The plot thickens..
"Rather was confronted about 11 p.m. while walking on Park Avenue. When he tried to walk away, he was punched from behind and knocked to the ground.
The attacker then chased Rather into a building and kicked him several times in the back.
At the time, it was thought Rather might have been a victim of mistaken identity. But Dietz told the newspaper that Tager admitted attacking Rather
after running into the newsman by chance and recognizing him.
Tager was in New York City at the time because he mistakenly thought he had an appointment with a female television personality to talk about ending
the hostile messages, and had just been stood up when he saw Rather.
''It was a chance encounter with someone from a target victim class,'' Dietz said. In fact, Tager told the psychiatrist he had considered doing
more harm to Rather but had decided against it.
Tager, 49, of Charlotte, N.C., later pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the slaying of stagehand Campbell Montgomery and was sentenced to 25 years in
prison. Tager was trying to take an assault rifle into the street-level ''Today'' studio at Rockefeller Center and opened fire when Montgomery
pointed him out to police.
The district attorney's office said charges won't be filed in the Rather attack because the statute of limitations has run out. Tager's lawyer,
John Esposito, told the News there are still questions as to whether Tager was involved.
CBS spokeswoman Kim Akhtar said Rather didn't want to talk further about the incident.
Certainly it wasn't a career highlight for Rather, who has anchored the ''CBS Evening News'' since replacing Walter Cronkite in 1981.
Dietz said he believes Tager never called Rather ''Kenneth,'' and Rather has said he's not certain that was the word he heard."
So, if he didn't call him Kenneth, what word did Rather misunderstand? Does rather secretly know what word he said and the frequency?
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