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  • Confession of a Serial Killer

  • The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer
  • By: Katherine Ramsland PhD
  • Narrated by: Michael Braun
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Confession of a Serial Killer

By: Katherine Ramsland PhD
Narrated by: Michael Braun
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Summary

Explore the mind and motivations of a serial killer.

In 1974, Dennis Lynn Rader stalked and murdered a family of four in Wichita, Kansas. Since adolescence, he had read about serial killers and imagined becoming one. Soon after killing the family, he murdered a young woman and then another, until he had 10 victims. He named himself “B.T.K.” (bind, torture, kill) and wrote notes that terrorized the city. He remained on the loose for 30 years. No one who knew him guessed his dark secret. He nearly got away with his crimes, but in 2004, he began to play risky games with the police. He made a mistake. When he was arrested, Rader’s family, friends, and coworkers were shocked to discover that B.T.K. had been among them, going to work, raising his children, and acting normal. 

This case stands out both for the brutal treatment of victims and for the ordinary public face that Rader, a church council president, had shown to the outside world. Through jailhouse visits, telephone calls, and written correspondence, Katherine Ramsland worked with Rader himself to analyze the layers of his psyche. Using his drawings, letters, interviews, and Rader’s unique codes, she presents in meticulous detail the childhood roots and development of one man’s motivation to stalk, torture, and kill. She reveals aspects of the dark motivations of this most famous of living serial killers that have never before been revealed. In this audiobook Katherine Ramsland presents an intelligent, original, and rare glimpse into the making of a serial killer and the potential darkness that lives next door.

©2016 by Katherine Ramsland (P)2022 by Blackstone Publishing

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  • Iread
  • 23-01-22

Boring & lame! Don’t wast your credit!!

There is nothing new here. This turd was given every opportunity to do something “real”, but he’s incapable of any real insight. If you’re reading or listening it’s likely because you want to know “why”?!? You won’t find that here. This idiot is still paying his juvenile “cat & mouse” games (he thinks), his “secret codes” are sophomoric and laughable. The author takes about 10 mins at the end of the book for some kind of psychoanalysis, but the majority of the tale is this moron reliving his crimes. What a wast of a credit… the narrator was fine, maybe a bit over-dramatic. Truly, there is ZERO new information or insight in this pitifully boring story.

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  • Grandma
  • 23-01-22

A pathetic human

Sadly, the demented details of this monsters thoughts and obsessions became boring. Once the shock value is gone, its just a sad cowardly soul desperate for attention who was never as clever as he believed he was. He spent his whole life trying to impress himself by destroying good peoples lives including his own family. I expected more insight on a serial killer, but this guy is just not that interesting. The author did do a good job putting the book together. I'm just left feeling sad for the victims and their families. So random .

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  • Brian
  • 27-01-22

Think you knew all about BTK? Think Again!!

Allot more insight into Dennis Rader! I've seen all of the documentaries and read the books on BTK, but this book really goes beyond them all..You really get inside his head and way of thinking, DEEP, AND ITS DISTURBING. Most of the book is in his own words and it's fascinating. The narrative is awesome and flows effortlessly. He talks about other serial killers and how they influenced him and his desire to be one of the best. Truly one weird dude and unlike any other serial killer...

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  • Sumpursun
  • 19-01-22

Not What I Expected - Still Very Good

I’m glad that the survivors of BTK’s horrors are receiving all the proceeds from this book. It’s very good, but I expected more of a forensic or psychological explanation; this really is “just” Dennis Radar giving his perspective. Extremely disturbing and profoundly interesting. The narrator does a great job and doesn’t overdo it; the consistency is appreciated although it does make it harder to differentiate between BTK’s recollections and Dr. Ramsland’s summarizations if attention isn’t given. Although I know many parts of the BTK murders, I should have listened to the BTK Book published by the Wichita journalists before this one; it would have likely made this book a richer experience. I appreciate the years of work that Dr. Ramsland put in to unravel, understand, and publish this book. Well worth the listen and True Crime enthusiasts will likely enjoy this title in their collection.

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  • Nick H.
  • 26-05-22

Great but not for the faint of heart

I’m always interested Katherine Ramsland’s writing, and this was no different. Just know that you will have to hear about Dennis Radar’s actions in his own words and frankly, it was extremely difficult to get through all of it. If you can’t stomach that sort of thing (no shame in that), take a pass on this one. It’s interesting but it’s also very disturbing.

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  • SarahNichole
  • 02-03-22

Calling for Criminal Behavior & Criminology

the narrator did a good job of keeping the readers reminded of the complex code known of BTK.
I considered this a good listen as I am starting to educate myself in criminal behavior and criminology.
Don't listen to this as a "True Crime Only" Fan.
or you won't understand the reason for this narrative.
Its a book full of the monsters words himself.
Deeply looking into the psychiatric mind behind someone so "well cubed" that he successfully hid it from his entire home life and work for 30 years.
Truly living as a caring family man and as a Monster that hurt, killed, torturing so many souls.
He is a definite research enigma.

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  • Lisa Gainers
  • 25-01-22

LOVED IT

So glad I bought this, it absolutely didn't disappoint. I would recommend this book to True Crime junkies.

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  • John Rinaldi
  • 20-01-22

A MUST Read Account!

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Narration 5/5

Wow! Wow! Wow!

This may be my favorite Serial Killer book! There is so much that I never read about, before (and I've read nearly EVERYTHING) And most of the book is in his words.

If you can, GET THE AUDIOBOOK!

Highly recommended if you're interested in what made this monster tick!

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  • diggy
  • 20-01-22

Fantastic Book!!!

everything you ever wanted to know about the inner workings of a serial killer. listening again immediately.

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  • alicia p.
  • 02-12-22

Revolting man

I liked the book and the narrator. It was just hard to listen to this man's reasoning. Even while in prison he speaks of this deeds as if they were a game. Revolting.