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CBS picks cast for its BTK movie

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at 8:24 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 3:04 p.m.

Oscar nominee Robert Forster is set to play a detective leading Wichita's 31-year manhunt in a CBS movie tentatively titled "The Hunt for the BTK Killer."

Currently in production, the movie is set to air at 8 p.m. on Oct. 9. It would be carried locally on KWCH, Channel 12 in Wichita.

It's not known whether Forster's character will be named Ken Landwehr, the real-life Wichita detective who was in charge of the investigation that ended with the apprehension of Dennis Rader in February.

Forster has been acting in feature films and television since the 1960s and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor as Max Cherry, a role written for him by Quentin Tarantino, in the 1997 movie "Jackie Brown." Forster also played the father of a U.S. marshal in the short-lived television series "Karen Sisco," which, like "Jackie Brown," was based on a novel by Elmore Leonard.

Michael Michele will portray another detective. She previously played an investigator for a season of "Homicide: Life of the Streets," and she appeared as a doctor in more than 50 episodes of "ER." Michele also appeared in the comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days."

Gregg Henry has been cast as Rader, who pleaded guilty in June and was sentenced to life in prison for murdering 10 people from 1971 to 1994. Rader nicknamed himself BTK for the way he would "bind, torture and kill."

Like his co-stars, Henry is no stranger to crime dramas. He played Val Resnick in the 1999 movie "Payback" with Mel Gibson. Henry's other credits include the 2002 thriller "Femme Fatale" and most recently Fox's drama "24."

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