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'Dateline NBC' to air Dennis Rader interview

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at 8:24 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 1:54 p.m.

Sedgwick County prosecutors went to court today seeking a copy of a videotape of a psychologist's interview with serial killer Dennis Rader. They said part of the interview is scheduled to broadcast this week on national television.

Deputy District Attorney Kevin O'Connor said in court papers that the tape is scheduled to be broadcast Friday on "Dateline NBC." The network has been promoting the interview by Harvard neuropsychologist Robert Mendoza as "the first exclusive look inside the mind of the man."

O'Connor said in a motion that the interview was conducted after Rader pleaded guilty June 27 to 10 counts of first-degree murder. Rader is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

O'Connor said that if Mendoza is going to testify on Rader's behalf at the sentencing, prosecutors are entitled to examine copies of any reports and notes prepared during his evaluation of Rader.

A hearing on the motion has been scheduled for Thursday.

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