The daughter of a notorious serial killer has spoken out about the moment she was told her dad was a well-known murderer in her first TV interview.
Kerri Rawson’s world came crashing down around her after she discovered her father Dennis Rader was actually the ‘BTK’ (bind, torture, kill) murderer.
She has now told of the moment an FBI officer knocked on her door to tell her that her dad had been arrested as BTK.
Kerri spoke of her disbelief and shock, saying she was convinced they had got the wrong man and felt like she was going to pass out.
She said she was almost trying to find an alibi for her father, who she had believed was a good man.
But although he was a seemingly normal man – and a president of a church – he had spent more than 17 years prowling the streets of Kansas, US, slaughtering 10 people including two children.
Kerri said it was a ‘normal’ day off from work when the FBI knocked on her door.
In the TV interview, she told ABC News: "He asked, ‘Do you know who BTK is?’ I was like, ‘You mean the person that’s wanted for murders back in Kansas?’"
"And then he says, ‘Your dad has been arrested as BTK.’"
She said shock was going through her mind as she was being quizzed about dates.
Kerri added: "I was trying to almost alibi my father, I was like, my father is a good guy – boyscout leader, president of the church, I was like – you’ve got the wrong man."
From the moment the FBI contacted her, Kerri said her whole life felt like a lie.
Rader, now 73, is serving 10 consecutive life terms for 10 counts of first-degree murder at a Kansas prison.
He does not have the possibility of parole.
Sickeningly, he gave himself the ‘BTK’ nickname, which became his infamous signature as he evaded police for more than three decades.
He previously admitted having plans to kill an 11th victim before he was caught.
Rader pleaded guilty to his crimes, which he recalled in detail in court.
Kerri is releasing a book about her shocking story this month.
She has still not "reckoned fully" with who her father actually is – viewing him as "95 per cent" her dad and "five per cent" a stranger, according to the New York Post.
But despite acknowledging he has devastated countless lives, she has experienced forgiveness towards him and they have had correspondence.
She writes in her book that "on the days when I’m not wrestling with hard, terrible truths, I will tell you: I love my dad – the one I mainly knew."
‘A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming’ is published by Nelson Books and will be released on January 29
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