It is about BTK, a serial killer in Wichita, Kansas who created the name BTK after his modus operandi, "Bind Them, Torture Them, Kill Them". Dennis Rader started sending out letters to media again after hearing about the book. Right before he was going to publish it, Dennis Rader was arrested then convicted as the BTK Killer, a.k.a. the BTK strangler, and Beattie quickly wrote an epilogue. Rader murdered 10 people in the Wichita area between 1974 and 1991 but evaded law enforcement until 2005.
Beattie is also known for interviewing serial killer Charles Manson for a class project as a professor at Newman University in Wichita, which stirred controversy and brought media attention to him. Language of Evil is about a murder in Douglas County, Kansas.
- Nightmare in Wichita, New American Library, 2005, ISBN 978-0-451-21738-7
- Language of Evil. Penguin Group. 2009. ISBN 978-0-451-22530-6.
- Davey, Monica (March 6, 2005). "Suspect in 10 Kansas Murders Lived an Intensely Ordinary Life". The New York Times.
- Ellin, Abby (August 1, 1999). "Blackboard: Curricula Esoterica; Doctors, Soldiers, Serial Killers". The New York Times.
- Hrenchir, Tim (2006). "BTK author seeking post as secretary". The Topeka Capital-Journal.
- "Testimony of Robert M. Beattie on the Kansas Polygraph Protection Act of 2000". Antipolygraph.org. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
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