there anybody missing or buried there.”
Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden told CNN that his team had received some “very, very good tips” after CNN reported on Rader’s drawings.
“It’s going to be a busy week,” Virden told the outlet, adding that the tips have “provided more information.”
Virden and his team believe some of the colored sketches depict additional crimes Rader may have committed. (WARNING: Graphic Image)
“We have a lot of follow-ups to do, of course, a lot of interviews to do,” Virden said. “Barn-wise, we’ve got a lot of things sent to us for us to check out.”
Virden told the outlet that authorities hope the newly released sketches could lead someone to “recognize one of these barns or the unique features in them, or the closeness of the silo to the barn, or possibly might have even found items that they didn’t know why were there that could be very important in this case.” (WARNING: Graphic Image)
Rader has claimed he did not kill anyone outside the ten victims he pleaded guilty to murdering, but authorities continue investigating. After being arrested in 2005, he admitted to killing ten people in Wichita, Kansas.