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Park City tears down BTK house

  • Published Monday, March 12, 2007, at 7:44 a.m.

Construction crews arrived at the modest three-bedroom home at 6220 Independence in Park City before 7 a.m. Wednesday.

By noon, the house that BTK serial killer Dennis Rader had called home for 25 years was gone.

Yellow no-trespassing signs are still posted on the lot, which is now covered with dirt and will become an entrance to a small park with a basketball court, picnic tables and a swing set.

After Rader was arrested in February 2005, sightseers swarmed the neighborhood near 61st Street North and I-135. On Wednesday afternoon, none could be seen.

Park City police officers blocked both ends of Independence Street early Wednesday to discourage souvenir hunters as Cornejo and Sons workers began the process of leveling the house and hauling it off in trucks to be disposed of at an undisclosed location.

Mayor Dee Stuart said she was glad to see the house removed.

"When bad things happen, I think you deal with them the best that you can, then put them behind you and go on to more positive things," she said. "I think this is a time we go on to more positive things.

"I think it's time to close this chapter in our book."

Rader, who killed 10 people from 1974 to 1991, is serving 10 life sentences at El Dorado Correctional Facility.

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