Tuesday, March 01, 2005


By Stockton

Cub Scout leaders throughout the country beathed a sigh of relief when they heard the news about the BTK serial killer, Dennis Rader.

Rader, 59, a churchgoing family man and Cub Scout leader, was arrested Friday. He remains held in lieu of $10 million bail in connection with 10 deaths, committed between 1974 and 1991.

The BTK killer re-emerged in March 2004, taunting police with letters and packages sent to media outlets. Authorities have declined to say what led them to zero in on Rader, a married father of two and an active member of a Lutheran church.

Police had long linked BTK — the nickname comes from killer's own writings to authorities and stands for "Bind, Torture, Kill" — to eight murders, but they added two more on Saturday after Rader's arrest and said their investigation was continuing. A source close to the investigation said he had confessed to six killings.

"We're just so glad he's a churchgoing man," said Scout leader John Richards. "It would have been embarrassing if he turned out to be an atheist or something strange, like a pagan. Oh yeah, and he wasn't gay. It's important that people know that our scout leaders are not gay. Rader may burn in hell, but not for being gay!"

Scout Leader Rader: "At least he's not gay."

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