Rader: Again, Vicki Wegerle was another potential victim. I went through those different phases, I locked in on her as I would call it, and decided I would try that day. I used a ruse as a telephone repairman to get into her house. I drove over there in my own personal car around lunchtime, or it was earlier in the morning than that. I actually went somewhere else and changed my clothes, what I call my "hit" clothes.
Waller: Hit clothes?
Rader: Basically different, things I would need to get rid of later. Not the same kind of clothes I had on. I don't know what better word to use, crime clothes, I just call them hit clothes. I walked from my car as a telephone repairman. As I walked there, I donned a telephone helmet, I had a briefcase -- I went to one other address just to kind of size up the house. I had walked by it a couple of times, but I wanted to size it up more. As I approached it, I could hear a piano sound and I went to this other door and knocked on it and told them that we were recently working on telephone repairs in the area. Went to hers, knocked on the door, asked her if I could come check her telephone lines inside.
Waller: did she allow you in?
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Rader: Yes, she did. I went over and found out where the telephone was and simulated that I was checking the telephone. I had a make-believe instrument. And after she was looking away, I drew a pistol on her.
Waller: Is this the same .357 Magnum?
Rader: This was a different one.
Waller: You asked her to go back to the bedroom with you after drawing the pistol on her?
Rader: Yes, sir.
Waller: What happened then?
Rader: I told her I was going to have to tie her up. She was very upset. I think I used some material. That's another thing -- I think I used some material that was in their bedroom, and after I tied her hands, she broke that. We started fighting. And we fought quite a bit back and forth.
Waller: She was physically fighting you?
Rader: Oh, yes sir.
Waller: What happened then?
Rader: I finally got the hand on her and got a nylon sock and started strangling her.
Waller: So you wrapped the stocking around her neck? What happened then?
Rader: I gained on her and put her down and I thought she was dead, but after she was down and not moving any more, I rearranged her clothes a little bit and took some quick photos, three of them, if I remember.
After that, there was a lot of commotion. She had mentioned something about her husband coming home, so I got out of there pretty quick. The dogs were raising a lot of Cain in the back, the doors and windows were all open in the house, and a lot of noise when we were fighting. So I left pretty quick after that, put everything in the briefcase, and I had already gone through her purse and got the keys to the car and used her car for my getaway car.
Waller: You indicate that you thought that she was dead. Did you discover later that she was not dead?
Rader: Yes. I guess the paramedics arrived and tried to attempt to revive her and that failed. I don't know if she died there or at the hospital. I don't recollect.
Waller: But you later found out she did die as a result of your strangulation?Rader: Yes