June 28, 2005

Statements from city, state officials on Rader's guilty plea

The following statement was issued Monday afternoon by Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams:

"The Wichita Police Department and BTK Task Force members are satisfied that justice has been served with today's guilty plea. I was very confident in the investigation that was conducted by the BTK Task Force, and in the solid case that was presented to the District Attorney against Dennis Rader.

"Perhaps today's events will bring some closure for the families and friends of Mr. Rader's victims, and for the citizens of Wichita.

"We must keep all the families in our thoughts and prayers and hope that they can someday find some peace in their hearts with the untimely loss of their loved ones."

The following statement was issued Monday morning by Wichita Mayor Carlos Mayans:

"On behalf of the city of Wichita, we are pleased with the guilty plea entered today by Dennis Rader.

"Our hearts go out to the family members of the victims and to the family of Dennis Rader. Our prayers are with them. We hope that the healing can begin, and that we can close the book on BTK and start a new chapter in our community.

"I want to thank the Wichita Police Department, the KBI, the FBI, the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office and all who worked diligently to help bring Dennis Rader to justice.

"It has been a trying time for this community, since BTK s re-emergence 16 months ago, but prayers have been answered."

The following statement was issued Monday morning by Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline:

"Wichita's three decade nightmare has come to an end thanks to the vigilance of a community and the dedicated and passionate devotion to justice of the Wichita Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and many others.

"Justice alone cannot bring healing to the evil Mr. Rader has wrought. However, justice can give us hope — the hope that if we ever individually or collectively face injustice, those dedicated to the cause of justice will answer the call as they have in this case.

"My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the surviving victims of this evil and my appreciation and gratitude are given to the men and women of law enforcement."

The following statement was issued Monday afternoon by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius:

"This guilty plea is a testament to the hard work of law enforcement and prosecutors, and I hope and pray it will provide some measure of solace and closure to the victims' families."

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