Published January 13, 2015
A look at the 10 victims authorities have connected to the BTK serial killer (search) in Wichita, Kan.:
— Joseph Otero, 38, found slain in his home along with three family members on Jan. 15, 1974. He had been strangled. Otero served in the Air Force for more than 20 years, retiring as a master sergeant, and was working as a mechanic and flight instructor.
— Julie Otero, 34, wife of Joseph Otero, was struck, gagged and bound before being killed. She had worked at the Coleman Co., a manufacturer of camping equipment — where Dennis Rader (search), the suspect in her killing, also worked in the early 1970s. She had extensive training in judo and had insisted that her children be trained in it as well.
— Josephine Otero, 11, their daughter, was strangled. Police said her partially clothed body was found hanging by the neck from a rope tied to a sewer pipe in the basement.
— Joseph Otero II, 9, their son, was also strangled. He was found tied up with three hoods over his head. Three other children were at school at the time of the killings.
— Kathryn Bright, 21, was found stabbed in her home on April 14, 1974. She was bound with cord, partially dressed and had been stabbed several times and choked. Her brother, Kevin, was shot by the attacker but survived. Bright also worked at the Coleman plant.
— Shirley Vian, 24, found strangled in her home on March 17, 1977. She was partially dressed on her bed with a plastic bag over her head, and cord was wrapped around her neck, hands and feet. Vian had three children who were in the house at the time of the killing but were unharmed. BTK later wrote that a telephone call interrupted his plans to kill them. Vian's 5-year-old son let the killer into the home.
— Nancy Fox, 25, strangled with nylon stockings in her home on Dec. 8, 1977. Her telephone cord was cut and she was partially clothed. Her killer called police from a pay phone, giving her name and address. A neighbor described Fox as a loner who seldom entertained friends. She was a secretary at a construction company and worked part-time at a jewelry store.
— Marine Hedge, 53, found along a dirt road eight days after she was abducted from her Park City home on April 27, 1985, when she had spent the evening eating dinner and playing bingo with her boyfriend. She had been strangled, and a knotted pair of pantyhose was found nearby. She lived on the same street as Rader.
— Vicki Wegerle, 28, whose husband found her strangled in her bed on Sept. 16, 1986. Her 2-year-old son was home but was not harmed.
— Dolores Davis, 62, abducted from her home near Park City on Jan. 19, 1991, and found 13 days later under a bridge. She had been strangled, and her hands, feet and knees were bound with pantyhose.