A Michigan man who bought a used copy of the book co-written by BTK serial killer Dennis Rader says he discovered one of Rader’s drawings tucked inside. It features what appears to be a bondage rack and ropes.
Now the man has a question: Why was a serial killer known for binding and torturing his victims allowed to draw a picture of what may be a torture device and send it out to the public?
The Kansas Department of Corrections says it monitors mail being sent and received by an inmate. It would not comment specifically on the drawing or whether and when it might have been sent from Rader’s prison cell at El Dorado Correctional Facility.
But department spokesman Samir Arif said that “inmates are allowed to send and receive mail as long as it’s not security or sexually related.”
Rader is fond of sketching and coloring and typically puts his hand-drawn seal on outgoing correspondence. The drawing the Michigan man found has Rader’s seal on one side and what appears to be a modified wooden St. Andrew’s Cross, a restraining device sometimes used in sexual situations, on the other side.
It’s unclear when the 4 1/4 -by-5 1/2 -inch crayon-and-ink drawing was made. But it has Rader’s name, initials and a date — 7/2016 — on the side with the bondage rack and ropes. The other side has the date July 16, 2017, written on it.