Who is Paula Dietz?
Paula Dietz is an American accountant, but she is best known to the world as the ex-wife of the infamous BTK killer, real name Dennis Rader. The two were married for more than 30 years before he was arrested by police for horrific murders that killed ten people during his spree that lasted from 1974 to 1991.
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Paula Dietz Bio- Age, Youth, Career
Paula Dietz was born on May 5, 1948 in Park City, Kansas, USA; she spent her entire childhood in her hometown, but did not talk about her parents and any siblings.
She has not disclosed her education.
Paula has worked as a bookkeeper all her life, except for a short time when she moved out of Park City when her husband was arrested for murder. Nevertheless, she has since returned to her hometown and lives a simple life away from the media buzz. She has become popular only because of the fame of her ex-husband.
Paula Dietz and Dennis Rader Relationship, marriage, children
Dennis moved to Park City after his service with the US Air Force, where he spent four years between 1966 and 1970, and began working in the meat department of a Leekers IGA supermarket. Paula and Dennis soon met and began a romantic relationship, and they soon decided to get married; the wedding ceremony took place on May 22, 1971. The couple then welcomed two children, a daughter Kerri and a son Brian.
Serial killer Dennis Rader, also known as the BTK (Bind Torture Kill) Killer, never raped his victims because he felt it was wrong to “cheat his wife.”
After some time, Dennis landed a job as a mechanic at an outdoor supply company, then worked for ADT Security Services at their office in Wichita from 1974 to 1988. This allowed him to inspect the neighborhood and visit the homes of his future victims.
Paula had no idea of her husband’s murderous personality and his will to kill, and the whole family had a good name in society. However, once everything was revealed, Paula had no choice but to leave her husband and file for an emergency divorce, and she and her children left Kansas to avoid public scrutiny.
She never visited her ex-husband in prison and did not even attend the court proceedings. However, according to Rader, his wife has occasionally sent him letters since his incarceration.
Paula Dietz Ex-husband, Dennis Rader
Born Dennis Lynn Rader on March 9, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Kansas, USA, he is best known in the world as a serial killer BTK (binding, torturing, killing). He is the son of William Elvin Rader and his wife Dorothea Mae (nee Cook). He has three siblings, Paul Jeff, and Bill. At an early age Dennis started to show his sadistic nature, as he tortured and killed small animals.
He would traverse and spy on women in his neighborhood, disguised in women’s clothing. His sexual fantasies were even worse, but were (mostly) kept hidden and the neighbors considered him friendly and polite. He enrolled at Kansas Wesleyan University but dropped out after a year due to mediocre grades. He would eventually earn a bachelor’s degree in law from Wichita State University in 1979.
Killing Spree, Arrest
As an installer of security alarms, he inspected the neighborhood and visited numerous homes allowing easy access to those homes.
His first murder victims were members of the Otero family; he killed Joseph, his wife Julie, and their two children, Joseph Jr., and Josephine. His killing spree lasted until 1991 and 10 victims were discovered, although he tried to kill several others but without success. He was free until February 2005; the BTK Killer case was considered a cold case, but he began sending letters to the local media, detailing his murderous acts in great detail. He was finally arrested on February 25, 2005 while sitting in his car near his home.
On the spot, the police officer asked him if Dennis knows the reason why he is being taken to the police station and he replied with “Oh, I have suspicions why”. He was working on his eleventh murder at the time of his arrest, following his next victim for months before realizing his plan, luckily foiled by the police before his plan became a reality. Charged with 10 first-degree murders, he first pleaded not guilty but later changed his statement and described all the murders. He made no apologies to the families of the victims.
Dennis was sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences with a minimum of 175 years. He is currently serving his sentence at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in Prospect Township, Kansas.
During his psychological evaluation, the “popular” BTK killer was diagnosed with narcissistic, antisocial, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders.
His daughter, Kerri, published the book “A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming,” in which she has written about her childhood and her inability to cope with the double life her father led.