Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Handwritten notes are new evidence in Brittany Killgore murder
Pages signed by "Dee" and "Kitten" have ominous messages
More than a year since Brittany Dawn Killgore’s body was found just outside of San Diego County, a prosecutor in the murder case is sorting through new evidence.
Three weeks ago, a judge allowed prosecutor Patrick Espinoza access to a “pile” of handwritten documents reportedly created by one of the defendants. A friend of defendant Dorothy Maraglino gave the papers to her defense attorney, according to statements in court.
Dorothy Maraglino, 37, and Jessica Lopez, 25, and Louis Ray Perez, 46, are all charged with kidnap and torture and murder in the death of Brittany Killgore, who was 22-years-old when she disappeared.
Louis Ray Perez was called “Master Ivan” and Dorothy Maraglino was “Dee” or “Kitten,” in what attorneys describe as a master-slave relationship between the defendants.
One handwritten note recently obtained is dated April 13, 2012 -- this is the same day that the murdered woman disappeared. The note reads: “I Dee do hereby give to Ivan all my grudges and revenge from my birth till now. I release my anger and entrust justice into Ivan’s hands. I accept Ivan will decide, design, and dispense the measure of restribution (sic) he deems appropriate to my enemies, tormentors, and violators. (signed) Dee (with pink droplets around the signature.)”
Another note reads: “Please consider accepting this gift. I leave all methods of retribution to you. Please distroy them all. Rape the women. Destroy their reputation. Take their posessions. When you deem take their last breath. I release all I carry from my rapist, abuseas, and tormentors to you. I’ll join in where you direct me and allow, but I realse my own will and agenda in these matters. (signed) Kitten (with pink droplets around the signature.)” (Unique spelling is preserved.)
There is another note which describes violence during a sex act; it reads in part: “I have a vision of comming up behind a girl who is riding you…I slit her throat…blood flows onto your chest…and she Expires.” This note is not signed.
The body of 22-year-old Brittany Killgore was declared missing after she reportedly got into a car with Louis Perez the night of Friday, April 13, 2012. Her abused body was found four days later, on April 17, in a remote area of Riverside County. Special allegations could make all three defendants eligible for the death penalty.
The murdered woman was married to a Marine deployed to Afghanistan at the time of her disappearance, and defendant Louis Perez was an active-duty Marine when he was arrested. Those facts, and the prosecutor’s accusation that the beautiful victim was targeted as part of a sado-masochistic fantasy, has made the case a sensation in San Diego County and beyond.
The next court appearance for all three defendants, who plead not guilty, is set for May 10, 2013, before the Honorable K. Michael Kirkman, in San Diego’s North County Superior courthouse.
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