40 Year Anniversary Of BTK Otero Slayings

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

El Dorado, Kan --- (KAKE) Wednesday January 15th marks the anniversary of a day that started a dark and frightening period in Wichita's recent history.

Forty years ago, Dennis Rader began the B-T-K serial killing spree, murdering four members of the Otero family.

Charlie Otero was just a sophomore in high school that day. He says he came home feeling good about finishing the school's nine week period that afternoon. But as he entered his home he was shocked to find his parents and youngest siblings Joey and Josie's murdered bodies.

Otero says, "I don't dread this day every year but in the beginning it was really rough on me."

Otero now uses his skills to repair motorcycles, four-wheelers and water craft at an El Dorado Kawasaki dealership.

Otero says the anniversaries aren't as troublesome now as the earlier school years. But, he says, there are bad days.

He says, "I've moved on as far as thinking back on it a lot. But I still find myself getting moody."

Otero says, "This is a day I'll never forget. I don't want to forget because it marks the end of my family's existence but it's also a way to remember the good times too. They come to my mind and I just take myself to the good places. And I relive all the good times. We had lots of good times all over the country, all over the world. I refuse to forget them. I want to forget the pain but I do not want to forget my family ever."

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