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Convicted serial killer Dennis Rader writes to Jeff Herndon

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Dennis Rader writes to Jeff Herndon. The man known as BTK: Bind, Torture, Kill.

Dennis Rader was captured in 2004 in Kansas. He was sentenced to life in prison for killing 10 people.

Days after his arrest, Rader started sending cryptic letters to FOX 32 News' Jeff Herndon's home in Wichita.

The reason why is because he watched Jeff on TV. Jeff responded, and that's when the letters kept coming.

Before even reading a word, Jeff knew he was dealing with a madman.

Most of Rader's rambling paragraphs detail his daily routine in jail.

"head count, lock-down, control and never knowing what to expect, except control," wrote Rader.

Rader's seemingly obsessive rants catalogued his daily schedule almost down to the hour. Dr. Morrison said that it's what Rader needed, and what every serial killer needs.

"He's trying to create the structure that he doesn't have psychologically. That's what this is. Someone would mislabel this obsessive compulsive behavior because of anxiety. But they don't have that," said Morrison.

This could explain why he included a bizarre poem in almost every letter.

"Oh, to walk among the new season! To hear a robin's voice, to see a dandelion ..bright, to smell a simple flower bud, oh spring, these are the many reasons! By - Dennis L. Rader," wrote BTK.

The man who murdered children also boasted about his growing fan base.

"my room is full of cards, photos from friends/family and stack of correspondence from coast to coast," wrote Rader.

"They want fame by association…it's about being somebody," said Morrison.

Rader then got personal with Jeff, almost creepy. First, he shamed Jeff for reporting details about his wife.

"but, now the world know where paula work! Shame on you guy!"

But in the very next line, a strange flip-flop. He showed sympathy for Jeff's mother's passing.

"sorry to hear about your real mother. Lost at your age must have really hurt."

BTK kept writing, mostly about himself and sometimes about Jeff.

"I'm assuming you are like the rest of the world normal beyond t.v. World. House work, bills, and busy, busy. What do you do in extra time? Sport, yard work, read, computer - etc., family man."

He also was a quite the TV critic, suggesting his own theme music.

"you should have played "jaws movie" as you pan the camera inward or "psycho", ha! Ha!"

"It's very striking that this is extremely characteristic of every serial killer, Dennis Rader being no exception," said Morrison.

At times, the serial killer asked Jeff for favors, even pitching a story about his day job, a story he used to hide his homicidal nature.

"I was leaning toward something human - maybe on the subject of animal control - compliance officer,.. Tell another side of Dennis Rader that the public may not know," wrote Rader.

"It's him that's the focus. There is no shame. There is no indication that he feels sorry for what has happened," said Morrison.

And almost every letter signed off with a serial killer's belief in a higher authority.

"take care & god bless!

Dennis b.k.a "the suspect"

So, the question is what is going on with BTK now-a-days almost a decade into his life sentence.

"Oh, he is doing well. (No remorse?) Absolutely not. He will write these letters till the day he dies. He will have people in his life that he treats as if they were a piece of furniture till the day he dies," said Morrison.

The letters go on and on, but through it all, BTK never mentioned anything to Jeff about the murders.

READ LETTERS IN FULL: Dennis Rader writes to Jeff Herndon

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