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FBI: Abduction Suspect Viewed Sexual Fetish Website Before Kidnapping

Abduction suspect Brendt Christensen, via LinkedIn.

Abduction suspect Brendt Christensen, via LinkedIn.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

About two months before police say he kidnapped a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois, the 28-year-old suspect appears to have visited the most popular sexual fetish networking site on the internet.

Brendt Allen Christensen was charged in the June 9 abduction of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang, who authorities believe is dead. On April 19, federal investigators said Christensen used his phone to visit FetLife.com, a forum that included threads called “Perfect abduction fantasy” and “planning a kidnapping,” CNN reports. 

Christensen, who remains behind bars, is expected in federal court in Urbana on Monday.

FetLife bills itself as “the Social Network for the BDSM, Fetish & Kinky Community” and was created in 2008 by Canadian software developer John Baku. Since then, the site claims to have more than 5 million registered members.

The site dubs itself as a “safe place for kinksters” and is only intended for consensual adults.

According to the FBI, Zhang was kidnapped during the day after she was running late to sign a lease. Authorities believe she agreed to hop in the case with Christensen, a stranger, after missing two buses.

During surveillance, the FBI said Christensen admitted to kidnapping the Chinese scholar.

FBI Offers $20,000 Reward for Missing Wife of Beheaded Man in Georgia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hoping to help solve a gruesome murder and abduction case in Georgia, the FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for leading to the discovery of the wife of an 88-year-old Georgia man who was found decapitated, CNN reports.

The FBI said it will pay “up to $20,000 for information leading to the location of Shirley Wilcox Dermond and/or the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for her disappearance,” according to Special Agent Stephen Emmett of the FBI’s Atlanta office.

The search also continues for the man’s head after authorities said he was killed between May 2 and May 4.

The FBI posted at least 100 billboards with Dermond’s description throughout Georgia.

Video: Before Ariel Castro Hanged Himself in Jail, He Revealed A Lot

 

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

When Ariel Castro hanged himself in his jail cell earlier this week, he left behind many questions.

How was he able to avoid arrest for abducting and raping women? Why did he do it?

Some of the answers can be found in recently obtained FBI video of the convicted kidnapper, who said authorities had chances to catch him much earlier than they did, Today reports.

Castro also said his girlfriend had suspicions.

“She seen that I had a TV on in the upstairs room,’’ Castro said in the interrogation video. “And she says, ‘What is that? You have a TV on up there?’ And my heart started beating, and I was like, ‘Okay, she’s probably catching onto something.’”

6 Colombians Charged in Kidnapping, Murder of DEA Agent in Taxi Cab

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Six Colombians accused of in the death of a DEA agent last month have been indicted by a federal grand jury for kidnapping and murder, the Associated Press reports.

DEA Agent Terry Watson was working in Colombia when he was allegedly attacked in a taxi cab in what officials say was a robbery attempt.

Watson, who was on temporary duty in Bogota, was stabbed to death and shot with a stun gun.

According to investigators, the six Colombians operated an abduction and robbery ring by luring people into taxi cabs.

Abuctions by Non-Custodial Parents up 50 Percent in Last Year

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is reporting a disturbing trend in non-custodial parents abducting their children to retaliate against the legal custodian.

Instances of such abuse rose 50% last year, the FBI reported. The reasons vary from seeking revenge to trying to get the former partner back.

“Unfortunately, the threat of violence – and death – in these cases is all too real,” said Ashli-Jade Douglas, an FBI analyst in the Violent Crimes Against Children Intelligence Unit, which specializes in child-abduction matters. “ Most non-custodial parental abductors want retaliation. They feel that if they can’t have the child full time—or any amount of time—then the other parent shouldn’t have the child, either.”