WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect they believe is the notorious BTK serial killer, who terrorized Wichita throughout the 1970s and then resurfaced about a year ago after 25 years of silence.
“The bottom line: BTK is arrested,” Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams said at a news conference in Wichita with some of the victims’ family members
The BTK killer – a self-coined nickname that stands for “Bind, Torture, Kill” – has been linked to eight killings committed between 1974 and 1986.
The BTK killer sent letters to media about the crimes in the 1970s, but stopped for more than two decades before re-establishing contact last March with a letter about an unsolved 1986 killing.
Since then, authorities said the killer has sent at least eight letters to the media or police, including three packages containing jewelry that police believed may have been taken from BTK’s victims. One letter contained the driver’s license of victim Nancy Fox.No doubt there will be books and movies in the coming months that tell the full story of BTK.