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THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR - WWW.INDYSTAR.COM Nation Serial Kansas man By Roxana Hegeman Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. For nearly an hour, the balding figure in a tie and jacket matter-of-factly matter-of-factly matter-of-factly matter-of-factly matter-of-factly told a tale of horror that shocked the community he had terrorized for three decades. He chillingly recounted trolling trolling Wichita neighborhoods stalking stalking his prey. He told how he hanged an 11-year-old 11-year-old 11-year-old 11-year-old 11-year-old girl from a sewer pipe after killing her parents parents and brother. He described strangling a 62-year-old 62-year-old 62-year-old 62-year-old 62-year-old woman with pantyhose and dumping her body under a bridge. Dennis Rader provided the grisly account Monday as he confessed confessed to being the BTK serial killer and pleaded guilty to 10 murders, saying he shot, stabbed or strangled his victims to satisfy his sexual fantasies. Rader, a 60-year-old 60-year-old 60-year-old 60-year-old 60-year-old former code inspector and church president president with a wife and two children, children, almost certainly will go to prison for the rest of his life when he is sentenced in August. In pleading guilty, an unfailingly unfailingly courteous and emotionless Rader helpfully corrected the judge on some matters, clarified others and at one point launched into an almost scholarly discourse discourse on serial killing. "If you've read much about serial serial killers, they go through what they call different phases. In the trolling stage, basically, you're looking for a victim at that time," he said. "You can be trolling for months or years, but once you lock in on a certain person, you become a stalker." Rader also described how he used a "hit kit" consisting of guns, rope, handcuffs and tape in a briefcase or a bowling bag. He talked of his first four victims almost almost as animals, saying he decided decided to "put them down." The man who called himself BTK for his preferred method, killer known as BTK Knight UddenWbune Pool photo Chilling accounts: Dennis Rader, 60, appeared detached and scholarly as he described how he committed committed 10 murders as the BTK killer. The former code inspector, Boy Scout leader and church president president with a wife of 34 years and two children almost certainly will be sentenced to life in prison. "Bind, Torture, Kill" cannot get the death penalty because the killings occurred before Kansas adopted capital punishment. But each count carries a sentence of up to life in prison. The guilty pleas came on the day his trial was supposed to start. Sentencing Sentencing is Aug. 17. For the families of Rader's victims, victims, the confession answered questions that had haunted them for decades. The BTK killer taunted media and police with cryptic messages during a cat-and-mouse cat-and-mouse cat-and-mouse cat-and-mouse cat-and-mouse game that began after the first killing, in 1974. BTK resurfaced in 2004 after years of silence with a letter to The Wichita Eagle that included included photos of a 1986 strangling strangling victim and a photocopy of her missing driver's license. That letter was followed by several other cryptic messages and packages. The break in the "She got sick and threw up. I got her a glass of water, comforted her a little bit and then I went ahead and tied her up and put a bag over her head and strangled her." BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, describing the murder of Shirley Vian in 1977 pleads gives details case came earlier this year after a computer diskette the killer had sent was traced to Rader's Lutheran Lutheran church, where he once served as president. He did not reach a plea bargain with prosecutors. Rader said he pleaded guilty because a trial would be "just a long process. So it's just a mathematical problem. It's guilty." Rader spent almost his entire life in the Wichita area, where he earned a criminal justice degree. He has been married for 34 years and worked in suburban Park City as a code inspector, handling stray dogs and looking for violations violations such as overgrown grass. He showed a similar attention to detail as a serial killer. He said he let some women smoke to put them at ease before he killed them. He told of locking one victim's children in a bath room with toys and blankets to Pi . . : S A i ' i v1 ,J". " ' i guilty of 10 slayings make them comfortable. He said he was careful to make one man as comfortable as possible while tying him up, putting a pillow under under his head and a coat under his body, because the man had cracked a rib in a car accident. Steve Relford, the oldest son of victim Shirley Vian, was 5 when he and his siblings were locked in a bathroom as Rader killed their mother in 1977. Relford leaned forward and listened intently as Rader described the attack. "I proceeded to tie the kids up, and they started crying and got real upset, so I said, 'Oh, this is not going to work.' So we moved them to the bathroom. She helped me," he said. "And then I proceeded to tie her up. She got sick and threw up. I got her a glass of water, comforted comforted her a little bit and then I went ahead and tied her up and put a bag over her head and strangled strangled her."