A woman from California has been arrested for taking catfishing to a frightening level after allegedly pretending to be her ex-boyfriend’s pregnant wife and responding to solicited “rape fantasies” on Craigslist.
Between June 6 and July 13 Michelle Suzanne Hadley, 29, of Ontario allegedly sent her ex’s wife life-threatening emails against her and her unborn child. She also sent negative comments about the victim’s husband, according to the Orange County DA.
Hadley reportedly dated her ex, a U.S. Marshals Service Agent, between 2013 and 2015.
On June 6 Hadley was served with a protective order prohibiting her from contacting her ex’s wife, an order that the defendant violated.
During the month of June, Hadley posed as her ex’s wife on Craiglist and responded to men advertising “rape fantasies,” according to the DA. She allegedly posted advertisements using the victim’s photos seeking to engage in “rape fantasies.” The posts solicited requests for men to break into her home and have sex with her against her will, even if she strongly resisted.
A few men attempted to rape the woman but were unsuccessful. One respondent reportedly physically attacked Hadley’s ex’s wife when he showed up at her house, and fled the scene before the victim could call for help.
Hadley was first arrested on June 24 and released the same day on $100,000 bail. She continued to harass her ex’s wife with disparaging emails and responded to “rape fantasy” advertisement, resulting in a second arrest on July 14, according to the DA.
Hadley faces charges of stalking with a restraining order, stalking, criminal threats, attempted forcible rape, assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense during the commission of first degree burglary, and one misdemeanor count of violation of a protective order with a sentencing enhancement allegation for crime-bail-crime.
She faces a lifetime sentence in prison if convicted of the charges. Her arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 19.