After 31 Years, BTK Serial Killer Faces Punishment

The next chapter in the saga of the B-T-K serial killer opens today as the sentencing of Dennis Rader begins in Wichita, Kansas.

A judge has set aside three days for the hearing. He must rule on whether Rader will serve his sentences consecutively or at the same time.

The hearing will allow the families of his victims to confront Rader in court. But they also will hear graphic details of the three-decade string of killings.

Prosecutors want Rader to get the longest possible sentence -- a minimum of 175 years without a chance of parole. Kansas had no death penalty when the crimes were committed.

Rader himself came up with the nickname B-T-K, which stands for "bind, torture, kill." He tells a Wichita T-V station (K-A-K-E) that he's working on an emotional statement for the sentencing.

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