Rader: Nancy Fox was another one of the projects. When I was trolling the area, I noticed her go into the house one night and anyway put her down as a potential.
Waller: Let me ask you, you say you are patrolling the area?
Rader: It is called stalking, or trolling.
Waller: So you were not working in any form or fashion?
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Rader: If you read much about serial killers, they go through what they call different phases. That's one of the phases they go through, is a trolling stage. Basically, you are looking for a victim at that time. You could be trolling for months or years, but once you lock in on a certain person, then you become stalking. That might be several of them, but you really hone in that person, they basically become the -- that's the victim.
(Judge thought he said patrolling.)
Rader: No, I wasn't working, sir. This was off my hours.
Waller: All right. So you basically identified Nancy Fox as one of your projects? What happened then?
Rader: First, she was spotted. I did a little homework. I dropped by once to check her mailbox, to see what her name was. Found out where she worked, stopped by there once, Helzbergs. Sized her up. The more I knew about a person, the more I felt comfortable. So I did that a couple of times. Then, I just selected a night, which was this particular night, to try it and it worked out.
Waller: So tell me what you did on the night of 12/8/77.
Rader: About two or three blocks away, I parked my car and I walked to that residence. I knocked at the door first to see if anybody was in there because I knew she arrived home at a particular time from where she worked. Nobody answered the door so I went to the back of the house, cut the phone lines, there wasn't anybody in the north apartment, broke in and waited for her to come home in the kitchen.
Waller: And did she come home?
Rader: Yes, she did.
Waller: What happened?
Rader: I confronted her, told her I had a problem, sexual problem, that I would have to tie her up and have sex with her. She was a little upset and we talked awhile and she smoked a cigarette. While we smoked a cigarette, I went through her purse identifying some stuff, and she finally said, well let's get this over with so I can call the police. So I said OK. She said, can I go to the bathroom. I said yes. She went to the bathroom. And I told her when she came out, make sure she was undressed. When she came out I handcuffed her.
Waller: You handcuffed her? You had a pair of handcuffs?
Rader: Yes, sir.
Waller: Then what happened next?
Rader: Anyway, I handcuffed her, had her lay on the bed and I tied her feet. I was also undressed to a certain degree and then I got on top of her and I reached over, took either her feet were tied or not tied but I think I had a belt. Anyway, I took the belt and strangled her at that time.
Waller: All right, after you had strangled her, what happened next?
Rader: After I strangled her with the belt, I took the belt off and retied that with panty hose, real tight, removed the handcuffs and tied those with pantyhose. I can't remember the colors right now. I think I may have retied her feet. They were probably already tied, her feet were. And then at that time, I masturbated sir.
Waller: Had you had sexual relations with her?
Rader: No, I told her I was, but I did not.
Waller: So you masturbated, then what did you do?
Rader: Dressed, then went through the house, took some of her personal items, then I cleaned the house up, went through and checked everything.