BTK Suspect Complains

About Lawyers as Trial Nears

WICHITA -- Days before his trial is scheduled to begin, the man charged with the BTK serial slayings called a television station from jail and complained that his attorneys have not been giving him recent court filings. He also said his wife is contemplating divorce.

Dennis Rader talked on Friday to a reporter at KSNW who has close connections to his family, News Director Todd Spessard said Wednesday. Parts of the interview were aired Monday and Tuesday.

Rader complained about missing recent court filings and said he blames his attorneys. His trial is set to begin Monday.

"I don't want any negativism toward the people who are trying to help me. On the other hand, Rader needs to know what's going on," he said. "The paperwork needs to be coming down to him somehow."

Mark Orr, spokesman for the public defender's office, said that Rader's attorneys had no comment. "Whatever happens . . . will happen in court," he said.

Rader also said that Paula, his wife of 33 years, is considering a divorce, but that he is getting letters from her and his grown children.

Rader, 60, is accused of killing 10 people in the Wichita area from 1974 to 1991. The former Park City code inspector was arrested Feb. 25. For decades, BTK, which stands for "bind, torture, kill," taunted police with clues and messages.

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-- From News Services