Monday, June 27, 2005

BTK Killer Was Just a Normal Guy

This is why you shouldn't trust somebody just because they seem normal. He wasn't walking around talking to himself and hallucinating or in some mental health ward, pumped full of haloperidol. The media always makes it look like the "crazy" people are the dangerous ones. Personally, it's the "normal" people who frighten me.

"Christ Lutheran Church pastor Michael Clark said Rader, also a former Boy Scout leader, had been involved in church leadership for 30 years and was elected church council president just before his arrest.

Rader was arrested in what authorities said was a routine traffic stop. He worked for the Wichita suburb of Park City as a compliance supervisor in charge of animal control, nuisances, inoperable vehicles and general code compliance."


At 12:47 AM, Blogger 21st Century Mom said...

It's hard to imagine that this guy was so compartmentalized that there wasn't one single creepy thing about him. I have to think there was or I just get too upset thinking about how a "perfectly normal" person could really be a sociopathic serial killer.

At 7:32 AM, Blogger Murky Thoughts said...

Our culture is inherently creepy and fake. That said, have a nice day!

At 7:55 AM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

Yeah. My mom used to trust the baker at the local Catholic church. He was charismatic and funny and seemingly kind since he adopted a child who was orphaned. My brother and this child were friends for several years so we got to know the baker fairly well--I thought he was the coolest. Yadda, yadda, yadda--child molester. To this day, I can't think of one thing that would have sent up red flags--not one.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger James said...

Your post made me think quite a bit about "normal" and from there trying to remember a book (true story, which is what makes is to horrifying)I read a few years ago about a man who deceived his family into thinking that first he was a qualified doctor, second that he was working for the WHO, third that he was an investor who really was taking their money and investing it in something other than sustaining his own lifestyle for as long as he could, and who lastly had everything catch up with him, resulting in his killing his family, to include a wife he went to extraordinary lengths to convince to marry him. Here's a review of the book, with links to other reviews: The Adversary

The book was loosely made into a movie called Time Out, though the focus of the movie was more of an existential look at the modern man and his place in a society where he's easily disposed of and how he reacts to this --- very different ideas. The BTK killer is bad enough, but if anything he reflects the banality of evil that has always been with his. I have always maintained that we NEVER know anyone, not truly know them. To some degree we do, but it's never smart to kid ourselves how much we actually know anyone. With some people we take the risk of suspending suspicion and we simply trust, but as in The Adversary sometimes we lose that bet.

At 5:19 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

Wow, thanks James for the suggestion. Trust is a bet, a very risky one.

It reminds me of what Ann Rule said in her book "The Stranger Beside Me" about Ted Bundy (they met working at a rape crisis hotline center):

"He certainly seemed to have made the most of his considerable assets.
He was brilliant ... He was handsome ... And Ted was physically strong ...
He was slender, but he was whipcord tough.

"I never saw any anger at all. I cannot remember everything that Ted
and I talked about, try as I might, but I do know we never argued.
Ted's treatment of me was the kind of old-world gallantry that he
invariably showed toward any woman I ever saw him with, and
I found it appealing."


At 10:34 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

This really scares me....I could, in fact, get compulsive over it.

At 10:59 AM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

I'm sorry Jessica. I think this just gives you proof that you should go with your gut and never let anyone tell you that you are an overprotective mother.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

You are absolutely right.


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