A California woman accused of responding to “rape fantasy” Craigslist ads in order to get men to rape her ex-boyfriend’s new wife was exonerated of all charges by prosecutors, who say that the new wife was behind the scheme the whole time.
Angela Diaz, 31, is instead charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and perjury for framing her husband’s ex-girlfriend, Michelle Hadley, for the bizarre crimes.
“This is a complex and detailed case and I can’t share all of the details now,” said Tony Rackauckas, the Orange County District Attorney, in a statement. “I wanted to make sure, however, that Ms. Hadley is cleared in every possible way – in the courtroom, in the court of public opinion. It should be made clear in the media and in cyberspace. Ms. Hadley is an innocent victim of a diabolical scheme.”
Hadley dated Diaz’s husband, Ian Diaz, for two years before Angela married him several months later. Prosecutors are not charging Ian Diaz for any crime in relation to the scheme.
Angela Diaz told police beginning in June that men had been coming to her house with the understanding that they would be roleplaying a “rape” scenario together as a consensual sexual act. She also told police beginning in June that she had been receiving emails from Hadley in which Hadley supposedly threatened to have Diaz raped.
In fact, Diaz was contacting these rape fetishists herself, prosecutors now say.
In July, Diaz called 911 and falsely reported that a man tried to rape her in her garage, prosecutors said, appearing to go as far as to rip her own shirt and fake injuries when police came to help her. Hadley was arrested that evening.
While Hadley spent three months in jail, investigators worked to reveal the true source of the emails. The sender used VPNs and proxy servers to hide their originating network, making this work difficult—but eventually, law enforcement unmasked that Diaz’s home and cellular networks were the true source of the emails.
Angela Diaz, prosecutors say, is apparently a serial liar who faked a pregnancy with twins and pretended to be an attorney. She even impersonated another one of Ian Diaz’s girlfriends over email.
Diaz is charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, perjury, and other felonies and misdemeanors.