Archive for Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wichita officer who led BTK case retires

March 13, 2012


— A lieutenant who was the public face of the Wichita police department during several high-profile investigations, including the capture of the BTK serial killer, has retired.

Lt. Ken Landwehr retired Monday after 35 years with the Wichita police force, the last 20 as commander of the homicide unit.

The Wichita Eagle reports Landwehr helped his unit solve most of 600 homicides it investigated. During a ceremony attended hundreds of co-workers and friends, he gave credit to the detectives in the unit.

He was best known for his work on the BTK case and the prosecution of Reginald and Jonathan Carr, who were sentenced to death for killing four people in 2000.

Speakers at his retirement ceremony praised Landwehr as a dedicated, top-flight detective who will be difficult to replace.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 1 month ago

Some say that your pension is the pay that you receive for the work you do in your dreams at night.

I hope that Lt. Ken Landwehr does not every relive his work in his dreams at night, because his days doing that are now over. And, I hope that a very competent person who can handle such a difficult and important position can be found.

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if the detective ever imagined that the killer would be a graduate from Kansas Wesleyan University, president of the Christ Lutheran Church Congregation Council, city compliance officer, and a cub scout leader? Enjoy retirement. You earned it!

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