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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:44 am

NY prosecutors: 2 plotted to torture, kill women

NEW YORK (AP) Prosecutors say a former New York City high school librarian and a New Jersey man were systematic and deadly serious about plots to abduct, rape, torture and kill women and girls.

The defense says the men shared vile fantasies no more real than horror movies or violent pornography.

Closing arguments began Tuesday in the trial of librarian Christopher Asch and auto mechanic Michael Van Hise.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hadassa (hah-DAH'-sah) Waxman says the men scouted body-dumping locations and Van Hise sent Asch photos of possible targets and home information. She also says Asch bought a stun gun, a whip and handcuffs.

The case grew from an investigation involving a policeman accused of plotting cannibalism.

Defense lawyer Alice Fontier (fahn-tee-AY') says Van Hise just sprinkled morbid fetishes with true-to-life details.