Case 275

Michelle Hadley

*** Content warnings: Sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking ***

When Angela Connell met Ian Diaz, the pair began a whirlwind romance that quickly led to marriage and a growing family. But their newfound happiness was soon disturbed by a cyberstalking campaign with real world consequences.

Angela and Ian told detectives from the Anaheim Police Department that they knew exactly who was behind the scheme: Ian’s ex-girlfriend, Michelle Hadley. But all was not as it seemed…



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Hadley v City of Anaheim

United States of America v. Ian R Diaz – Indictment

United States of American v. Ian R Diaz – Government’s trial memorandum

Deputy U.S. Marshal charged with cyberstalking and perjury – U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs

Former Deputy U.S. Marshal sentenced for cyberstalking, perjury and obstruction – U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs



Woman poses as ex-boyfriend’s pregnant wife to post ‘rape fantasy’ Craigslist ads – NBC Los Angeles

A ‘rape fantasy’ plot sent her to jail. Now she’s fighting back – Buzzfeed News

California woman wins suit after being jailed in bogus ‘rape fantasy’ case – The Mercury News

Deputy U.S. Marshal convicted of framing ex-girlfriend over California condo dispute – The Orange County Register

Former U.S. marshal from Brea convicted of framing ex-girlfriend in ‘rape fantasy’ scheme – Los Angeles Times

Former U.S. Marshal convicted in twisted ‘rape fantasy’ plot – CBS News

Rape ads, fake sonograms and a catfisher’s web of lies – The Daily Beast

U.S. Marshal framed ex-gf as rape predator, had her jailed for months – The Daily Beast

Woman falsely accused of impersonating ex-boyfriend’s pregnant wife with rape ads, cops say – The Daily Beast

Cops say she catfished a rival into jail – and that was just the start – The Daily Beast

Real life ‘Gone Girl’ framed love rival in twisted Craigslist rape plot – The Daily Beast

Woman framed in rape fantasy plot speaks out after conviction of ex-U.S. Marshal – NBC News

How my white privilege protected me in jail – The Marshall Project



Dateline NBC – Diabolical

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