'I'll help you if you'll help me'

Mother of murdered schoolgirl Ta'ir Rada speaks to wife of suspected killer.

tair rada 298.88 (photo credit: Channel 2)
tair rada 298.88
(photo credit: Channel 2)
"I'll help you if you'll help me" pleaded Ilana Rada, mother of slain Katzrin student Ta'ir Rada, in an astonishing phone conversation with Olga Zadorov, the wife of the man accussed in the murder, which was aired by Channel 2 on Wednesday night. Rada's mother asked Zadarov if she had seen her husband, Roman, the morning of the murder. "Yes," said Zadorov. "And there was no change in his behavior." She went on to say that "like every day he called me about 5:00 p.m. to ask if I could give him a ride home. I couldn't since I was busy with our kid, so he came home himself between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m." "Was he in the same clothes as when he left the house in the morning?" asked Rada. "Yes, but he never worked in the same clothes as he wore in the house," said Zadorov, explaining that he always left his work clothes along with his work tools at his place of work. Zadarov then said that after school her husband had told her what happened but she emphasized that he wasn't acting in a particularly strange manner. "When I heard that the murder took place in the bathroom I asked him where he was working that day. He told me he was working in 'Shelter 2,'" which, she said, was nowhere near the murder scene. Zadarov then spoke to Ta'ir Rada's father, who asked her to explain why Zadorov had initially confessed to killing the schoolgirl, before retracting his statement. "I don't know why he did this," she said. "They must have forced him to confess, he is very weak. I know my husband. He is quiet and calm." "You needn't be troubled by us," he reassured Zadarov. "If he is the murderer...if it is proven 100 percent...he should be punished. But if not, the entire police force and all of Israel needs to search for the true killer." Rada's mother then took back the phone and begged Zadorov to call them if she had anything which could be of assistance, adding: "Our entire aim is to find the real killer." 13-year-old Ta'ir Rada was found stabbed to death in the Nofei Golan High School bathroom on December 6. On December 20, police extracted a confession from 29-year-old Roman Zadorov, who admitted to murdering the eighth-grader in a bathroom at the high school and even reenacted the crime. But less than a day later, Zadorov recanted. Since then, the 29-year-old Russian immigrant has claimed that police pressured him in to a false confession.