With Facebook being such a simple website to create an online identity, it’s no wonder that people abuse the social networking platform by creating false online identities and pretending to be someone else. Sometimes the fake identities are created just for fun, to make a profit by promoting a product or service, or even for malicious purposes getting back at a person or bullying them online. In the case of Angela Voelkert, she created a fake Facebook profile for tricking her ex-husband, David Voelkert, into acting in a way that would make him look like a bad parent in the custody battle for their children.
Angela’s plan was simple: she would find a picture of a teenage girl to use for the fake profile. She then asked a friend to pose as this persona and write to her ex-husband so that he wouldn’t recognize her style of writing. Once Angela, or the fictional 17-year-old Jessica Studebaker, gained David’s trust, she would be able to get all kinds of dirt on him that would allow her to win the custody battle for their children.
And the plot worked well for Angela. Perhaps too well, as she found out that her ex-husband was actually planning to have her killed. In his messages with “Jessica,” David wrote that his marriage is having a terrible effect on himself and his children, and that he was looking to hire someone to kill his ex-wife for $10,000:
“Once she is gone, I don’t have to hide with my kids… I can do what I want and not have to worry about not seeing my family anymore. You should find someone at your school. There should be some gang-bangers there that would put a cap in her ass for $10,000. I am done with her crap!”
“See, I am taking care of everything! I will finally be free, my kids can grow up and not be around all the hatred, it will be over. With me gone with my kids, the police can’t pin anything on me as I will be in another state, so I will be fine. Will you be ready to go with me on the 10th? Let me know, baby!” wrote David Voelkert, the 38 year old electronics salesman.
It wasn’t too long before his ex-wife went to the police to file a restraining order and have David arrested. After spending four days in jail, however, David was promptly released and found innocent of all the charges.
It turns out that David wasn’t interested in a relationship with a fictitious 17 year old or causing physical harm to his ex-wife. Instead, when first approached by “Jessica,” David knew something was out of the ordinary and suspected that it was really his ex-wife trying to trick him into acting immorally. In an effort to confirm his suspicions, he decided to play along, but not before writing an affidavit about his real intentions and getting it notarized by a local bank. The affidavit read:
“I am lying to this person to gain positive proof that it is indeed my ex-wife trying to again tamper in my life,” he wrote in the affidavit. “In no way do I have plans to leave with my children or do any harm to Angela Dawn Voelkert or anyone else.”
To make sure that he would later be able to prove his innocence, David left a copy for himself, and also gave a copy to a relative for safekeeping. He showed this affidavit to the police, which caused all the charges against him to be dropped and his name to be cleared of all accusations.
As for his conniving wife, it is unclear if there will be any charges against her, but one thing is for sure: this will not make her look any better in the custody battle for their children.
(Via True Crime Report)