How do you forgive a monster? A must-read for true crime enthusiasts is this in-depth profile of Kerry Rawson, who's spent the past 10 years dealing with the psychological effects of finding out that her dad, Dennis Rader, was the notorious BTK serial killer.


Contact the author at cheryl.eddy@io9.com.

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ValerieJo
Valerie Jo

He said he felt like James Bond, meaning that his real identity was BTK, and his cover was middle class family man. Trying to wrap her head around the idea that her father was play-pretending his concern and love for her must be... just impossible without fracturing her very sense of self.

Is forgiveness even what's called for here? Moving on to some type of acceptance of the impossible situation seems like the saner path.