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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Kansas house of BTK victim sells at auction

  • The house where one of the victims of the BTK serial killer was murdered was auctioned Tuesday for far less than its appraised value.KWCH-TV reports that the Park City home sold to the highest bidder for $35,000. The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home on a shady lot had been appraised for nearly $60,000.Auctioneer Jack ...
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  •  The house where one of the victims of the BTK serial killer was murdered was auctioned Tuesday for far less than its appraised value.
    KWCH-TV reports that the Park City home sold to the highest bidder for $35,000. The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home on a shady lot had been appraised for nearly $60,000.
    Auctioneer Jack Newcom reminded the crowd before the bidding started about the 1985 murder committed in it. Marine Hedge, 53, was strangled in the that house by Dennis Rader, the BTK killer who 20 years later was discovered to be her neighbor.
    Among those who came to watch the bidding was Charlie Otero, whose parents and siblings were killed in a different house by Roeder.
    "I wanted to see this part of the BTK story put to an end," Otero said. "I was there in the beginning and I want to be there when they bury him — and every part in between."
    Although the house's current owner legally didn't have to mention the murder, she disclosed it in an effort to be honest with potential buyers.
    "We're not trying to capitalize on it; we're just trying to sell it," Newcom told bidders. "And not do anybody wrong in the process."
    Rader, a former Park City compliance officer, was arrested in February 2005 and confessed to 10 killings in the Wichita area between 1974 and 1991. He called himself BTK, which stands for "bind, torture, kill."
    The current owner bought the house before Rader's arrest when the house wasn't known to be connected to the serial killer. The ranch-style house was built in 1954.
    Rader's own home was sold at auction in 2005 around the time he pleaded guilty to the BTK murders. That sale fell through because the title couldn't be transferred, so Park City used an anonymous donation to buy the house then tore it down to keep curiosity seekers away.

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