Skip to main content

BTK victim's son: Rader 'the lowest form of human filth'

Jeff Davis, the son of Dennis Rader's last known victim, reacts to his courtroom confessions.


Larry King Live: Sentencing gets underway for the man known as the notorious BTK killer. Now his only known survivor speaks. Tune in at 9 p.m. ET.



Crime, Law and Justice

(CNN) -- As he listened to the chilling courtroom confessions of admitted BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, the son of his last known victim felt rage and disgust.

"It struck me as if he was giving us a lecture in serial murder 101, because he's not human and has no soul or conscience," Jeff Davis told CNN Tuesday. "He's up there kind of cavalierly describing how he had his 'hit kit' with him and how his 'projects' were proceeding."

"There's the lowest form of human filth that ever crawled out of the gene pool masquerading as a human being," Davis said from Memphis, Tennessee.

His mother, Delores Davis, was abducted and killed January 19, 1991.

Rader, 60, pleaded guilty in a Wichita, Kansas, courtroom Monday to 10 killings and dispassionately described how he carried them out during the 1970s to 1990s. (Full story)

"BTK" was the killer's self-named reference to his preference to "bind, torture and kill" his victims in the string of murders ranging from 1974 to 1991.

It was supposed to be the first day of Rader's jury trial, but he waived his right, saying a drawn-out trial would only result in his guilt in the end.

Rader calmly recounted details of the killing of each victim, referring to them as "projects" or "potential hits." He said the killings were done to satisfy his sexual fantasies.

Davis called Rader a "classic, textbook sociopath" who had "no conscience, just a black hole inside the shell of a human being."

"These were people's lives. These were people's loved ones who he targeted, tortured, dehumanized and did everything he could in their last minutes of life to make them experience absolute total terror while he played God. And he's just in there in the courtroom describing it like -- as if you and I would be reading it out of a recipe book," Davis said.

He said that he wasn't surprised that Rader offered no apology for his actions, because the confessed killer only has "a reptilian, kind of rudimentary concern for his own family and his own pathetic ego."

Under Kansas law Rader can be sentenced to life in prison for each charge.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston said Monday she will ask for the maximum sentence possible -- and for each of those sentences to be served consecutively.

"He should serve 175 years to life," said Foulston, adding that she plans to present evidence on every killing at Rader's sentencing hearing August 17.

Rader cannot face the death penalty because Kansas did not reinstate capital punishment until 1994, three years after his last murder.

Foulston said she was struck by Rader's lack of remorse, particularly his use of the phrase "putting them down," in referring to his victims, as one would animals.

"He obviously has no compassion. He's self-centered. He's a sexual psychopath," she told CNN Monday.

Rader's attorney, Steve Osburn, said all defenses were considered, including insanity, but after experts were called in, it was apparent Rader had "no viable insanity defense."

Between his last killing in 1991 and his arrest on February 25, Rader sent a string of cryptic messages to the Wichita news media, disclosing details only the killer would know.

Authorities had said they were certain Rader was the man who terrorized the region with the slayings, and who taunted authorities and the media with letters and packages he sent them over several years, some with before-and-after photos of the victims.

Before his arrest, Rader worked for the Wichita suburb of Park City as a compliance supervisor in charge of animal control, nuisances, inoperable vehicles and general code compliance.

He was also president of his Lutheran church council.

Story Tools
Subscribe to Time for $1.99 cover
Top Stories
Get up-to-the minute news from CNN gives you the latest stories and video from the around the world, with in-depth coverage of U.S. news, politics, entertainment, health, crime, tech and more.
Top Stories
Get up-to-the minute news from CNN gives you the latest stories and video from the around the world, with in-depth coverage of U.S. news, politics, entertainment, health, crime, tech and more.

© 2007 Cable News Network.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us. Site Map.
Offsite Icon External sites open in new window; not endorsed by
Pipeline Icon Pay service with live and archived video. Learn more
Radio News Icon Download audio news  |  RSS Feed Add RSS headlines