The fire department was called to a home due to a fire on Monday. Inside the home they found the body of Natalina Rader, 56, and her death was ruled a homicide. Missing from the home was her husband Kenneth Rader, 56. Police announced that her husband may be in danger and that he might be traveling to Ohio. He was last seen on Monday a few hours before the fire.

Several things came out after the fire. Neighbors have told media that Rader had been acting depressed and was selling or giving away his possessions and his dogs. He allegedly had told one neighbor that his wife had left him for another man and that he was moving back to Ohio. Neighbors reportedly said they had not seen Natalina in weeks. Her brother said he had been trying to reach his sister by phone for several weeks and that every time he called, Kenneth answered and said she was asleep or lying down.

Wednesday police in Columbus, Ohio arrested Kenneth Rader after he turned himself in. According to reports he was aware that authorities were looking for him. Allegedly he told them that he

“caught his wife with another man, killed her and then set their home on fire in an apparent attempt to cover up the crime.

Family has said the couple were married for almost 11 years and they do not believe she was having an affair. Neighbors say they seldom saw Natalina Rader outside the home, but they frequently saw Rader taking walks or walking his dogs.

According to reports, Natalina Rader was killed almost a month prior to the fire. He reportedly had lived in the home up until the fire.

Rader has been charged with murder and arson. Police say he has showed remorse.  

How do you live for almost a month in the same home with the wife you murdered? (shudder)



  1. Vidalia11 said,

    June 11, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    “How do you live for almost a month in the same home with the wife you murdered? (shudder)”

    I think someone who is very disturbed imagines that the spouse is “still alive” in some way and that they are “still together.” But his self-interest also compelled him to plan an exit strategy.

  2. Kim said,

    June 12, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    How do you live with someone for 11 years and not know he was a murderer. How do youlive with someone for 11 years and then decide to kill them?

    It is so scary how common murder suicides and a murdering spouse has become.

  3. tina said,

    June 22, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    This is my boyfriend’s mother and step-dad. Kenneth was truely a sweet man that wouldn’t harm anyone. This has come as a shock to all of us. How he could do something like this is unimaginable. Keep this family in your prayers.

  4. Curtisha said,

    June 25, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    This is my grandmother’s sister and my great uncle Ken. This has been a complete shock to my family because Ken was such a BIG teddy bear! Since I have gotten older and live in Columbus, OH I haven’t really seen my great-aunt Natalina in a few years, but I now think about her everyday because of something sooo tragic.

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