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Victim's family files suit against Rader

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at 8:24 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 11:32 a.m.

The daughter of one of the 10 people Dennis Rader has admitted murdering as the serial killer BTK filed a wrongful death lawsuit Friday in Sedgwick County District Court.

Carolyn Hook's mother, Marine Hedge, was killed by Rader on April 27, 1985, in what the filing describes as "an outrageous, cruel, wanton and heinous manner."

Hedge's murder had remained unsolved for nearly 20 years until Rader confessed to the crime following his arrest near his Park City home Feb. 25. Hook's civil suit asks for more than $75,000 in damages for Hedge's wrongful death, more than $75,000 in damages for her own emotional distress, and for the payment of her mother's funeral expenses.

Rod and Carolyn Hook filed for bankruptcy about 20 years ago, but Rod Hook said his wife's lawsuit is not about getting money — it's about preventing Rader from making money from any books, movies or appearances.

"No one should profit from these heinous activities," Hook said. "My wife's not in this to make one red cent. That's not going to bring her mother back."

The lawsuit was filed as a class action, open to including heirs of Rader's other nine victims.

In addition to Hedge, Rader on Monday admitted to killing Joseph, Julie, Josephine and Joseph Otero Jr. on Jan. 15, 1974; Kathryn Bright on April 4, 1974; Shirley Vian Relford on March 17, 1977; Nancy Fox on Dec. 8, 1977; Vicki Wegerle on Sept. 16, 1986; and Dolores Davis on Jan. 19, 1991. His sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 17.

Hook said his wife has no interest in interfering with the planned auction of Dennis Rader's home on July 11.

The money from that sale should go to Rader's wife and two grown children, Hook said.

"My wife does not want to take away from Mrs. Rader — that (sale) has absolutely nothing to do with what Mr. Rader did," Hook said. "His family's been victims just like all of the rest of us."

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