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Friends of victim shared e-mail exchanges with accused serial killer

By Sue Miller Wiltz
Special to Court TV

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OLATHE, Kansas (Court TV) -- Two close friends of murder victim Suzette Trouten testified Tuesday that they had each exchanged e-mails with purportedly different men who they believed were one and the same: accused serial killer John Edward Robinson Sr.

Tammy Taylor, from Ontario, Canada, told the court Tuesday afternoon that she communicated regularly with a man named "Tom" until Robinson was arrested in June 2000. Earlier, witness Lore Remington, of Nova Scotia, testified that she had exchanged e-mails with a man calling himself "JT." She said she later came to realize the man was Robinson.

Robinson, 58, is on trial for the murders of three women in Kansas. He will later face trial in Missouri for the murder of three others. Prosecutors say Robinson, a father and failed businessman, lured at least some of his victims through Internet chat rooms for people with an interest in sadomasochism. Trial testimony thus far has provided a window into the secret world of sex and bondage.

Taylor testified that she became friends with both Remington and Trouten -- whose body was found in June 2000 stuffed into a barrel on Robinson's rural property -- after meeting them in a BDSM (bondage discipline sadomasochism) chat room a few years ago.

Taylor added that she had met Trouten several times in Michigan and engaged in sadomasochistic sex with her one on occasion. Shortly after Trouten disappeared, Remington told Taylor that she was communicating with a master named JT, JR or Jim Turner who somehow knew Trouten.

"I thought it sounded suspicious," Taylor said. "I said, 'Ask the gentleman if he knows another gentleman who would be interested in me." A short time later, Remington e-mailed Taylor with the name and address of another man named Tom. She wrote to him and soon heard back. "He was seeking a full-time slave," she said, noting in one e-mail that he wanted her to move to Kansas City. "He wanted somebody to serve his every whim."

"Did the e-mails continue?" asked prosecutor Paul Morrison. "Until John Robinson was arrested," Taylor replied. At one point, Taylor asked "Tom" for a reference. "I wanted to confirm that he was a genuine master and basically a nice guy," she said. Tom put her in communication with someone she knew only as Slavedancer, who vouched for him via e-mail. Taylor said "Tom" also called her and left two voice mail messages.

Morrison played one of those messages in court. The voice on the tape sounded identical to the man heard talking to Remington on tape Monday.

Taylor said she only continued to stay in touch with "Tom" in order to find out more about Trouten. "I wanted to build his trust," she said. "I wanted to find out about Suzette."

Remington has testified that the man alternatively identified himself as JR, JT or Jim Turner. All the while, Remington was conferring with Taylor. "Tammy and I had been e-mailing and we felt that the same man that was e-mailing me was e-mailing her," Remington said.

Both women were forwarding their correspondence with JT and Tom to Detective Jack Boyer of the Lenexa Police Department. Remington, who also admitted that she had sexual relations with Trouten, testified that she had been in constant communication with her friend since she moved to Kansas City in mid-February.

At that point, she was dismayed to learn that Trouten was not only working for John Robinson but was sexually involved with him, and testified that she didn't think it was good to mix business with pleasure.

Then, on the morning of March 2, 2000, she received two e-mails from her that she immediately suspected were fakes. Remington, who was arrested Monday because the judge feared she would not show up again to testify, said that the first March 2 e-mail indicated that Trouten was off "on the adventure of a lifetime" with John Robinson and contained the signature, "Sees ya, Suz (sic)."

"Was there anything about [the e-mail] that was not like Suzette?" asked assistant district attorney Sara Welch. "It was not normal," Remington replied, adding that Trouten signed her e-mails with "Love you, babe."

About an hour later, Remington received a second e-mail, again purportedly from Trouten. "Caught you (sic) response just before I unplugged," the message read. "If you're interested in a master who is really great, write him." Included was the master's e-mail address: Remington said Trouten would never send such an e-mail. "She wouldn't find me a master or imply 'Here's a master for you,'" she stated.

Remington testified that she began an e-mail relationship with Eruditemaster -- who sometimes called himself JT -- and that he sent her pictures of himself. Asked if the man in the pictures was in the courtroom, Remington identified the defendant.

Also sitting in the courtroom at that time was Christy Shipps, one of Robinson's two daughters. She was the first family member to make an appearance at the trial.

A former correspondent for Newsweek and People Weekly, Sue Miller Wiltz is currently writing a book about Robinson for Pinnacle Books. She is covering the trial for

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