Wednesday, October 1, 2008

BTK - and The Redemption Of Charlie Otero # 1

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BTK killer Dennis Rader

Story Taken from ;reader digest

The Redemption Of Charlie Otero

After four members of his family were BRUTALLY MURDERED, he went from honour student to paranoid outlaw. It took 31 years to catch the killer – and for Charlie to heal himself. By Kenneth Miller

Charlie Otero walked home from school under the crisp winter sky, almost giddy about the future. He’d aced his biology exam, and he was beginning to make friends in his new town. Charlie has always been a straight-A student and star athlete, outgoing and popular. But his family had moved from Panama to Wichita, Kansas, a few months earlier. And he’d been feeling off-kicker ever since. Now thing were looking up.

Charlie, 15 , planned to go to Wichita state University after high school; then he would follow his father, a recently retired master sergeant, into the air force. He yearned to distinguish himself as a officer, flying jets and earning medals. “My father expected a lot from me,”Charlie says.”I wanted to show him I could do it.”

On that January day in 1974, he crossed to suburban to his family’s neat white bungalow and saw that the garage door was open and his mother’s car was missing. She was usually home to greet him after school. He walked around back, and the family dog bounded toward him across the snow. No-one ever let lucky – a german shepherd mix with a habit of biting strangers – outside alone. Charlie stepped into the kitchen and noticed a half-made peanut butter sandwich sitting on the table beside an empty lunch box. Then he saw his father’s wallet tossed on to the stove, its contents strewn across the top.

His brother Danny,14 and sister Carmen,13, had returned home just minute before. Suddenly Charlie heard Carmen shout, “Come quick! Mum and Dad are playing a bad joke on us!”

From the doorway of his parents’ bedroom, Charlie saw Joseph Sr., 38, on the carpet by the bed. He had been strangled with a belt, and his handsome features were grotesquely swollen.

Charlie’s mother, Julie,34, lay on the mattress; a length of clothesline was cinched around her neck. Both of them had been bound with this cord at wrists and ankles. “What have you done?” Charlie wailed.

The phone was dead, so Danny ran to a neighbour, who called the police. When the patrol car pulled up, three of the face Otero kids were sobbing on their front lawn. Charlie relayed what he’d seen inside to the police officers, adding that two other siblings – Josephine, 11 , and Joseph Jr.,nine-were still at school. A search of the house turned up the missing children, however. Joey has been asphyxiate with a plastic bag in his bedroom. Josie’s partially clad body was hanging from a pipe in the basement.

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