Both seasons of Mindhunter are available to stream and download on Netflix now. While news of season three has not yet been confirmed, fans are highly anticipating the return of FBI Agents Holden Ford (played by Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany). At the beginning of each episode of Mindhunter, there is a glimpse of the infamous BTK Killer and throughout season two, viewers got to know a little bit more about him.
Who plays the BTK killer?
Sonny Valicenti portrays Dennis Rader in Mindhunter seasons one and two.
BTK is the acronym for ‘Bind, Torture, Kill’, which Rader awarded himself.
His murder spree began in 1974 and ended in 1991, with the death of 62-year-old Dolores E Davis.
BTK was finally arrested in 2005 after evading capture for two decades.
Rader murdered 10 people in Wichita, Kansas area from 1974-1991.
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During these years, BTK sent taunting letters to police and journalists claiming responsibility for the murders and giving more details about the case.
He sent 19 letters to the police and press over 10 years, 10 of which were sent in the year he was caught.
One of the discs he sent was traced back to a computer at the Christ Lutheran Church in Park City, Kansas where he was president at the time.
The computer was also registered in his name and police were able to find a match with his DNA from one of the crime scenes.
In August 2005, the 60-year-old was sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences at the maximum-security El Dorado Correctional Facility in Wichita.
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Speaking to MEA World Wide about BTK killer in season two, Valicenti said: “The main characters are explored in deeply intimate ways, especially in terms of their identity, love, and family.
“For my character, the private moments were brought into focus. The moments behind closed doors that allow the character to engage with his fantasies… I have yet to find my way back into my skin after watching those horrific scenes.“
He added: “Dennis Rader would discuss how his body felt before, during, and after his murders.
“The most terrifying aspect of playing the role was finding out just how relatable these sensations were.
“Over time, I started to fear that I was barely two or three common human traumas away from being like a serial killer.
“While that is an overstatement – and in no way an attempt to condone or empathize with what he did – it does hit on the thesis of the show, which is: We can’t think in black and white anymore.
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Who is Sonny Valicenti?
Sonny Valicenti is an American actor from Barrington, Illinois.
Valicenti is best known for playing Dean in the comedy film Office Christmas Party, starring alongside Jason Bateman.
His other film credits include The Conway Curve, The Final Scene and How to Deter A Robber.
He recently appeared in Steven Spielberg’s The Post, alongside Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
Valicenti has also had roles in Amazon’s One Mississippi, Lady Dynamite on Netflix and the FX comedy You’re the Worst.
He is also known for his stage work, including off-Broadway productions of Romeo & Juliet, Henry V, and The Spy.
Mindhunter is streaming on Netflix now.