describes the Otero family murders
WICHITA, Kansas --
Judge Gregory Waller: In regards to count one, please tell me
in your own words what you did on the 15th day of January in 1974
here in Sedgwick County, Kansas that makes you believe you are
guilty of murder in the first-degree.
On January 15th 1974, I maliciously intentionally in premeditation
killed Joseph Otero. On Count two..
Alright Mr Rader, I need to find out more information. On that
particular day, the 15th day of January 1974, can you tell me where
you went to kill Mr. Joseph Otero?
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Alright, can you tell me approximately what time of day you went
7:00 and 7:30.
At this particular location, did you know these people?
No, that's was part
of my uh, I guess my, what you'd call fantasy. These people were
Alright, so you were engaged in some kind of fantasy during this
period of time?
Alright, when you use the term 'fantasy', is this something you were
doing for your personal pleasure?
It was a sexual
So you went to this residence? And what occurred there?
Well uh, I had did
some thinking about what I was going to do to either Mrs. Otero or
Josephine. And I basically broke into the house, or I didn't break
into the house but when they came out of the house I came in and
confronted the family and we went from there.
Had you planned this before hand?
To some degree yes.
After I got into the house I lost control of it but in the back of
my mind I had some idea of what I was going to do. I basically
panicked that first day, so.
Before hand, did you know who was there in the house?
I thought Mrs. Otero
and the two kids, the two younger kids from the house. I didn't
realize Mr. Otero was going to be there.
Alright, how did you get into the house?
I came through the
back door. Cut the phone lines. Waited at the back door. Had
reservations about even going or just walking away but pretty soon
the door opened and I was in.
Alright so the door opened? Was it opened for you?
I think one of the
kids. I think Junior.. the younger, Joseph opened the door. He
probably let the dog out. The dog was in the house at that time.
Alright, when you went into the house, what happened?
Well I confronted
the family. I pulled a pistol. I confronted Mr. Otero and asked him
to, that I was there, that basically I was wanted. I wanted to get
the car -- I was hungry, food, I was wanted -- and asked them to lie
down in the living room. At that time I realized that wouldn't be a
really good idea so I finally.. The dog was a real problem so I
asked Mr. Otero to get the dog out so he had one of the kids put it
out. And then I took them back into the bedroom.
You took who back to the bedroom?
The family. The
bedroom. The four members.
Alright, what happened then?
I tied them up.
While still holding them at gunpoint?
Well, in between
tying, I guess.
Alright, after you tied them up, what did you do?
Well, they started
complaining about being tied. I re-loosened their bonds a couple of
times. I tried to make Mr. Otero as comfortable as I could.
Apparently he had a cracked ribbed from a car accident so I had him
put a pillow down for his head. I think he had put a parka or a coat
underneath him. Um, they talked to me about giving me the car or
money -- I don't think they had very much money. And there, I
realized that, you know I didn't have a mask on or anything, they'd
already ID'd me. And I made the decision to go ahead to put 'em
down, I guess. Strangle them.
Alright, what did you do to Joseph Otero?
Joseph Otero Senior, Mr. Otero, the father.
I put a plastic bag
over his head and then some cords and tightened it.
This was in the bedroom?
Did he in fact suffocate and die as a result of this?
Not right away. No
sir, he didn't.
Well, after that, I
did Mrs. Otero. I had never strangled anyone before so I really
didn't know how much pressure you had to put on a person or how long
it would take. Butů
Was she also tied up there?
Yes, uh-huh. Both
their hands and their feet were tied up.
Where were the children?
Well, Josephine was
on the bed and junior was on the floor at this time.
So, we're talking about first of all about Joseph Otero. So you put
the bag over his head and tied it. And he did not die right away.
Can you tell me what happened in regards to Joseph Otero.
He moved over real
quick like and, I think, tore a hole in the bag and I could tell he
was having some problems there. But at that time the whole family
just went, uh, they went panicked on me so I worked pretty quick.
You worked pretty quick. What did you do?
Well, I mean I
strangled Mrs. Otero and she went out, or passed out. I thought she
was dead. She passed out. Then I strangled Josephine. She passed
out, or I thought she was dead. And then I went over and put a bag
on Junior's head. And then, if I remember right, Mrs. Otero came
back. She came back and...
Let me ask you about Joseph Otero Senior. You indicated he had torn
a hole in the bag. What did you do with him then?
I put another bag
over it. Either that or, I recollect, I put a cloth or a t-shirt
over it, over his head, then another bag.
Did he subsequently die?
Well, yes. I mean I
was, I didn't just stay there and watch him, I was moving around the
Alright, so you indicated you had strangled Mrs. Otero after you had
did this. Is that correct?
Yeah I went back and
strangled her again. And then that finally killed her at that time.
So this is in regards to Count Two. You had, first of all, put the
bag over Joseph Otero's head and he tore a hole in the bag. Then you
went ahead, did you strangle Mrs. Otero then?
Okay, first of all
Mr. Otero was strangled, or a bag put over his head and strangled.
Then I thought he was going down. Then I went over and strangled
Mrs. Otero and I thought she was down. Then I strangled Josephine. I
thought she was down. And then I went over to Junior and put the bag
on his head. After that, Mrs. Otero woke back up and, you know, she
was pretty upset with what's going on so I came back and, at that
point in time, strangled her with a death strangle at that time.
With your hands?
No, with a cord.
With a rope. And then, I think at that point in time, I redid Mr.
Otero. I put the bag over his head, went over and took Junior... Oh,
before that she asked me to save her son so I actually had taken the
bag off, and then I was really upset at that point in time, so
basically, when Mr. Otero was down, Mrs. Otero was down I went ahead
and took Junior, put another bag over his head and took him to the
other bedroom at that time.
What did you do then?
Put a bag over his
head. I put a cloth over his head -- a t-shirt and a bag so he
couldn't tear a hole in it -- and he subsequently died from that.
Then when I went back, Josephine had woke back up.
What did you do then?
I took her to the
basement and eventually hung her.
You hung her in the basement?
Did you do anything else at that time?
Yes, I had some
sexual fantasies. That was after she was hung.
Alright. What did you do then?
I went through the
house, kind of cleaned it up. It's called the "right hand rule", you
go from room to room and pick everything up. I think I took Mr
Otero's watch. And I guess I took a radio. I had forgotten about
that, but apparently I took a radio.
Why did you take those things?
I don't know. I have
no idea. Just a...
What happened then?
I got the keys to
the car. In fact I had the keys, I think, earlier before that
because I wanted to make sure that I had a way of getting out of the
house. I cleaned the house a little bit, made sure everything was
cleaned up and left through the front door. I went over to their car
and then drove over to Dillon's and left the car there. And
eventually I walked back to my car.
Alright. Sir, from what you had just said, I take it that the facts
you just told me, applied to all of counts 1, 2, 3, 4. Is that
Now, Mr. Rader...
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