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The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  9 October 2005 (USA)
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After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas hone in on the serial killer known as BTK.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Baines
Robert Beattie
Mrs. Magida
Donna Goodhand
Michael Filipowich
Hurst Laviana
Chief Packer
Martha Irving ...
Mary Baxter
Mom with Baby
Detective Zilinski
Hollis McLaren ...
Nancy Regan ...
TV Anchor Madge


After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas hone in on the serial killer known as BTK.

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Shockingly awful!
10 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm from the Wichita area, so am very familiar with this case and was shocked by the factual errors and poor quality of this film.

The single redeeming quality of this movie is Henry's portrayal of Dennis Rader. He did an excellent job of capturing Rader's mannerisms and bore a striking resemblance to him.

I'll try to list the factual errors sequentially. First off, Magida is a fictional detective, probably based on Ken Landwehr. There were no female detectives in lead roles on this case. I'm surprised at the leaps the movie makes, using the real names of the judge and attorneys but fictional names of law enforcement officers. Also, no detectives who were present at the scene of the Otero murders were on the team that eventually caught Rader.

Second are the location errors. The Sedgwick County courthouse, where Rader's trial was held, is NOT a small, old-fashioned building in suburbia!! It's actually a very modern building, several stories tall in a busy downtown area. The "Cousins Cafe" is also a complete fabrication. Rader went home for lunch, as he was a creature of habit the police knew what time he would be headed there and apprehended him on his way to lunch.

Third are the errors in the crimes committed and reported. He was only linked to 8 murders until shortly before his capture, the Hedge and Davis murders were not committed in Wichita and originally not thought to be BTK killings. The Bright murder was not portrayed correctly either, I will not go into the the books if you want to know.

On to the film itself. It begins with Rader in the courtroom recounting the murders, but abruptly shifts to a portrayal of the case from the fictional Magida's eyes. Either point of view would have been fine, but if this is meant to give an accurate look at the horror of the murders, several have been left out.

If you are interested in the BTK case, I would NOT recommend watching this movie. Read one of the books, but not Beattie's, unless you're interested in long and irrelevant diatribes on the author's life.

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