Unveiled BTK Killer Artwork May Reveal Hidden Victims, Sparks New Investigation


A possible identification has emerged for one of the women depicted in the haunting artwork of the infamous BTK serial killer, Dennis Rader. Osage County sheriff Eddie Virden has remained tight-lipped on the specifics, not disclosing further particulars about the unidentified woman, dressed in green and bound in a barn in one of Rader’s sketches.

Virden and his team are painstakingly scrutinizing “very, very good tips,” from the public relating to potential additional victims, following the public revealing of Rader’s detailed colored drawings of barns. The sketches feature female victims and were initially obtained by law enforcement after his arrest in 2005.

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In collaboration with experts, Sheriff Virden’s team suspects that rare color sketches among Rader’s collection may depict untold crimes in Oklahoma and even extend to Kansas and Missouri.

Convicted serial killer Rader is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences in a state prison, following his guilty plea to 10 murders that occurred in Wichita, Kansas, from the 1970s to the 1990s. Rader suggested before his capture that he should be called “BTK,” short for “bind, torture, kill.”

Brushing past claims of innocence recently made by Rader in prison interviews, investigators hope that the publicized drawings may lead to undisclosed truths. The unique characteristics of the barns, along with potential previously overlooked items of significance, could all harbor crucial clues.

Recent communication interception has hinted that Rader may have concealed possessions in old barns, adding another layer to the active investigation. Rader’s daughter, Kerri Rawson, has aligned herself with investigators, using personal memories to identify locations and confronting her father for the first time in 18 years, visiting him in prison twice in recent months.

Earlier this year, an investigation was initiated by the sheriff’s office into a series of unsolved crimes potentially connected to Rader’s drawings. Among the potential victims is Cynthia Dawn Kinney, a 16-year-old girl who disappeared in Oklahoma in 1976, and whose remains investigators believe Rader may have buried in a barn near the Kansas-Oklahoma border.

Rader, notorious for masterfully crafted misdirection and ambiguous clues, remains a formidable challenge for law enforcement. His chilling sketches, imbued with telling details of barn construction and the tragic depiction of bound victims, hold chilling implications.

Rawson revealed to CNN that Rader honed his sketching skills in a college drafting class and held a distinct fascination for barns and silos. Disturbingly, many of the barns that Rader expressed affection for during family outings, later proved to be the locations of his heinous crimes.

A significant discovery last month by Virden’s team was a concealed compartment or “hidey hole” on the lot that once housed Rader’s family home. The buried stash, which held bondage paraphernalia, provided a stark reminder that Rader’s murderous past is still being excavated.

Osage County investigators now pin their hopes on the intervention of state and federal agencies to help process potential DNA evidence that could link the serial killer to unsolved crimes or exonerate him as a suspect.

Currently, the 78-year-old Rader is incarcerated at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas, as investigators continue to unravel the intricate and convoluted legacy he has left in his wake.