Dennis Rader was a devoted husband, doting father of two, Cub Scout leader and pillar of his church.
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Rader's demented murder spree began on Jan. 15, 1974, when he strangled Joseph and Julie Otero and two of their children in their home.
Lawmen were stunned to find the butcher hiding in plain sight, living in a modest ranch-style home. The place was eventually torn down as the community tried to erase the memory of the monster in their midst.
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He struck again and again, admitting in a letter to the local newspaper: "It's hard to control myself."
But he was finally busted in 2004 after cops traced one of his messages to a church computer he'd used.
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