Police get 970 tips on BTK

Wichita police continued Monday to sort through hundreds of telephone calls and e-mails with tips on a Wichita serial killer who resurfaced last week after a quarter-century of silence.

In the latest briefing Monday morning, Lt. Ken Landwehr said police have received 650 phone tips and 320 e-mails on the killer known as BTK. The name stands for a description of the attacker's crimes — bind, torture and kill — in a series of slayings aimed mostly at women during the 1970s.

Police last week confirmed that a letter which arrived at The Wichita Eagle newsroom March 19 was from BTK. The letter indicated the killer was responsible for the Sept. 16, 1986, death of Vicki Wegerle, found strangled in her home at 2404 W. 13th St. The crime had been unsolved.

The return address on the letter read "Bill Thomas Killman" — initials BTK. Police said no such person exists. Police said BTK is responsible for eight killings.

Police said details about the letter make them certain it was sent by the same person who sent previous BTK letters. The Eagle has agreed not to publish several of the details in the letter that have led police to this conclusion.

There has been no indication that BTK plans to strike again. Before the letter surfaced, police thought the killer was either dead or in prison. Police have since reopened old cases and are testing the evidence using current technology.

FBI and KBI officials continued Monday to decline comment on their roles in the investigation. Police plan to give another briefing Friday.