REBEKAH DEVLIN OUT OF THE BOX
DON’T watch this late at night, particularly if you’re female and live alone. It scared the bejesus out of me. I’ve never really been a fan of horror films. I saw Gremlins when I was too young and for months was too afraid to open cupboards without every light in the house on.
I haven’t seen Wolf Creek, The Ring or any of the million Saw films. But what makes The Hunt for the BTK Killer scary is the fact that it’s a true story.
This psycho really did exist and there are others out there just like him.
Dennis Rader was a husband, father, council worker, and even a leader in his church. He also killed 10 people; strangled them in their own homes.
‘‘ Underneath it all, he was a monster,’’ the voice-over says. He was dubbed the BTK killer — it stood for ‘‘ bind them, torture them, kill them’’. Yep, pretty ghastly stuff. His first murder took place in 1974. It was a young family.
Over the next 17 years he sent taunting letters to police and media outlets, outlining the details of his killings, boasting about each death.
No one around him suspected a thing, not even his wife, who prayed that the
Psycho killer: Dennis Rader.