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BTK: the demon made me do it

“I just know it’s a dark side of me. It kind of controls me. I personally think it’s a — and I know it is not very Christian — but I actually think it’s a demon that’s within me. … At some point and time it entered me when I was very young.”

— BTK serial killer Dennis Rader

This is one of the most tired-*ss, simple-minded defenses. Thankfully he pleaded guilty, but does he expect leniency? Who in the hell is going to fall for that? [Kate interjects, “well considering the state this nation is in, they could sell this one.”] This ranks up there with the “Twinkie defense” and the “gay panic” excuse.

Not only does Rader want to blame it all on demons, this SOB says he knew that he was a sick perv from childhood, but someone, anyone, should have been responsible for seeing he had unhealthy sexual proclivities.

“I have a lot of remorse. I’m very sorry for them. It is something I wouldn’t want to happen to my family,” he told KAKE-TV. The interview was conducted Saturday; some of it was aired Wednesday night with additional portions to air Thursday.

Rader, who pleaded guilty last week to 10 first-degree murders in the Wichita area from 1974 to 1991, nicknamed himself BTK, for “Bind, Torture, Kill,” as he taunted media and police with cryptic messages about the crimes. He faces sentencing Aug. 17.

Rader, 60, said his problems began in grade school, with his sexual fantasies that were “just a little bit weirder” than other people’s. “Somewhere along the line, someone had to pick something up from me somewhere that there was a problem,” he said. “They should have identified it.”

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