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Anna Williams' house

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Anna Williams' house

On the night of April 28th, 1979, a 63-year-old widow named Anna Williams returned to her house at 615 South Pinecrest Street and noticed that the door to her spare bedroom was open.

Upon closer inspection, Williams saw that there were clothes on the floor and that one of her dressers had been opened. Furthermore, some money and jewelry were missing.

Unbeknownst to her, she had just narrowly survived the BTK killer, Dennis Rader, by arriving home later than usual.

By 1979, the city of Wichita was acutely aware that an unidentified serial killer called "BTK" was on the prowl. Between 1973 and 1977, he broke into four houses and murdered seven people.

In 1978, he became so eager for public recognition that he sent an anonymous letter to a local newspaper in which he claimed responsibility for the crimes.

Before murdering Kathryn Bright and Nancy Fox, the killer cut the phone lines, entered the house, and then patiently lay in wait. In light of this, many women began to habitually check their phones when they arrived home.

Anna Williams' house
Rader reportedly lay in wait for hours before leaving Williams' house.

When Williams picked up her telephone and realized that it was dead, she immediately fled to a neighbor's house and called 911.

During an inspection of the house, the police found belts, bindings, and ropes—tools that were part of what Rader called his "hit kit."

That day, he had broken into Williams' house by crawling through her basement window. He then waited hours for her to arrive home.

Basement of 615 S Pinecrest St
Rader crept in through a window in the basement.

On this occasion, however, Williams deviated from her normal routine. Instead of driving directly home from work, she went square dancing and then stopped by her daughter's house.

Rader stalked his victims for weeks beforehand and learned their schedules because it made him feel more in control of the situation. When his target failed to return within the expected timeframe, he started to grow impatient and apprehensive. Because he was a family man, he may have also been under time constraints.

Consequently, he decided to cut his losses and leave.

Williams wasn't the only person who narrowly survived death that day, as her 24-year-old granddaughter, Rebecca, often accompanied her home and stayed the night. However, on that occasion, her boss had asked her to work overtime on the evening shift.

Rader, who was aware that Rebecca might be present, later admitted that he was planning on killing them both if they arrived home together.

He was reportedly fuming when he had to leave Williams' house, as he had spent a great deal of time stalking her and fantasizing about the crime. Roughly two months later, he mailed a large envelope to her house.

Inside were items he had taken, a sketch of a woman hanging, and a poem titled "Oh Anna, why didn't you appear."

Signed at the bottom was "BTK, 1979."

Anna Williams' house address

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


615 S Pinecrest St, Wichita, Kansas, KS 67218, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the house are:

37.676821, -97.276158


The house is roughly 850 feet south of the corner between East Kellogg Drive and South Pinecrest Avenue.


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BTK's poem

Oh Anna, why didn't you appear.

Rader mailed this poorly spelled poem to Anna Williams in June 1979. He also sent a similar letter to a local TV station.

Note that we created the image above using Photoshop, as we were unable to find an original photograph of the poem.

The title was originally "Oh Louis Why Didn't You Appear." However, Rader had crossed out the name "Louis" and written "Anna" instead.

The police believe that he wrote it himself, as they were unable to find a similar poem. It is unclear why he included the name "Louis".

Williams moved out of state shortly after she received the envelope.

She died several years before his arrest.

615 S Pinecrest Street

615 S Pinecrest Street

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615 South Pinecrest Street was built in 1952. It has two bedrooms and is 1,334 square feet in size.

The property was last sold in February 2015.

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