BTK's daughter criticizes SK

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kingricefan

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There is no such thing as bad publicity. There's a mixture of killers that King used as a platform for writing this tale. It ain't all BTK. Besides, why did she need to step back into the limelight and bring up all those bad memories? If my parent was a convicted killer I think I would just want to live a quiet life.......
 

Lily Sawyer

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Dana Jean

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She wants to be kept out of the limelight? I never would have given her or her family a second thought if she hadn't written the open letter. Obviously it's personal for them. For the rest of the world it's a story, total fiction like every other short story of Kings. Her feelings are hurt but with her letter she is exploiting their story more.
 

SeleneM1

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There was an existing thread so I moved your post there.
Thanks, Dana Jean.

That said...No one knows what anyone else is thinking. Why is she coming out now, and not when the story came out in Full Dark, No Stars? My guess is a) she didn't know that the story was about Rader, if she read it at all. And b) all of the advance press mentions Rader, so it's giving him a LOT of publicity as the inspiration for the story/movie. The "great unwashed" tends to pay more attention to movies than to books. There's a great deal of anger and pain in her statements (with good reason!).

I agree with her statement that some of the proceeds should be donated to a women's shelter or other abuse cause.
 

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notebookgirl

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I was a fan, she said. I am surprised she wouldn't know what the story was inspired earlier. It has been years. A lot of fiction is taken from real life. King wrote the "what if" It's not real and it has nothing to do with the father's feelings. Also, how terrible she tries to pin some her father's evil deeds because of King. (From original article) I think those statements should never be published. Can't prove that. Not a fact and almost libelous.
 

danie

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If I remember correctly, Mr. King based Carrie on two girls he knew in high school. (Maybe they should break their silence as well.)
I think many writers get their ideas from observing or hearing a truth, and then expounding on it in their stories.

I guess because he's actually said Dennis Rader's name in connection with A Good Marriage, the daughter felt she had to say something.
Exploiting the victims? I don't believe so. It's been a while since I read the story, but I don't think the victims were focused on much at all. Like Mr. King stated in the article, it's about the wife, not the victims. He's not using anyone selfishly or unethically which is basically what exploiting means.

She may be horrified and embarrassed that she didn't realize he father was a monster (as we all would be), so she thinks focusing on that aspect is offensive. To me, it's just a look into how the innocent are affected by the guilty. I do feel very sorry for her to have to live with the knowledge of her father's crimes.
 

Dana Jean

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If I remember correctly, Mr. King based Carrie on two girls he knew in high school. (Maybe they should break their silence as well.)
I think many writers get their ideas from observing or hearing a truth, and then expounding on it in their stories.

I guess because he's actually said Dennis Rader's name in connection with A Good Marriage, the daughter felt she had to say something.
Exploiting the victims? I don't believe so. It's been a while since I read the story, but I don't think the victims were focused on much at all. Like Mr. King stated in the article, it's about the wife, not the victims. He's not using anyone selfishly or unethically which is basically what exploiting means.

She may be horrified and embarrassed that she didn't realize he father was a monster (as we all would be), so she thinks focusing on that aspect is offensive. To me, it's just a look into how the innocent are affected by the guilty. I do feel very sorry for her to have to live with the knowledge of her father's crimes.
Both those girls have passed away, but their families sure could say something I guess. He uses a lot of his life experiences to influence a kernel of an idea. And yes, it's about the wife and about how the innocent are affected by the guilty. Nicely put.
 

morgan

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Every work of fiction is based on some level of truth. If Rader's daughter is as horrified (as she has every right to be) about her father's murderous past as she claims to be, stepping into the limelight to make these ugly comments isn't the best way to show it.
 
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