A Serial Killer's Daughter

A Serial Killer's Daughter

My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming

eBook - 2019
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What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer? In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. It was then that she learned her father was the notorious serial killer known as BTK, a name he'd given himself that described the horrific way he committed his crimes: bind, torture, kill. As news of his capture spread, Wichitacelebrated the end of a thirty-one-year nightmare. For Kerri Rawson, another was just beginning. She was plunged into a black hole of horror and disbelief. The same man who had been a loving father, a devoted husband, church president, Boy Scout leader, and a public servant had been using their family as a cover for his heinous crimes since before she was born. Everything she had believed about her life had been a lie.Written with candor and extraordinary courage, A Serial Killer's Daughter is an unflinching exploration of life with one of America's most infamous killers and an astonishing tale of personal and spiritual transformation. For all who suffer from unhealed wounds or the crippling effects of violence, betrayal, and anger, Kerri Rawson's story offers the hope of reclaiming sanity in the midst of madness, rebuilding a life in the shadow of death, and learning to forgive the unforgivable."No easy answers here. No platitudes. Only raw honesty, written with the gracious authority of one who has glimpsed hell. Kerri Rawson shares her earned wisdom and a hope that has been bought with tears and nightmares. This book is a gritty must-read in the library of hope."—Paul J. Pastor, author of The Face of the Deep and The Listening Day
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9781400201761
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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A daughter’s anguished journey when she learns in 2005 that her father, a family man and church leader, is a serial killer: none other than the infamous “B.T.K.” who had evaded the police for decades. An interesting read for people fascinated by serial killers, the books offers a daughter’s insig... Read More »

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Oct 20, 2019

What a great book!!! I really enjoyed reading it. Stay strong Kerri. I wish you and your family lots of happiness in the future. It must have been really hard for you to air your dirty laundry so to speak.

Aug 14, 2019

I feel so sorry for Kerri Rawson for having a monster for a father named Dennis Rader/B.T.K. she and her family are victims too.

multcolib_karene Mar 21, 2019

This book drew me in like a bad accident draws gawkers. It made me think about how difficult it would be for the families of people who have done terrible things. However it also made me angry that NO ONE in the author's family ever thought something was terribly wrong with their father, a serial killer. There definitely were clues that he had issues with controlling his behavior throughout the author's upbringing. The other part I had a hard time with was how believing in Christ was what finally brought the author peace. If only it was as easy as believing in a god...

Mar 18, 2019

Very good book that helps you understand what Kerri and her family has gone through because of her dad.

Mar 12, 2019

What would you do if you woke up one day to an FBI agent at the door, telling you that your beloved father had just been arrested as an infamous serial killer? To Kerri Rader, her father was a devoted and supportive dad who was always there for her, albeit with some odd quirks and the occasional outburst of temper. This is her story of her struggle to come to terms with gaining the unbearable knowledge that this man whom she loved dearly had brutally killed 10 people: women, children, neighbors. Kerri shares her life story of growing up with Dennis Rader, and how her and her other family member's lives were shattered when it was eventually revealed that the man she knew as Dad was the BTK killer terrorizing Wichita, Kansas. Serial killers are portrayed as loners and eccentrics; this story reveals all too shockingly that they can easily live amongst others undetected. The tone of the book is extremely preachy, although it can be understood that Kerri needed something like religion to help her get through the whole experience. Not your typical "serial killer" book.

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Aug 14, 2019

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Aug 14, 2019

The daughter of Dennis Rader/B.T.K Kerri Rawson whites in this book A Serial killer's daughter.
no easy answers here. no platitudes. only raw honesty, written with the gracious authority of one who has glimpsed hell. Kerri Rawson shares her earned wisdom and hope that has been bought with tears and nightmares. this book is a gritty must-read in the library of hope.


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