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NEWS: Person of Interest in BTK Serial Killings in Custody

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posted on Dec, 2 2004 @ 12:14 PM
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Between 1974 and 1986, eight people were brutally murdered in Wichita, KS. Letters claiming responsibility were soon received by newspapers, saying his "code words" would be "...bind them, torture them, kill them." The BTK Killer was born, and he continued the gruesome murders for more than a decade. After nearly twenty years, Wichita police now have a man in custody whom they call a "person of interest" in the case. The 64 year old is currently undergoing DNA tests.
 



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Wichita police were at a house in southeast Wichita into the early morning hours Thursday in a raid that may be connected to the BTK serial killer.

Lead detectives on the BTK investigation were among those seen by reporters leaving the house.

Police officers were also seen wearing gloves and carrying out plastic bags from the home in the 1400 block of Mt. Vernon.

Eyewitness News has learned police were executing a search warrant in connection with the BTK case but police would not comment on activities at the home on Mt. Vernon.

Wichita police booked a 64-year-old man into the Sedgwick County jail Wednesday evening on an old trespassing charge. The Wichita Eagle reports bond was increased to $17,000 after a second warrant charged the man with housing code violations.


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The BTK killer resurfaced this year after almost 30 years of silence. He sent letters to police and newspapers regarding a 1986 unsolved murder, including photos of the victim's body and her driver's license. The letters also included personal details about the killer's life.

He said he had always lived near railroad tracks, that he was born in 1939, and that his father had died in WW II. He also said he had a sister named Tina.

The man taken into custody today was arrested on unrelated charges regarding lack of property upkeep and a tresspassing charge. His name came in as a BTK tip to police.

Police removed items from the man's house, which is located next to railroad tracks. He is undergoing DNA testing, the results of which should be available by Friday.

Officials caution that the man has not been charged in the BTK killings at this time.




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