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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.

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