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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (123 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Singular Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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To all appearances, Dennis Rader was a model citizen in the small town of Park City, Kansas, where he had lived with his family almost his entire life. He was a town compliance officer, a former Boy Scout leader, the president of his church congregation, and a seemingly ordinary father and husband. But Rader’s average life belied the existence of his dark, sadistic other self: he was the BTK serial killer.

The self-named BTK (for Bind, Torture, Kill) had terrorized Wichita for thirty-one years, not only with his brutal, sexually motivated crimes, but also through his taunting, elusive communications with the media and law enforcement. In 1974 BTK committed his first murders—torturing and strangling four members of the Otero family—and wrote the police an audacious letter declaring his responsibility for the Oteros’ deaths and labeling himself, for the first time, BTK. Thus he established a pattern—stalking and killing a series of ten victims, then bragging and claiming ownership of his crimes—that ended in 1991 but left law enforcement confounded and the public with deeply troubling memories … until he resurfaced in 2004 with another string of letters that would finally lead to his arrest.

Drawing from extensive interviews with Rader’s pastor, congregation, detectives, and psychologists who worked the case, and from his unnervingly detailed thirty-two-hour confession, bestselling author Stephen Singular delves into the disturbing life and crimes of BTK to explore fully—for the first time—the most dangerous and complex serial killer of our generation and the man who embodied, at once, astonishing extremes of normality and abnormality.

The result is a chilling story of a man considered a “spiritual leader” by his pastor and congregation, who turned out to be the devil next door. More than just true crime, Unholy Messenger is a powerful, thoroughly engrossing examination of the intersection between good and evil, and of the psychology and spirituality of a killer in whom faith and bloodshed converged.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pit Ball | 9/17/2012

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christina | 11/16/2010

    " Well, it's five stars if you like this sort of thing, haha. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gabrielle | 6/14/2010

    " A good early examination of the methods and eventual discovery of the BTK killer. From what I understand, this book was released fairly early and may be later topped by authors with access to more research. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christina | 8/17/2009

    " Well, it's five stars if you like this sort of thing, haha. "

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About the Author

Stephen Singular has published twenty books about high-profile crimes and their impact on society. His articles have appeared in New York magazine, Psychology Today, Inside Sports, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and American Photo.