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Old 03-03-2005, 04:53 AM
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Default Re: Arrest in BTK killings stuns US Military

Very interesting

"Charlie Otero, who discovered the bodies of his parents and siblings, is convinced to this day that his father was killed because of something that happened during his secretive work in the military – work that sometimes kept him away from home for months at a time (Joseph Otero was involved with the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, which is essentially an Air Force branch of the U.S. Army’s notorious School of the Americas, which has long been associated with death-squad training and drug trafficking in Central and South America). Charlie is also convinced that there is no possibility that a sole assailant was responsible for the carnage in the Otero home. Joseph Otero was a trained commando and a former champion boxer – and he had been watching over his shoulder in anticipation of an attack. His wife, Julie, was trained in self-defense, as were the two Otero offspring killed that day, Joseph II and Josephine. The family also kept a large and reportedly vicious guard dog. As Charlie has noted, it seems extremely unlikely then that a random psychopath would have been able to enter the Otero home in broad daylight and simultaneously subdue, bind and kill all four family members present at that time.

It wasn’t until nine months after the deaths of the Oteros that the legend of “BTK” was born, purportedly through phone calls and letters received by the media and authorities. After that, a few more local murders were lumped in with the Otero killings and the whole package was written off as the work of a lone serial killer. But the truth is that the Otero family was almost certainly targeted by multiple perpetrators, and there was very likely a specific motive for the crime. All of that was swept under the rug after the fictional “BTK” killer purportedly took credit for the murders.

Interestingly enough, a recent Dodge City Daily Globe report noted that, even though “Police said earlier this year that the Otero killings had ‘special significance’ because they were the first in a string of killings … [they] have refused to discuss the case beyond carefully scripted statements periodically released.” Charlie Otero has said that “BTK” investigators have not spoken to him in more than twenty-five years.

In an LA Times report dated March 2, 2005, a woman named Sheryl Smith, identified as a childhood friend of one of the Otero kids, had this to say: "This was a family that had a vicious dog, where everyone knew martial arts ... It never made sense to me what happened.""
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