KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Friends, family and colleagues of former Jackson County prosecutor Albert Riederer are remembering him and mourning his death. Riederer died early Friday morning at age 67.
Riederer served as Jackson County prosecutor for three terms from 1981 to 1993. He was also a Missouri state judge and civic leader.
Many remember him as the man who prosecuted serial killer Bob Berdella in the mid-80s, but retired judge Charles Atwell said he remembers Riederer for a different case.
"Was a guy named Shae Lamont Jackson who was convicted of murder and he was innocent and Albert had only been in office a couple of years at this time -- maybe just one year, and long story short, when it became obvious that this guy was innocent, Albert was instrumental in getting him released from prison," Atwell said.
During the O.J. Simpson trial in 1995, Riederer frequently appeared on FOX 4 to provide expert commentary on courtroom events. He was known for his professionalism and legal knowledge.
In 2007, Riederer ran for mayor, finishing third to Mark Funkhouser and Alvin Brooks.
Senator Claire McCaskill released this statement Thursday afternoon:
“Albert was a great boss to me when I was a young assistant prosecutor. Albert pushed me to learn more and take risks. He was a terrific political mentor, and an even better lifelong friend and supporter. His eyes always twinkled and his brain never stopped—he was brilliant, and his legions of friends will miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with Sandy, and their two children.”
And from Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders:
“Today, we lost a truly great human being. Albert dedicated much of his life and career
to helping improve the lives of others. His contributions as an elected official, civic
leader, and mentor are still felt today. As Jackson County Prosecutor, he set an
example for all other prosecutors to follow. Although he is no longer with us, Albert’s
spirit will live on, both in the people he touched and in the community that he cared so
The flags at all county buildings are being flown at half-staff in honor of Riederer.