Shirley Vian | The Sixth Victim of The BTK Killer – Dennis Rader

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Shirley Vian

6th Victim of Serial Killer BTK – Dennis Lynn Rader

Victim Number Six

Shirley Vian

In 1977,  Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer decided to resurface after three years of silence. He spotted his soon-to-be victim while trolling a familiar neighborhood. Her name was Cheryl. He had met her at a bar. Fortunate for Cheryl, she was not at home that day. But Dennis Rader was on a mission and would not, could not, be dismayed. He entered the house of Shirley Vian. After ordering her three children into the bathroom and locking them in, he murdered the 24 year old as her babies cried out from their cell. In his later confession, Dennis Rader stated that a ringing telephone caused him to leave early without murdering the children.

On March 17, Shirley Vian became the sixth victim of the BTK KILLER, leaving behind her three kids and a husband.

– Described In His Own Words –

The Murder of Shirley Vian by the BTK


Judge Gregory Waller: Let’s turn to count number six. In that count, they claim, on March 17th, 1977, in Sedgwick County, Kansas, that you unlawfully killed Shirley Vian, maliciously, willfully, deliberately and with premeditation, by strangulation inflicting injuries from which she did die on March 17th, 1977. Can you tell me what you did on that day?

Dennis Rader: Yes. Before Vian was a… Actually, on that one, she was completely random. There was actually someone across from Dillon’s that was the potential target. It was called ‘Project Green’, I think. I had project numbers assigned to it. On that particular day I, uh, drove to Dillon’s, parked in the parking lot, watch this particular residence then got out of the car and walked over to it. It’s probably in the police report, the address — I don’t remember the address now. I knocked, nobody answered it so, I was all keyed up so I just started going through the neighborhood. I had been through the neighborhood before. I kind of knew, a little, the layout of the neighborhood. I had been through the back alleys, knew where certain people lived. While I was walking down Hydraulic, I met a young boy. I asked him if he could ID some pictures, kind of as a ruse, I guess, trying to feel it out. I saw where he went. I went to another address and knocked on the door. Nobody opened the door so I just, noticed where he went and went to that house and went from there.

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Steve Relford

The Son Of Shirley Vian

Steve Relford

“I let the killer in the house”.