Charlie Otero Moving Back To Wichita

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Thirty-four years after BTK's first murders shattered his world, Charlie Otero has come full circle. He is one of the surviving children of Dennis Rader's first victims and is now moving back to Wichita.

Charlie's sister Carmen and brother Danny left Wichita days after the killings and didn't return until the Rader hearings.

His girlfriend and her family are helping in the move. For the moment, he's making space in the garage so he can work on his collection of motorcycles.

He used to be a service manager at a motorcycle dealership and hopes to find similar work in Wichita.

"That bicycle was my ride for six months when I got out of prison," Otero said.

Otero spent four years in a New Mexico prison for a violent act.

"I've changed my ways," Otero said.

He recently completed a Dale Carnegie course on human relations, which he hopes will help open opportunities to become a motivational speaker to young people.

"I feel good about life," he says.

In January 1974, Charlie Otero came home from school to find his parents, a sister and a brother murdered by the BTK killer Dennis Rader.

The three surviving Otero children lived in New Mexico after that.

"Growing up after I lost my family, Wichita was the furthest from my mind.
I'd probably drive a 500 mile detour around it if I had to to go somewhere.
No it never dawned on me that I would ever come back to this town. But the
town embraced me so," Otero said.

Otero met his girlfriend during Rader's hearings. She went with him back to New Mexico for four years and now they're moving back.


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