A case of fabrication of identity layered with complexity and manipulation led Deputy District Attorney Richard Zimmer to proclaim, “This is actually one of the most unusual things I’ve seen in my career. The amount of planning, the effort, the sophistication, the amount of time that went into framing Ms. Hadley was incredible,” the Daily Mail reports.
31-year-old Angela Maria Diaz managed to pull off an epic framing. Diaz, who’s married to a 39-year-old deputy US Marshal Ian Diaz framed his ex-fiancé to be a dangerous stalker. Diaz framed her quite effectively enough to land the ex-fiancé in jail for three months.
30-year-old Michelle Suzanne Hadley, the ex-fiancé and victim of Diaz’s fabricating scheme, was in jail for three months. Diaz claimed and told police that Hadley was a complete and serious threat to her life.
To do this, Diaz sent false police reports of Hadley sending her threatening emails and Hadley posing as her on Craigslist and responding to “rape fantasy” ads. Hadley was then arrested and has the potential to face life imprisonment.
Diaz’s husband, Ian Diaz, was in a long-term relationship with Hadley for about two years from 2013 to 2015.
Diaz and her husband met on an online dating site last year, and got married after two months of dating. A few months later, that’s when Diaz began her intricately elaborate scheme.
First, she claimed that she was pregnant. Then, she, with her husband at her side, went to the police and filed a report that Hadley was sending her threatening emails.
Police discovered that Diaz sent those emails to herself by employing anonymity through Virtual Private Networks and third-party proxy servers to cover up her actual IP address, according to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.
Diaz then posted rape fantasy ads on Craigslist as Hadley. She also responded to the same ads to further intensify the seriousness of the threatening acts against her. Diaz, in a nutshell, posed as Hadley posing as her (Diaz) and responding to the rape fantasy ads. When in reality, Diaz was not only the one who posted those ads, but she was also one who responded to them.
Although the ulterior motive of Diaz wasn’t confirmed or identified yet, Rackauckas told Los Angeles Times that a “love triangle” could be a good start to probe into, the New York Daily News reports.
Rackauckas said, “Ms. Hadley is the innocent victim in a diabolical scheme.”
Hadley was finally released in October. Diaz, on the other hand, fled to Arizona, but is now in the process of getting extradited.
Hadley told reporters, “Obviously, this has been a huge nightmare for me, probably one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. I’m glad that it’s finally over, and I can move on with my life.”