Prosecutors Not Amused by Woman's Rape Ad 'Prank'

Kathy Rowe posed as another woman, said she liked men 'taking me while I say no'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2014 3:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – A San Diego woman distraught over losing out on her family's dream house carried out a perverse revenge scheme to have the home's new owner raped, prosecutors said. The defendant, Kathy Rowe, 52, says she was just pulling childish pranks, and indeed she began with such minor mischief as putting a stop on the husband-and-wife buyers' mail and sending religious missionaries to their doorstep, U-T San Diego reports. But prosecutors say she went too far when she posed as the wife in online adult entertainment ads titled "Carmel Valley Freak Show," inviting strange men over to the couple's home for sex and describing scenarios of a rape fantasy to those who responded.

"I love to be surprised and have a man just show up at my door and force his way in the door and on me, totally taking me while I say no," Rowe allegedly told the men who responded, in messages that included the wife's picture and address. One man actually tried to follow through twice, only to run into a locked gate the first time, and the husband the second. "I had to make an excuse for why I was there," the man wrote back to Rowe, who stopped communicating with him then. "I did not do things which I thought were harmful or scary," she said in a letter to the judge. But the couple was "definitely terrified," the DA says. "They went out and got all kinds of security." (Read more rape stories.)

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