Yes, it is possible for the Lebanon, Missouri, sex torture case to get even weirder. One of the men accused of sex trafficking is accused of offering a "professional killer" $20,000 to snuff out the victim and a federal prosecutor.
The Kansas City Star reported that 32-year-old Bradley Cook allegedly tried to hire a hit man while locked up in a private jail for federal inmates in Leavenworth. This, as you can imagine, didn't sit well with the feds.
"We consider it a serious matter whenever there are allegations of anyone making threats against crime victims or attorneys in our office," U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips reportedly said in a statement.
Cook's alleged murder-for-hire plot was discovered on November 15 and came out as Cook sought to be released on bond. The victim was reportedly moved to protective custody. The federal prosecutor allegedly targeted was assistant U.S. attorney Cynthia Cordes. From the Star:
ProsecutorsIn court documents, prosecutors wrote that Cook supposedly believed "that if he had murdered ... Cordes that the case against him
alleged that Cook had attempted to give details about his alleged
victim's location and information about Cordes' family, home, work hours
and personal history to a "professional killer." Cook also made plans
to create an offshore account into which $20,000 would be wired to pay
for the murders, the filing alleged.
would be dismissed against him."
Pretty sure the law doesn't work that way.
Cook's attorney, Carter Collins Law, reportedly responded that the allegations were "dramatic," "incendiary" and "extraordinarily inflammatory." True, but are they false?
Cook and four other men have pleaded not guilty in the sex torture case in which federal prosecutors alleged that the men held captive and tortured a young woman with mental disabilities.
Among the allegations against the men were waterboarding, forced abortions and
sewing the woman's "urinary opening and vagina shut," among several
The man accused of orchestrating
it all was 43-year-old Ed Bagley, whose wife has since come to his defense.
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