BTK-Killer Dennis Rader Power consider yourself a good person deep down – but his appetite for gruesome stories behind bars might suggest otherwise.
The infamous murderer – who brutally killed 10 people between ’74 and ’91 – cooks up some of his favorite reading materials handwritten letters … and its selection is pretty dark.
The correspondence TMZ received is from 2012 … and in a letter Rader describes his everyday life in prison and the fact that he was immersed in a popular book that was adapted for the big screen the previous year – Stieg Larsson‘s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”.
If you’re not familiar, it’s a very violent story … brimming with murder and torture (and even rape), including a killing eerily similar to what Rader allegedly did to at least one of his victims – her handcuffed to got up and hanging their bodies in the air.
The strange reading doesn’t stop there – Rader admits in his letters that he also likes another book called “The Fear Index,” which is full of murder. Like I said, he may think he’s a cute, healthy guy with some gruesome slip-ups here and there – but that’s not at all reflected in the literature, which he devoured almost entirely behind bars.
Much more is revealed in Rader’s letters … like the fact that he misses the smell and taste of a fresh grilled steak, especially one made by Peter Luger. He’s also a couch potato … when he writes he doesn’t go to the prison yard very often.
Speaking of what he calls his “cave” … other BTK writings draw a peculiar lifestyle in which he says he sleeps on the floor, uses his bed as a desk, drinks cold coffee all day … and even Vogel watches as a hobby. On the fitness front … Rader says he works out daily by either running in place and / or doing multiple pushups.
DR considers himself a kind of artist too – his letters are jam-packed with sketches and doodles … some of which you can check out above.
As we reported, a new documentary about his life and mind has just come out – about A&E’s “BTK: Confession of a Serial Killer” Rader makes the puzzling claim that he is essentially an okay … despite his rather creepy personal book club.