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Suspect in Kansas BTK killings arrested

A man suspected of being the BTK killer, responsible for killing 10 people in a 31-year period, was arrested Friday in Kansas.

A man suspected of being the BTK killer, responsible for killing 10 people in a 31-year period, was arrested Friday.

Wichita police identified the suspect as Dennis L. Rader, a 59-year-old city worker and Cub Scout leader.

He's suspected of strangling Joseph Otero, his wife and two children in 1974 and of strangling six women from that date to 1991.

The killer, who called himself BTK – "Bind them, Torture them, Kill them" – would also write to local newspapers demanding attention for his crimes. He went silent in 1979 until he resumed contact with the Wichita Eagle last year.

In his letter to the paper, BTK included photos of a 1986 murder victim's slain body.

In subsequent letters and packages to media and police, BTK sent jewelry, which belonged to some of his victims.

Following thousands of tips, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation discovered one of the later victims lived on Rader's street.

What solved the case in the end, says Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, was DNA evidence.

On Friday, investigators searched Rader's house and seized computer equipment.

Asked why BTK resurfaced after so many years in hiding, Richard LaMunyon, Wichita's former police chief said, "It is possible something in his life has changed. I think he felt the need to get his story out."