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Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:14 AM

He Hired 2 Men to Kidnap His Wife. They Ended Up Drowning.

Lawrence Handley, 53, a business executive from Lafayette, La., pleaded guilty this week to three criminal charges after a plot to kidnap his estranged wife went badly awry.

Schanda Handley was at home with her daughter and a neighbor when two men showed up at the door, dressed in what looked like blue uniforms from an appliance store.

They had a carpet steamer and asked Ms. Handley if they could demonstrate it for her. When she said no, the men forced their way into her house at gunpoint, put a hood over her head and handcuffed her and her neighbor, she said.

Then they pushed Ms. Handley into a van and drove off, leaving Ms. Handley’s 14-year-old daughter and the neighbor behind.

The kidnappers had been hired by Ms. Handley’s estranged husband, Lawrence Michael Handley, who was planning to have Ms. Handley driven to his camp near Woodville, Miss., from her home in Lafayette, La., prosecutors said. What he planned to do after that was not clear, the authorities said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/30/us/Louisiana-Kidnap-Plot.html

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Reply He Hired 2 Men to Kidnap His Wife. They Ended Up Drowning. (Original post)
Zorro Jul 2021 OP
Wingus Dingus Jul 2021 #1
Tommy Carcetti Jul 2021 #2
Bleacher Creature Jul 2021 #8
SharonClark Jul 2021 #13
roamer65 Jul 2021 #18
muriel_volestrangler Jul 2021 #25
Wingus Dingus Jul 2021 #26
LisaL Jul 2021 #3
tavernier Jul 2021 #4
Wingus Dingus Jul 2021 #5
Wingus Dingus Jul 2021 #6
LisaL Jul 2021 #7
tavernier Jul 2021 #10
RainCaster Jul 2021 #9
dalton99a Jul 2021 #15
Midnight Writer Jul 2021 #20
Treefrog Jul 2021 #24
Shrike47 Jul 2021 #16
Rocknation Jul 2021 #11
Tommy Carcetti Jul 2021 #12
GopherGal Jul 2021 #22
dalton99a Jul 2021 #14
zuul Jul 2021 #17
Princess Turandot Jul 2021 #19
LisaL Jul 2021 #21
Tadpole Raisin Jul 2021 #23

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:16 AM

1. Did someone watch "Fargo" recently?

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Response to Wingus Dingus (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:17 AM

2. Beat me to it. nt

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Response to Tommy Carcetti (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:20 AM

8. Me too!

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Response to Bleacher Creature (Reply #8)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:24 AM

13. I love that movie!

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Response to Wingus Dingus (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 11:24 AM

18. Thank god no wood chippers involved.

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Response to Wingus Dingus (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 01:29 PM

25. The husband even looks like William H. Macy

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #25)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 02:27 PM

26. LOL yeah.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:17 AM

3. Plot went badly awry?

Wife is alive and kidnappers drowned.
I wouldn't call that ending badly.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:17 AM

4. How did they drown?

I can’t see the link. I don’t subscribe.

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Response to Wingus Dingus (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:20 AM

6. Added link

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Response to tavernier (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:20 AM

7. Jumped into a waterway while running from the police.

NT

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Response to LisaL (Reply #7)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:22 AM

10. ...

👍🏻

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Response to tavernier (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:22 AM

9. Tried to escape the police by swimming in a canal

Not many details about that aspect of the story.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:41 AM

15. Surveillance photo:

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #15)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 11:46 AM

20. The bright red matching shirts was a good touch.

When you do crimes, it is always best to wear something that will make you stand out in a crowd.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:45 AM

16. They drove in to a dead end pursued by police, tried to get away by diving into canals.

Possibly couldn’t swim?

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:23 AM

11. Spoiler alert

The men...drove off the interstate, turned down a dead-end gravel road, and were penned in by the police, prosecutors said. Both men tried to escape by swimming through a canal...

A southern-fried Fargo remake...




Rocknation

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Response to Rocknation (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:23 AM

12. No woodchippers this time, though. nt

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Response to Tommy Carcetti (Reply #12)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 11:50 AM

22. Really need an alligator in there somewhere

to do this re-make right.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:38 AM

14. Kick



https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2017/08/25/millionaire-kidnapping-plot/603096001/
Millionaire's bizarre kidnapping plot hatched in Mississippi
Amanda McElfresh

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 11:13 AM

17. Apparently the kidnapping victim was found in the back of the van, alive.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 11:36 AM

19. More from the USAToday article...

Bracey and Haynes handcuffed the neighbor and teenager and left them inside. They then drove the van with the wife inside toward Baton Rouge.

Things took a turn when an overturned piece of equipment caused a major traffic jam. Bracey and Haynes drove on the shoulder of the road to get away from the traffic, but were seen by an off-duty sheriff's deputy. The deputy followed the van until it reached a highway. Instead of turning left, where they could have taken a number of routes, the two men turned right onto a dead-end road.

The van got stuck in a swampy area, so Bracey and Haynes, both 27, bailed and ran into the nearby woods. They jumped into the Intracoastal Canal, where their bodies were found less than a day later. A gun was found in a nearby pipe that authorities believe belonged to one of the men.

While I'm glad they didn't harm the 2 other people, I take it that they didn't do any surveillance before they acted. Or have a back-up escape route, assuming that they had one to begin with.

By the way, the husband first unsuccessfully tried for an insanity plea, probably because abject stupidity wasn't available. (He pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of attempted second-degree kidnapping, and faces up to 35 years.)

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Response to Princess Turandot (Reply #19)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 11:49 AM

21. They were not very good as criminals, that's for sure.

NT

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jul 30, 2021, 12:13 PM

23. Some crimes solve themselves

Except for the husband of course. Hope she keeps everything.

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