Beyond redemption

Pastor to a killer
About the only person to stand by Dennis Rader—known as the BTK Strangler—since his arrest in February for ten vicious murders has been his pastor, Michael Clark. The pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in northern Wichita, where Rader was president of the church council, visited Rader twice a week in Wichita’s Sedgwick County Jail while he awaited sentencing. Clark said he plans to maintain the relationship now that Rader is serving a 175-year prison sentence at the state penitentiary in El Dorado, Kansas.

Rader, a 60-year-old family man, churchgoer, Boy Scout knot expert and city employee in Park City, Kansas, was convicted of a string of murders in the Wichita area dating back to 1974.

Clark believes that his job as a minister is to reach out to people like Rader, just as he would to anyone else in his church, and help him find genuine forgiveness for his offenses.


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