In 2006, JAMES NOEL met Edward Bagley through a joint friend, Michael Stokes. NOEL became friends with Stokes a few months before meeting Bagley while visiting local strip clubs in Lebanon, Missouri, located in the Western District of Missouri. Stokes told NOEL that Bagley had obtained a "slave," "it was the real deal and you had to see it to believe it." Stokes told NOEL that "it was better than the strip clubs," and that "she does whatever Bagley tells her to do." Stokes told NOEL that Bagley allowed other people to "do stuff to her" and engage in oral and vaginal sex with the girl. Stokes told NOEL that he had already engaged in both vaginal and oral sex with her himself.Follow Daily RFT on Facebook and Twitter @chadgarrison.
NOEL went with Stokes to the Bagley trailer in a wooded area in Lebanon, Missouri. When Noel entered the residence, the girl was sitting on the floor inside the Bagley residence. She was wearing feet restraints and very little clothing, including nothing above the waist. The "girl" is the Female Victim ("FV") named in the indictment. Bagley invited them inside and told FV to do exercises while Noel, Bagley, and Stokes talked. FV obeyed. FV was approximately 20-years-old at the time. FV was "not smart" and did not appear to have a full mental capacity of someone her age. She did everything that Bagley told her to do. Bagley laid down the rules and threatened to kick NOEL and Stokes out of the trailer if they did not follow the rules. Bagley especially issued orders to FV. He referred to her only as "slave" and she was only allowed to call Bagley "master." NOEL had never seen anything like it and stayed out of "perverted curiosity." Bagley tortured FV by hooking FV up to an electrical device that was connected to a dildo while Noel and Stokes watched. The device sent electrical pulses to the dildo and shocked FV at random time intervals and random intensities. Bagley told Noel and Stokes that FV had done something wrong and he was training her to remember not to do it again. While FV was hooked to the device and being shocked, Bagley was chatting with NOEL and Stokes. Stokes was clearly excited to be there and enjoyed watching FV.
Stokes provided Bagley with $1,000 for Bagley to transport FV to California. He also brought Bagley steaks, cigarettes, cots, clothing, lighters, and cash when he came to the residence for sessions with FV. Additionally, Stokes paid Bagley $300 for Bagley to build a "fucking machine" to use on FV. Stokes admitted he flogged FV, shocked her vaginal opening with a violet wand, tortured her with a sensory deprivation device, and watched Bagley torture her with a crank phone while she was confined to a dog cage.
NOEL continued to visit the Bagley residence. NOEL would call Bagley on the telephone and schedule the meetings. During these meetings Bagley would torture FV while NOEL watched and sometimes allow NOEL to operate the devices. Bagley introduced FV to "bondage" when she was 17-years-old. Bagley said the first year he knew FV, he "tried to fuck her to death." Bagley had FV previously sign a sex slave contract. Bagley showed NOEL the contract and there was a "checklist" of everything that FV had to do as his slave. If Bagley had ever established a safe word, FV was not allowed to use a safe word to stop the abuse. It was obvious that if the FV attempted to ask Bagley to stop, Bagley would make the session more painful for her. NOEL had Bagley test a few devices on his arm because he was curious how painful they were. The violet wand was not that painful to NOEL, but the crank phone and another electrical device that Bagley used on FV were extremely painful.
NOEL used the crank phone and another electrical device on FV during his visits to the Bagley residence. These devices were wired inside FV's vaginal and anal openings and to her toes at the start of the sessions. NOEL electrocuted FV with the crank phone, but did not kill her. Sometimes Bagley and NOEL would each use a crank phone on her at the same time. NOEL paid $300 for a special "show" that lasted 2-3 hours that included these sex acts. Stokes wanted to attend the special show, but Bagley would not let him attend. During that special show, Bagley said he had to be very careful that night with FV, because he was taking her to a photo shoot soon and he did not want any burns or marks on her.
NOEL knew that FV hated the crank phone prior to him using it on her. She had previously told Bagley she would do anything if he would spare shocking or electrocuting her with the crank phone. Bagley and NOEL used the crank phone on her anyway. Bagley told NOEL that on one occasion, Bagley cranked FV so intensely that she urinated on herself. Bagley told NOEL he did that because FV had gotten out of line and he needed her to get "back in line." Bagley had at least two crank phones he used on FV, a five-bar, and a three-bar crank phone.
Bagley also showed NOEL photographs of FV with her vagina labia pinned to the wall while she was standing. Bagley also showed NOEL pictures of FV's vagina swollen. Bagley bragged that he had ripped FV's vagina labia. Bagley offered to have FV sew her own vagina while NOEL watched.
Bagley told NOEL that he was going to set up a website where he could stream video "shows" of him torturing FV over the internet and people would have to pay to see them. Bagley asked NOEL to invest in the website, but NOEL declined. Before Bagley and FV went to California, Bagley had FV do practice video shows.
Bagley told NOEL that he had killed a couple of people in the past over a drug debt. Bagley used marijuana regularly and possessed firearms in his residence. Bagley said he overpowered the two people, took them to an abandoned house, and tortured and killed them. FV was present during these statements and based on her demonstrated mental capacity, would have easily believed him. FV appeared emotionally and mentally attached to Bagley without anyway to leave. It was obvious when you met FV that she was mentally delayed for her age. She lacked the ability to communicate normally and had a limited vocabulary. FV did not have any ability to offer an opinion or refuse the orders from Bagley. If she had tried, Bagley would punish her for doing so.
In approximately 2007, Bagley had FV begin dancing to make money for him. FV was Bagley's only way to make it financially. Bagley said "my bitch is making me about $1,800 a week." NOEL went to the club where FV danced. FV had to give Bagley the money after she was finished dancing, and NOEL saw her do it. FV would come off the stage after collecting money and hand it to Bagley. FV was not allowed to keep the money. NOEL witnessed Bagley scream and reprimand FV at the club. Bagley made a video to help promote FV at the club and it would play repetitively at the bar. Bagley said he had to "make his money while FV still had her youth." During this time period, Bagley told NOEL he had to slow down on the sessions at home with FV because Bagley could not afford to have her all marked up while she was making money for him dancing.
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