Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

Serial killer returns to Kansas...creepy story

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by jakeslim, Mar 27, 2004.

  1. jakeslim

    jakeslim 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2002
    Posts:
    2,686
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Napa, CA
    WICHITA, Kan. - More than two decades have passed since a serial killer terrorized Wichita, strangling or stabbing seven victims and bragging about it to the media.

    Police hadn't heard a peep from the killer in 25 years — until now.

    On March 19, a letter arrived at The Wichita Eagle with information on an unsolved 1986 killing, a copy of the victim's driver's license and photos of her slain body.

    The letter, apparently from the killer known as the BTK Strangler, sparked increased demand around Wichita for home security systems.

    But it also rekindled hope that modern forensic science can find some clue that finally will lead police to a killer most thought was dead or safely locked in prison for some other crime.

    "I don't know why he does all of this, but I hope this will be his fatal mistake by resurfacing this way," Dale Fox, whose daughter Nancy was bound and strangled in December 1977, told The Associated Press.

    The letter sent to the Eagle was the first clue that the 1986 killing of Vicki Wegerle might have been at the hands of BTK, an acronym the killer used for "bind, torture and kill."

    Six of BTK's victims were strangled; one was stabbed to death. Four were members of one family — two children and their parents. Letters claiming responsibility for the slayings were sent to The Wichita Eagle and KAKE-TV.

    The serial killer's first letter was found in a textbook at the public library; he went on to send poems and called police with details of Nancy Fox's slaying. In one letter, he taunted: "How about some name for me, it's time: 7 down and many more to go."

    Detectives are looking through lists of inmates who have recently been released, in case the reason they had not heard from the BTK Strangler since 1979 is that he was in prison.

    The latest missive arrived at the Eagle on March 19. It contained a single sheet of paper with a photocopy of Wegerle's driver's license and three pictures, each showing the victim in a slightly different pose. Relatives said the license was the only thing they know of that was missing from her home.

    Police said they had no crime scene photographs of Wegerle's body because it was removed by emergency medical service workers before officers arrived.

    Word about the letter leaked Wednesday night, and police confirmed Thursday they had linked it to BTK. Police will not say why they are convinced it came from BTK and the Eagle said it agreed not to publish several of the details in the letter that led police to the conclusion.

    By Friday, police had received 365 tips through an anonymous phone line and e-mail address, said Lt. Ken Landwehr, who has worked the case for than 20 years.

    At the same time, the number of calls to SecureNet Alarm Systems have increased almost ninefold since the new letter surfaced, public relations director Chuck Hadsell said.

    Thousands of home security systems were installed in Wichita in the 1970s because of the BTK killings, and some of those customers want to update their systems, Hadsell said. For one thing, today's systems are triggered if phone lines are cut, a trademark of the BTK killings in the '70s.

    The news struck so hard for Dale Fox that he broke down Thursday when film of his daughter's home was shown on television during a news report about BTK. His daughter's body was so bruised when he went to identify it that it was hard to recognize her.

    "It was such a brutal murder," said Ruth Fox, Nancy Fox's stepmother. "To brutally murder someone like BTK has done to his victims, I have no mercy for him at all."

    At first, the letter that arrived at The Eagle generated little interest.

    "We get letters like this all the time, letters that are not news," said police reporter Hurst Laviana, who was assigned to check it out.

    Laviana recognized Vicki Wegerle's name. "I kept thinking this isn't the typical crack letter," he said.

    Police Capt. Darrell Haynes told him the letter was probably nothing, and he didn't give it to homicide detectives until Laviana reminded him three days later.

    On Wednesday, police told Laviana the letter was authentic. It is being processed for fingerprints and DNA evidence, and evidence from the Wegerle homicide is being reprocessed using technology not available in 1986.

    The return address on the letter said it was from Bill Thomas Killman — initials BTK. The address appeared to refer to a now-vacant building.

    The letter was mailed in Wichita, Landwehr said Thursday. He said it contained no suggestion that the killer planned to strike again.

    Wegerle's sister-in-law, Norma Wegerle, said the family often wondered whether BTK could have been involved in the killing.

    "We just want it to be solved so we can get closure," she said. "There's hopefulness that somebody might actually be found. We want it to be solved."
     
  2. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Posts:
    38,584
    Likes Received:
    266
    Location:
    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    Now we know what Wes does... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     
  3. jakeslim

    jakeslim 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2002
    Posts:
    2,686
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Napa, CA
    here is the story in the lanquage of Graemlins for all us post whores

    /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif... /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif.... /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif.... /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif..... /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif..... /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
     
  4. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2001
    Posts:
    32,076
    Likes Received:
    55
    Location:
    .
    [ QUOTE ]
    Now we know what Wes does... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif

    Nah, Wichititty is 100 miles away from my town. I've got relatives there and don't have any worries if the killer makes it to my town as if he does break into my home, he will likely be facing the barrel end of a 12 gauge. I hope he shows up as I would gladly put an end to this matter. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
  5. jakeslim

    jakeslim 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2002
    Posts:
    2,686
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Napa, CA
    [ QUOTE ]
    I've got relatives there

    [/ QUOTE ]

    the weird thing about situations like this is that no one believes it is anyone they no. I am not saying your relatives, but in theory, it could be a friend or general acquiantance(?). Hopefully this guy does not start up again. Science is a bit better at catching these guys now so he may have to strike again though /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

    let me try to spell that again
    acquintance, acquentance, /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
  6. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2001
    Posts:
    32,076
    Likes Received:
    55
    Location:
    .
    [ QUOTE ]
    let me try to spell that again
    acquintance, acquentance

    [/ QUOTE ]

    /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif Try..."acquaintence." /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  7. landsmasher

    landsmasher 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2002
    Posts:
    4,423
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    California, The Blow Me State
    acquaintance. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
  8. jakeslim

    jakeslim 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2002
    Posts:
    2,686
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Napa, CA
    /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gifthe elusive "i"...thanks brain.
     
  9. got_mud

    got_mud 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    May 9, 2003
    Posts:
    316
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Wichita, KS
    ... so then the wife says "will you pick up a fobus for my P11 tonight?"...


    BTK? f'm. only issue i have is the sonovabitch has caused the gun market to jump and i have nothing i want to sell right now. plenty of people round these parts are frothied up good about concealed carry laws finally being veto-proofed in house and senate and have no time for an outdated piece of crap that wants to regain his notoriety. karma will be ugly on this one, this ain't the 70's anymore.
     
  10. Yukon Jack

    Yukon Jack 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2002
    Posts:
    1,984
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Rose Hill, KS
    I was about 10 when he was big in the news here. Definitely remember it. Wild to see him rear up again after all these years. I honestly think the news is giving it way to much time. It does have my wife nervous, she keeps the garage door locked now.
     

Share This Page