His latest prison mug shot, taken in early 2013, shows a man who looks noticeably older, with a deeply creased forehead and disheveled hair on both sides of the bald top of his head. Hundreds of hip-shaking and wig-wearing Elvis Presley and Priscilla lookalikes, and fans of the late King of Rock and Roll, take a train from Sydney, bound for Australia's annual Elvis festival in the town of Parkes.She and her family were hounded by the media after her father’s arrest. Landwehr “and Kelly Otis (a police detective on the BTK task force) were very kind to me and my family,” Rawson said.They hid, and talked through doors, asking people to go away. “They helped us get through it, talked to us with a lot of kindness. He was pretty Boy Scouty – no swearing.” In her home in Park City as a child, she said, their father disciplined her and her brother for mistakes – for not picking up their shoes, or for swearing, or for sitting in his favorite chair at the kitchen table. “One of the worst parts: wondering, did he really love us? ” ‘I’m glad they caught him’ In 2012, she said, she stood up in her church (“I am a non-denominational evangelical Christian,” she said). That brought a measure of relief, though she told the women she’d never forgive her father. He’s just a man, who choose to do some of the most horrible things a person can do. A man who took 10 precious lives & tried to destroy countless others. My family has tried hard to fight the good fight, to stand on our faith & live out a peaceful life.I am sure they kept a lot of media crap away from us afterward. “But,” she said, “he never abused us in any way.” “He’s just this guy. I was extremely hurt by him I loved him, after all. But some time after that, at Christmas time, on the way home from a movie, she decided to forgive her father – to bring some peace to herself, though not necessarily for him. “My faith is my rock under me.” She wrote a six-page letter to her dad, explaining that her forgiveness comes with caveats: That she will never understand what he did, or why. “No matter what the books or the stories have said, he’s not a monster,” she said. “I cannot imagine being one of the victim families and to endure what they must have gone through.” Letter from Dennis Rader’s daughter On Thursday, Kerri Rawson sent a letter titled: “A letter to Stephen King, the media from Dennis Rader’s daughter.” She included her phone number and e-mail. We are not news, we are not a story to be exploited & profited on, to be twisted & retold to your liking whenever you want. So let us live that life & please, leave us out of it. And there was a lot of that.” She’s grateful to Landwehr for two other reasons. “He’s just a guy who did the worst thing possible, 10 times in 17 years. The letter from her reads as follows: To The Eagle, The Wichita TV Media & Mr. He and his task force removed a serial killer from freedom. And they publicly defended the rest of the family, saying in interviews that they were sure the other Raders, including her mother, Paula, did not know what Dennis was doing in the 31 years that he stalked women, killed 10 people and remained free.
Dennis Rader knows he has grandchildren, she said, but she has never sent him pictures. Landwehr was the Wichita police homicide unit commander who devised the strategy to capture her father after the serial killer resurfaced with taunting messages sent to police and the media in 2004.US Coast Guard video shows more helicopter rescues from the southern California mudslides. A man, a girl and a dog were plucked from the roof of their home on Tuesday. But on King’s website he wrote this about the inspiration for his short story, “A Good Marriage”: “This story came to my mind after reading an article about Dennis Rader, the infamous BTK (bind, torture, and kill) murderer who took the lives of ten people – mostly women, but two of his victims were children – over a period of roughly sixteen years. “You just decide this is what life gave you,” Rawson said. “In many cases, he mailed pieces of his victims’ identification to the police. “He was confessing.” The media hounded her mother, her grandmother, the rest of her family in Wichita. “And you decide to go on.” Her mother, who still lives in the Wichita area, is one of her heroes.
In the nine years since her father’s capture in February 2005, a statement she and her mother Paula have heard repeatedly was that Paula knew all along. “She wouldn’t have raised us with him.” Otis said she’s right.