Sunday, February 27, 2005

Ordinance Enforcement Officer Arrested

Police in Wichita Kansas said Saturday they have arrested an Ordinance Enforcement Officer from nearby Park City that they believe is the BTK serial killer who murdered 10 people between 1974 and 1991.

The Ordinance Enforcement Officer named Dennis Rader has lived in the same Park City neighborhood for thirty years and one of his victims had been a neighbor. Mr. Rader, an Ordinance Enforcement Officer was not well liked among his neighbors and was considered a bureaucratic bully who went out of his way to issue citations.

One neighbor said Rader was once seen measuring grass in a front yard with a tape measure to see if it was too long. Another recalled catching Rader filming his house, documenting possible violations.

Other neighbors reported a positive side of the Ordinance Enforcement Officer saying he would often help elderly people with their yardwork (keeping them within compliance) as well as being active in his church and serving as a Cub Scout leader.

Police say BTK - the killer's self-coined nickname stands for "Bind, Torture, Kill" - they did not say whether any of the Ordinance Compliance Officer's binding, torturing and killing activities violated any Wichita zoning regulations.