Most of us, at some point in our childhood, were told that who we were wasn’t going to fit into the world. I’ve met very few people whose parents 100% accepted everything about them and told them that the world needed a unique individual like themselves. We’ve all been told that we needed to keep our mouths shut at the right times, wear the right clothes, get the right education and the right job, buy the right things, and have the right kinds of relationships. What we don’t realize is that the unacceptable behaviours, thoughts, desires don’t just go away because they’re unacceptable – instead, they spread like cancer, like a shadow on an x-ray, because we refuse to shine a light on our true selves and acknowledge what’s there because we’re afraid who we are is inherently unacceptable to society. This kind of repression is textbook when it comes to serial killers like Dennis Rader, aka BTK. On the surface, he did all the right things and was seen as an upstanding citizen in Wichita, KS. Behind his respectable exterior, he was obsessed with self-bondage and erotic violence, and his obsession eventually led him to ritually murder 10 people in the Wichita area. Today I’m sharing 12 images found at Rader’s home after his capture in 2005, showing him in various states of self-bondage, auto-erotic asphyxiation, and in some wearing the clothing of his victims.
[Dennis Rader] was married with two grown children; a leader in his church, Christ Lutheran Church; a former Boy Scout leader; an Air Force veteran; and a 1979 Wichita State University graduate.
At his church, he passed out church bulletins and welcomed new members. He was so well thought of, he became president of the church congregation.