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Woman Faces Life in Prison for Fake Rape Fantasy Ad Responses

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By Ephrat Livni, Esq. on July 27, 2016 12:59 PM

Some people can't take a break up and they want to make their exes pay when their love doesn't last. But a 29-year-old California woman is learning the hard way that revenge is a dish best not served at all.

Michelle Hadley could spend her life in state prison after responding to rape fantasy advertisements on Craigslist in the name of her ex-boyfriend's wife, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's Office. She is charged with numerous felony offenses, including six counts of attempted forcible rape.

What Went Wrong

Michelle Hadley dated a U.S. Marshal, who then decided to marry another woman. In June, the miffed Hadley sent numerous emails to the marshal's wife threatening her and making disparaging remarks about her husband. A restraining order was issued and Hadley was charged criminally for the threats. She was released on $100,000 bail pending resolution of the criminal case.

But the criminal consequences must not have seemed real at that point because Hadley upped the ante. She began, according to Orange County prosecutors, to respond to rape fantasy ads on Craigslist in the name of the other woman, referred to only as Jane Doe in the statement.

Dangerous Fantasies

In a scenario not unlike a recent Law and Order episode, Hadley told the strange men on Craigslist where Jane Doe lived and details about her daily routine. This led to several attempts at contact and one attack on Jane Doe that was successfully thwarted.

The Orange County DA's press release states, "Hadley is accused of telling the responders that the victim wanted the responders to have forcible sexual intercourse with her, even if she screamed or resisted. Several of the responders showed up at Jane Doe's residence with the intention of raping the victim but did not succeed. One responder arrived at Jane Doe's residence and physically attacked the victim before she was able to call for help and the man fled the scene."

The jilted Hadley now has much more to deal with than a broken heart. She is charged with multiple felony offenses, including stalking, criminal threats, and six counts of attempted forcible rape. If convicted, she could spend her whole life in state prison, according to the DA's press release.

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