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Nancy Fox's father sues Rader

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at 8:24 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 1:45 p.m.

The father of BTK murder victim Nancy Fox filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against Dennis Rader, bringing to five the number of civil cases pending against the confessed serial killer.

Dale Fox said in the latest lawsuit that Rader's actions caused him to suffer mental anguish and lose the companionship that he had come to enjoy with his daughter before her death. The suit contends that Nancy Fox was put through severe emotional trauma prior to her death.

BTK stands for "bind them, torture them, kill them."

The suit, which in accordance with state legal guidelines seeks more than $75,000 in damages, also is asking for reasonable funeral expenses and for the wages Nancy Fox would have earned had she not been murdered.

The lawsuit contends that a series of communications from Rader, starting in March 2004, sought to create "extreme fear, anxiety and severe emotional distress in the family of Nancy Fox and the rest of the Wichita community."

Dale Fox's lawyer, James Thompson, said the lawsuit was being filed with the hope that it would "help deprive Dennis Rader of any financial support that would make his life in prison more bearable."

The civil lawsuits against Rader began popping up in Sedgwick County District Court shortly after he pleaded guilty on June 27 to 10 counts of first-degree murder. Other suits have been filed by relatives of BTK victims Vicki Wegerle, Marine Hedge, Shirley Vian Relford and Kathryn Bright.

Rader admitted during his plea that he broke into Nancy Fox's home on the night of Dec. 8, 1977, then strangled her after she arrived home from work.

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