Federal agents went to the home of Dennis Rader’s daughter to take a DNA sample shortly after his arrest Friday, reports the Wichita Eagle. Rader, 59, is scheduled to make his first court appearance today to hear charges against him related to 10 “BTK” killings. The Eagle says the timing of the DNA sample collection contradicts previous media reports saying that Rader’s daughter provided DNA samples before her father’s arrest in connection to BTK, the self-imposed nickname of a man who said he would “bind, torture and kill” his victims.
Wichita police Capt. Randy Landen said reports that Rader’s daughter turned him in were wrong. As the case continues to draw national attention, “inaccurate and irresponsible information has been disseminated around the community,” Police Chief Norman Williams said yesterday. Williams denied that he told broadcasters Rader was “cooperating” with police. Williams denied reports that police had connected Rader to more than 10 killings. Rader is being held in lieu of $10 million bond –“$1 million per victim,” Williams said.