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Jan. 15, 1974 - The Oteros

btk mark secret signature“WICHITA, Kansas _ It was shortly after 8 a.m. on Jan. 15, 1974, that a man calling himself “BTK” nonchalantly entered a modest rambler at the edge ofBTK adt dennis rader downtown. It was the home of Joseph and Julie Otero and their four children.

Two of the youngsters already had left for school, the other two were preparing lunches. Within two hours everyone in the house was dead. At the end of that cold Midwest day, the two surviving children would return home…(12/14/87, The Seattle Times).” One of those surviving is Charlie Otero.

Victim being removed  home  Joseph Otero

Otero Crime Scene Drawings

Drawing of position Joseph
Drawing of position Josephine
House basement location of Josephine
Knots used by BTK

Sorry Charlie The Documentary
Director Marc Levitz, UNSUB Films

The trailer for this has been released. “This film presents the more human side of the story that began back in 1974 when the Otero’s were murdered. The"…voyage will be illustrated through his eyes”, ChaCharlie Otero sorry btk documentaryrlie Otero’s eyes. Charlie, son of the Otero’s, was interviewed extensively and cooperated on the production….This is a welcome, artistic and sensitive telling of those most intimately involved offsetting the campy, superficial media frenzy and lack of richer documentary accounts (”

Charlie Otero  

7/19/04 Life After BTK
7/20/04 Interview Transcript
8/8/04 Memory of BTK plagues Otero
11/04 Victim's son believes father knew BTK, family targeted
2/3/05 Interview

BTK Victims

Joseph Otero, 38, found strangled in his home on Jan. 15, 1974. Police said he had been bound, but not gagged, while three other family members were killed.

Julie Otero, 34, found strangled in her home on Jan. 15, 1974. The wife of Joseph, Julie Otero was struck, gagged and bound before being killed.

Josephine Otero, 11, found strangled in her home on Jan. 15, 1974. Police said her lifeless, partially clothed body was found hung by the neck from a rope tied to a sewer pipe in the basement.

Joseph Otero II, 9, found strangled in his home on Jan. 15, 1974. He was found bound with three hoods over his head.

Kathryn Bright, 21, found strangled in her home on April 4, 1974. She had been bound with cord and strangled, and her partially dressed body had been stabbed several times.

Shirley Vian, 24, found strangled in her home on March 18, 1977. She was found partially dressed on her bed with a plastic bag over her head, and cord wrapped around her neck, hands and feet.

Nancy Fox, 25, found strangled in her home on Dec. 9, 1977. Her telephone cord was cut, and her partially dressed body was found was strangled with nylon stockings.

Marine Hedge, 53, abducted from her home on April 27, 1985. She played bingo the night before until 1 a.m. with a male friend. By 7 a.m., the phone line to her home was cut and she was abducted - found along a dirt road eight days later. She had been strangled, a knotted pair of pantyhose was found nearby. She had lived alone since the death of her husband in 1984.

Vicki Wegerle, 28, found strangled in her home on Sept. 16, 1986. Her husband found her body in their bed. She had not been sexually abused.

Delores Davis, 62, was abducted from her home on Jan. 19, 1991, and found 13 days later under a bridge on an unpaved road in northern Sedgwick County. She had been strangled, her hands, feet and knees were bound with pantyhose.

BTK Victims, Survivors and Evidence Gallery


BTK Archive
BTK History
Victims' children return home; clues sought
BTK survivor recounts mother's slaying
Police 'pleased' by ongoing dialogue with BTK
Four in Wichita family found slain at home
Police baffled on motive in mass killing
City's 'BTK Strangler' claims he's killed 7

Links to other BTK pages
B.T.K. Suspect is Charged with 10 Murder Counts
Who is Dennis L. Rader?
BTK Eludes Capture and Taunts Police for 31 years
Jan. 15, 1974 - The Oteros
BTK Stands for Bind, Torture, and Kill
“An Inch Thick Document for a Couple Of $25 Dog Fines!!”
BTK Breaks his Silence: Communications 2004 - 2005

See the BTK Suspect's handwriting sample

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