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Rader's mail ban on docket today

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at 8:24 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 11:23 a.m.

A hearing is set for this afternoon to determine whether Dennis Rader will be allowed to receive mail from journalists and have contact with a Topeka woman who intends to write a book based on their correspondence.

Sedgwick County District Judge Greg Waller is expected to rule on a request filed by Rader's lawyers asking the judge to rescind previous court orders barring such contacts.

Rader, 60, pleaded guilty Monday to killing 10 people in the Wichita area from 1974 to 1991 as the serial killer BTK. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 17.

Georgia Cole, spokeswoman for the Sedgwick County district attorney's office, told the Associated Press: "The mere fact a person files a motion doesn't mean it is in the best interest of the state or anyone else.... We have not agreed that it would be appropriate."

The public defender's office told The Eagle that Rader asked for the motion.

Since his arrest in late February, Rader's mail from media outlets has been rerouted to his court-appointed lawyers. In the motion to rescind that order, his lawyers argue that Rader's guilty plea makes the prohibition on receiving mail from the media no longer necessary.

The motion also seeks to allow him contact with Kristin Casarona, a Topeka woman who visited Rader in jail about 10 times before the judge barred further contact. She plans to write to a book about Rader's life.

The motion contends contact should be allowed because Rader's guilty plea means Casarona is no longer a potential witness in the case.

Casarona told AP that she and Rader want to discuss things for the book, such as the crimes, which they could not talk about before his guilty plea.

"We did have a faith-based rapport going — an inspirational, uplifting, Christian rapport," she said. "I think that is important for him to retain. My whole goal is I saw a hurting soul, someone who needed spiritual uplifting."

Casarona said she planned to be in Wichita today to attend the hearing.

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