Who is Paula Dietz?
Paula Dietz is an American accountant, but she is best known worldwide 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 grisly murders, which killed ten people during his rampage that lasted from 1974 to 1991.
Paula Dietz Bio- Age, Childhood, Career
Paula Dietz was born on May 5, 1948 in Park City, Kansas, USA; she spent her entire childhood in her hometown, but has not spoken about her parents and any siblings.
Also, she has not disclosed her education.
Paula has worked as a bookkeeper all her life except for a brief 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 buzz of the media. She has become popular only because of her ex-husband’s fame.
Paula Dietz and Dennis Rader Relationship, Marriage, Children
Dennis moved to Park City after the end of his service in the United States Air Force, where he spent four years between 1966 and 1970, and began working in the meat section of a Leekers IGA supermarket. Paula and Dennis soon met and began a romantic relationship, soon deciding to get married; the wedding ceremony took place on May 22, 1971. The couple went on to welcome 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 on his wife.”
After some time, Dennis got a job as a mechanic at an outdoor equipment company, then worked for ADT Security Services at their Wichita office 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 killing spree, and the entire family had a good reputation in society. However, once all was revealed, Paula had no choice but to leave her husband, seeking an emergency divorce, and she and her children left Kansas to avoid public scrutiny.
She has never visited her ex-husband in prison and was not even present at the trial. 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 worldwide as a serial killer BTK (bind, torture, kill). He is the son of William Elvin Rader and his wife Dorothea Mae (née Cook). He has three siblings, Paul Jeff and Bill. From an early age, Dennis started showing his sadistic nature as he would torture and kill small animals.
He would dress up and spy on women in his neighborhood disguised in women’s clothes. His sexual fantasies were even worse, but (usually) kept hidden, and the neighbors found 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 administration of justice from Wichita State University in 1979.
Killing Spree, Arrest
He inspected the neighborhood as a security alarm installer 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, though he tried to kill several others, but without success. He was out until February 2005; the BTK Killer case was considered a cold case, but he began sending letters to the local media describing his murderous deeds in great detail. He was finally arrested on February 25, 2005 while sitting in his car near his home.
At the scene, 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, tracking his next victim for months before realizing his plan, which was fortunately foiled by the police before his plan materialized. Charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder, he first pleaded not guilty, but later changed his statement and described all the murders. He offered no apology to the families of the victims.
Dennis was sentenced to 10 consecutive life terms with a minimum of 175 years. He is currently serving his sentence at 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 wrote about her childhood and her inability to cope with the double life her father had led.