A Media-Savvy Killer

TitleA Media-Savvy Killer
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSociety of Professional Journalists,
PublisherSociety of Professional Journalists
AbstractSince his first murder in 1974, the “BTK” killer — his own acronym, for “bind, torture, kill” — has sent the Wichita Eagle four letters and one poem. How should a newspaper, or other media outlet, handle communications from someone who says he’s guilty of multiple sensational crimes? And how much should it cooperate with law enforcement authorities?
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