A Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming

A Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming

What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer?


In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. It was then that she learned her father was the notorious serial killer known as BTK, a name he’d given himself that described the horrific way he committed his crimes: bind, torture, kill. As news of his capture spread, Wichitacelebrated the end of a thirty-one-year nightmare.


For Kerri Rawson, another was just beginning. She was plunged into a black hole of horror and disbelief. The same man who had been a loving father, a devoted husband, church president, Boy Scout leader, and a public servant had been using their family as a cover for his heinous crimes since before she was born. Everything she had believed about her life had been a lie.

Written with candor and extraordinary courage, A Serial Killer’s Daughter is an unflinching exploration of life with one of America’s most infamous killers and an astonishing tale of personal and spiritual transformation. For all who suffer from unhealed wounds or the crippling effects of violence, betrayal, and anger, Kerri Rawson’s story offers the hope of reclaiming sanity in the midst of madness, rebuilding a life in the shadow of death, and learning to forgive the unforgivable.

“No easy answers here. No platitudes. Only raw honesty, written with the gracious authority of one who has glimpsed hell. Kerri Rawson shares her earned wisdom and a hope that has been bought with tears and nightmares. This book is a gritty must-read in the library of hope.”

—Paul J. Pastor, author of The Face of the Deep and The Listening Day

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About Kerri Rawson

Kerri Rawson is the daughter of Dennis Rader, better known to the world as the serial killer BTK. Since her father's arrest, Kerri has been an advocate for victims of abuse, crime, and trauma, sharing her journey of hope, healing, faith, and forgiveness. She lives with her husband, two children, and two cats in Michigan. 

    A Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming Reviews

  • Michelle

    It is a serious and terrible sorrow when others must carry the burden and fall-out of someone else’s criminal acts. “The Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming” (201...

  • Valerity (Val)

    A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and OvercomingI approached this book with my mind and feelings completely open and was really surprised how much I came away with from it. Kerri ...

  • Rachel Smalter Hall

    I've grown to love what memoirs can reveal about our shared humanity when the author is willing to dig deep. True crime, on the other hand, has always given me nightmares. Enter the true crime memoir....

  • Mel

    4.5 stars.I will always forgive memoirs for things I would not forgive a novel for. The reasoning being: people who write memoirs are not authors. They are in the sense that they've published and writ...

  • Lisa Elizabeth

    This was really boring. I kept losing interest. I didn’t need to know the minute details of a summer camping trip in the early 90s to understand that BTK masqueraded as a good father for decades. I ...

  • FabulousRaye

    It's okay. Kerri doesn't go into explicit details about her father's murders. It's not explotive or sensational.It is as advertised. Life with a serial killer for a father and the fallout when finding...

  • melinda

    should’ve been filed as some religious memoir...

  • ? Marlene?

    Not sure if I can finish this because I am so bored by it it makes me fall asleep. She talks about her father a bit but she talks about her faith so much more.I should have known looking at the title....

  • Sally Lackey

    Read in a dayFor all we have been confronted with in the BTK story, this book was a glimpse into the personal devastation to Dennis Rader’s own family. Kerri weaves a story giving the reader the bac...

  • Luann Mailman

    I've always wondered what families of serial killers go through. This was a well written, easy to read and fascinating trip through the author's life. I started reading on Monday night, and finished i...