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Possible Link Made Between Serial Killer and Missing Oklahoma Woman


The Osage County Oklahoma Sheriff's Office says they may have found a possible link between Dennis Rader, also known as the serial killer BTK, and the disappearance of a Pawhuska woman in 1976.


 The possible link was found in a crossword puzzle Rader sent to Wichita media nearly 20 years ago. The puzzle spells out the names of Rader's 10 known victims and his home address. Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden says he believes the puzzle also includes the name Cindy Kinney. Kinney disappeared from a Pawhuska laundromat in 1976. Virden first linked Rader to her disappearance nine months ago when he learned Rader had been in the Pawhuska area during that time.


 Osage County District Attorney Mike Fisher stated last fall that there was insufficient evidence to link Rader to the Kinney disappearance. After Virden's latest announcement, Fisher says he has not seen the evidence but stated that the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation had found no concrete link between the two.



Photo courtesy Osage County Sheriff's Office. Left: Puzzle showing Virden's links. Right: Original puzzle

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