The BTK Killer’s daughter has revealed that she still sends letters to her father in prison.
Dennis Rader, now 73, confessed to killing 10 people during a killing spree that spanned decades, and was sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences in 2005.
His victims included four members of the same family, and their neighbour just six doors down from their family home.
Rader would bind and torture his victims before killing them (earning the BTK moniker), and evaded police capture for 30 years.
Speaking on 20/20, Kerri Rawson opened up for the first time on TV as she admitted that she struggled to connect the dots between her father and him being a serial killer, and she still receives letter from him to this day.
‘I wasn’t corresponding with BTK. I’m never corresponding with BTK,’ she explained. ‘I’m talking to my father.
‘I’m talking to the man that I lived with and loved for 26 years.’
She added: ‘I still love my dad today. I love the man that I knew. I don’t know a psychopath… That’s not the man I knew and loved.’
Some of the letters have since been published in Kerri’s book, in which he states she’ll ‘always be his baby girl’ during one note in 2005.
He wrote: ‘You will always be my baby girl I raised right-proud-independent and now is a grown adult with many years of love to give.
‘Life before the arrest was a good time and the dark side took me away.’
Shortly after his conviction, Kerri admits that she ‘shut down’ and tried to cut contact with him, and he continued to send letters for two years before she finally responded.
In one letter, again dated in 2005, Rader asked about Kerri’s husband, warning them to ‘be extra careful due to all my crimes’.
He added: ‘I would wish no harm to you but some crazy individual might try something.’
In another, he described his cell and explained: ‘Have a west window, looks past home. Can watch bird at times and the seasons change.
‘Kerri, you were always like that, watched and appreciated nature to its fullest. So many people never slow down to enjoy like so simple, beautiful treasures.’
Kerri then cut contact with him again in 2007, as she still couldn’t contemplate what he had done.
It was only in 2012, after she found it to forgive him, that she got back in touch once again, and now they’re in regular contact.
‘It was a very long journey,’ Rawson admitted. ‘There was a lot of hard work in me, with faith. I had gone back to church. I was working on my relationship with God, working on my own heart.’
‘I realized I was rotting within. I didn’t just forgive my father for him. I had to do it for myself.’
Watch the first part of My Father BTK in the video above.
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