Man Messes With Ex-Wife; Almost Charged With Attempted Murder

(Original stories at The Smoking Gun here and the New York Post here.)

Although this man knew that his ex-wife was messing with him AND managed to prove it to prosecuters, there is a lesson to be learned here: Beware of what you say and post on Facebook!

She’s no ‘friend’ of hubby

Facebook wife trips up ‘slay plot’ spouse

By LEONARD GREENE

Last Updated: 7:33 AM, June 9, 2011

Posted: 12:41 AM, June 9, 2011

And what she learned was astounding: he was plotting to kill her and run off with their kids, law-enforcement authorities believe.

Voelkert, 29, created a fake profile of a teen named Jessica Studebaker last month, complete with a picture of an anonymous teenybopper, and became Facebook friends with her gullible hubby, David, 38.

The identity of the pictured girl, who has no involvement with the couple, is not known, nor is it clear where Angela obtained the photo.

David soon allegedly confessed to his new friend that he had secretly placed a GPS tracking device in Angela’s van and was using it to locate her when he was allegedly ready to have her whacked.

He even allegedly asked the “girl” to find a “gang-banger” at her school who’d be willing to do the job for $10,000.

“I have a GPS on her van, so I know where she is all the time,” David allegedly wrote in an e-mail message.

“I am going to find someone to take care of her and now it will be easier because I know where she is at all times.”

David, a video- and audio-equipment salesman in South Bend, Ind., was arrested Friday and charged in federal court with illegally installing the GPS device. Officials said he could face more serious charges.

The dopey dad went on to spell out his plan to kill the mother of his children, never once suspecting that the incriminating messages were going straight to her, officials said.

“Once she is gone, I don’t have to hide with my kids,” David wrote, according to court papers.

“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!”

David asked the “teen” to run away with him after his wife was out of the picture.

“See, I am taking care of everything!” David wrote on May 31. “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!”

He signed off with a smiley face.

Charges Dropped In Facebook Spy Vs. Spy Case

Suspect knew ex was behind teen girl’s phony profile

JUNE 9–In an embarrassing about-face, federal prosecutors yesterday abruptly dropped criminal charges against an Indiana man who they accused of bugging his ex-wife’s automobile.

The FBI last Friday arrested David Voelkert, 38, largely on the basis of messages the South Bend man recently exchanged with a purported 17-year-old Facebook friend named “Jessica Studebaker.”

In fact, the “Studebaker” account was created last month by Voelkert’s ex-wife Angela, 29, in an apparent bid to extract information she could use against him in an ongoing child custody fight.

As described in an FBI affidavit, David Voelkert’s Facebook correspondence with “Studebaker” included an admission that he had placed a GPS device in his ex-wife’s vehicle to surreptitiously monitor her movements. He also wrote about his desire to “find someone to take care of” Angela, and told “Studebaker” that “you should find someone at your school…that would put a cap in her ass for $10,000.”

For her part, Angela Voelkert sought to use the Facebook exchanges against her ex-husband. In a June 1 Superior Court application for a restraining order against him, Voelkert attached several pages of Facebook messages exchanged between “Studebaker” and David Voelkert. The messages showed her ex-husband telling “Studebaker” about the tracking device, as well as his concern the teenager could “get arrested as an accessory to all this.”

Voelkert spent four days in custody until federal prosecutors moved yesterday to drop charges against him. He was freed after proving to investigators that he knew all along that his ex-wife was the one sending him messages from the “Studebaker” account. Voelkert explained that he played along with the ruse so that he could use his ex-spouse’s machinations against her in their custody case.

To support this contention, Voelkert provided FBI agents with a May 25 notarized affidavit in which he describes receiving a friend request from “Jessica Studebaker,” whom he suspected was his ex-wife. “I am lying to this person,” he stated, “to gain positive proof that it is indeed my ex-wife trying to again tamper in my life.” He added, “In no way do I have plans to leave with my children or do any harm to Angela Dawn Voelkert or anyone else.”

The allegedly incriminating Facebook messages sent by Voelkert came on May 31, six days after his sworn affidavit was notarized. Voelkert kept one copy of the affidavit, and gave a relative a second copy for safekeeping.

Federal investigators, who interviewed the bank employee who notarized the affidavit on May 25, confirmed that the document was authentic, triggering the government motion yesterday to dismiss Voelkert’s case. “The request is based upon information learned in the government’s ongoing investigation of the case,” wrote prosecutor Jesse Barrett, who declined to comment about the matter when contacted by a TSG reporter.

Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein yesterday signed an order dismissing the case against Voelkert.

The “Studebaker” account remains on Facebook and includes the above image of an unknown girl. The profile claims that she is 17, has worked at Subway, and attends James Whitcomb Riley High School in South Bend. In a May 24 post, “Studebaker” claimed to be “Sittin in study hall bored out of my freakin mind.”

At press time, she currently has 63 friends, one of whom remains David Voelkert.

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