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'The Hunt For The BTK Killer' true story of Dennis Rader

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"The Hunt For The BTK Killer" is a true-story movie based on serial killer Dennis Rader. The movie now shows on Lifetime Movie Network but originally aired in 2005 on CBS as a Sunday night movie of the week. Inspired by true events, it is directed by Stephen Kay and based on a tele-play by Tom Towler and Donald Martin. The cast includes Michael Michele, Robert Forster and Maury Chaykin.

The Hunt For The BTK Killer synopsis/plot

Police investigators relentlessly seek to identify a serial killer who has been on a killing rampage for over 30 years. The killer taunts police year after year with letters about the crimes. When a word document is traced back to Dennis Rader, president of the congregation council at a Lutheran church, the congregation and the town is shocked to learn of his double life.

The true story events that inspired the movie involved Kansas serial killer Dennis Rader, a seemingly normal family man who tortured and killed his victims. Rader murdered the women between 1974 and 1991. Rader was arrested and convicted of murder in 2005. He was sentenced to 10 life sentences to be served consecutively.

The movie contains themes of extreme violence: bind-torture-kill.

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