The BTK Killer and Other Serial Murderers: An Interview with Psychologist and Author Dr. Katherine Ramsland



Dr. Katherine Ramsland, director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program at DeSales University, also teaches the forensic psychology track. She has published over 1,000 articles, stories, and reviews, and 59 books, including The Mind of a Murderer, The Forensic Science of CSI, Inside the Minds of Serial KillersThe Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation, The Ivy League Killer, and The Murder Game.

Her book Psychopath was a #1 bestseller on the Wall Street Journal’s list. With former FBI profiler Gregg McCrary, she co-authored a book on his cases, The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators Among Us; with Dr. Henry C. Lee, The Real Life of a Forensic Scientist; and with Professor James E. Starrs, A Voice for the Dead. She presents workshops to law enforcement, psychologists, coroners, judges, and attorneys, and has consulted for several television series, including CSI and Bones.

She also writes a regular blog for Psychology Today called “Shadow-boxing” and consults for numerous crime documentary production companies.

Her most recent book (August 2016) is with serial killer Dennis Rader, called Confessions of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer. She will also publish The Ripper Letter, a supernatural thriller based on Jack the Ripper lore, and a textbook, Forensic Investigation: Methods from Experts (2017).

She talks to us about the experience of working with Rader, the conditions under which she took on the project, about the psychology of serial killers, and more.




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2 thoughts on “The BTK Killer and Other Serial Murderers: An Interview with Psychologist and Author Dr. Katherine Ramsland

  1. How interesting. I haven’t listened to this but will do so. I met Dennis Rader about one year before his arrest, but that is an interesting event. On a monthly basis, I attended local law enforcement intelligence meetings where each agency’s representative(s) would give a verbal summary of some criminal activity that could be going on in multiple jurisdictions and/or MO’s of crimes that likely shows patterns. Those attending were area detectives, FBI, DEA, IRS and state investigators from various agencies. Well, the meeting location rotated with every month’s meetings and they were generally held at fairly large meeting rooms. In this instance, the meeting was at the courtroom in Park City, KS. Dennis Rader was the animal control officer for that town and he held the door open for all of us ‘Investigators’ who attended that meeting. He was not allowed in the meeting, since he wasn’t an investigator. But, he chose to be there at the main door and in his own blatant and arrogant way held the door for the investigators who had arrived and greeted them. He had not caught and was confident that he would never be caught.

    I actually developed a good suspect for the BTK crimes. He was a former law enforcement officer that I had worked with while I was with Ark City PD. He fit all of the attributes of the profiled description of BTK and lived in Wichita near the Wichita State University campus. But, I had to give up on my suspect because he had an alibi for one of the latest murders – he was already in prison at that time.

    Dennis Rader’s parents lived a few blocks from my parent’s home.

    Small world.

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