Dennis Rader “teased, taunted and tormented” Wichita through local news outlets, says the Wichita Eagle. Today, the BTK serial killer’s deeds will be displayed in graphic detail through live coverage on radio, television, and the Internet as prosecutors ask for the harshest sentence the law allows. Rader has relished attention and told NBC’s “Dateline” he felt “like a star.” Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston said of Rader: “The meteor is dropping very fast, and when they do, they crash.”
Foulston, with a reputation as a thorough trial lawyer, wants a complete record of the way Rader “bound, tortured and killed” 10 people from 1974 to 1991 in case of a review by higher courts. Even though Rader has pleaded guilty, he could still appeal his sentence. Foulston seeks consecutive life sentences and the Hard 40 — the most serious punishment available, requiring Rader to serve at least 40 years in prison before facing a parole board. For Rader, 60, it would be as close to a life sentence as he could see.