What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer?
In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. It was then that she learned her father was the notorious serial killer known as BTK, a name he’d given himself that described the horrific way he committed his crimes: bind, torture, kill. As news of his capture spread, Wichitacelebrated the end of a thirty-one-year nightmare.
For Kerri Rawson, another was just beginning. She was plunged into a black hole of horror and disbelief. The same man who had been a loving father, a devoted husband, church president, Boy Scout leader, and a public servant had been using their family as a cover for his heinous crimes since before she was born. Everything she had believed about her life had been a lie.
Written with candor and extraordinary courage, A Serial Killer’s Daughter is an unflinching exploration of life with one of America’s most infamous killers and an astonishing tale of personal and spiritual transformation. For all who suffer from unhealed wounds or the crippling effects of violence, betrayal, and anger, Kerri Rawson’s story offers the hope of reclaiming sanity in the midst of madness, rebuilding a life in the shadow of death, and learning to forgive the unforgivable.
“No easy answers here. No platitudes. Only raw honesty, written with the gracious authority of one who has glimpsed hell. Kerri Rawson shares her earned wisdom and a hope that has been bought with tears and nightmares. This book is a gritty must-read in the library of hope.”
—Paul J. Pastor, author of The Face of the Deep and The Listening Day
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An honest, raw account of living a nightmare.
Real. Raw. Brave. Startling. "A Serial Killer's Daughter" doesn't hold back any of the feelings of Kerri Rawson as she lived and survived learning of the horrors committed by the father she truly loved. Thankfully not overly descriptive or gruesome, but a fact-filled account of the BTK serial killer's impact on his family. How two very different men could live in one body and murder children and adults alike and remain free for so long is difficult to comprehend. Kerri describes her actions, her her thoughts, conflicts and doubts with raw emotion. She also shares her spiritual journey and how she draws strength from the Lord through it all. A five star book for Christians and non-Christians alike, I found it difficult to put down and when I did, it remained fresh in my mind. Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy to review.
I lived it too, Kerri
I have lived in Wichita Kansas all my life. I was the same age as Kathryn Bright, Shirley Vian, and Nancy Fox at the time of their murders. Although I do empathize with Kerri and how traumatizing it must have been to learn who her father really is, I couldn’t help wondering what the victims families would think and feel if reading this book. And Kerri, I have a hard time reconciling the monster I know as BTK with the “loving father, husband, brother, and son” that you describe! I think the victims families would have a hard time too. I don’t think it is any more right that you should profit from his monstrous acts as it would be for him too! Just let the monster die as he deserves and I pray for a “peaceful” life for his victim’s families.
Well Written insight to anguish.
Growing up in the shadow of the East Area Rapist AKA Golden State Killer taught me an intense fear of the boogeyman. I was 8 when he began prowling our neighborhood. Years later I would overcome than fear by joining the force and spending twenty years as a cop. I read this book because I wanted to hear KR’s voice and gain her perspective as a true victim of an evil man whom she only knew as her father. The book is well written and truly inspiring. She never glorifies or indulges in salaciousness to troll the unscrupulous reader, instead she concentrated on what it is like to be caught in the wake of grief when you learn that your father is a sadistic serial killer. I applaud her for stepping into the public eye, writing and owning her own story. It is the pivotal role in not being BTK’s daughter and being a strong mother, leader and wife. Not to mention author. Good luck with your future K.