In January of 2004, on the 30th anniversary of the Otero family murders, which had occurred on January 14, 1974, The Wichita Eagle published a special anniversary story on the unsolved BTK murders. On March 19, 2004, the first communication from BTK in 16 years was sent to the newspaper.
The BTK killer reemerged and began to taunt authorities with a series of 11 cryptic communications. It was Dennis Rader’s evil need and personal desire for attention that sparked this 11-month series of communications. However, with each note or letter, Rader as the BTK killer became more confident in his ability to elude apprehension. Inadvertently, he became more careless as his ego was inflated by the news media coverage. His self-absorption and pride with his direct contact with the media fed his ego, which resulted in further communications that would ultimately end with his arrest on February 25, 2005.