Author Stephen King responds to criticism of serial killer BTK’s daughter

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Writer Stephen King says the daughter of the BTK serial killer does not have to worry about her father being flattered by his portrayal in an upcoming movie inspired by the Wichita case.

King said in an e-mailed statement Friday that the character depicting Dennis Rader in his film “A Good Marriage” is a banal little man. King says the story isn’t about the killer husband, but about a brave and determined woman.

King was responding to criticism from Kerri Rawson that he was exploiting her father’s victims. Rawson says that King’s upcoming movie inspired her to break a self-imposed nine-year silence.

But the author says the drive to understand is the basis of art, and that is what he strove for in the novella and movie.

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