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Sunday, July 13, 2014

BTK's former home will be torn down


Park City has bought the house that once belonged to BTK serial killer Dennis Rader.

The city plans to tear it down to provide an entryway to a small park just behind it, Mayor Dee Stuart said.

The city bought the house from Rader's former wife, Paula, for a little less than $60,000, Stuart said.

The Park City Council voted in November to authorize the purchase. Closing was last week, Stuart said.

"We were quiet about it," she said. "We decided we'd just as soon not have this all over the place."

The house on Independence Street, where Dennis and Paula Rader lived for 25 years, will be demolished before spring, Stuart said. The city wants to clear an entryway to Jardine Memorial Park, which has trees, swings, a half basketball court and a small parking lot.

The park is surrounded by houses, and access is limited, she said. The city has been talking about improving access to the park for years.

"We'd have to buy somebody's house to knock it down in order to do that," Stuart said. "So that's what we're going to do."

Rader's house first sold at auction in July 2005 to Michelle Borin, owner of exotic dance club Michelle's Beach House in Derby. But that sale collapsed because the title couldn't be transferred to her after a debate over the proceeds went to court.

Borin had paid $90,000 for the property, about $33,000 above its appraised value.

She had hoped to make the house into a place to stay for out-of-towners needing medical care, or for families visiting patients in medical facilities.

"I'm OK with it, I guess, if that's what they want to do with it," Borin said of Park City's purchase.

"I was just trying to help out a little bit, and it's a shame I couldn't fulfill what I wanted to do with the place," she said.

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