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Woman Convicted of Hiring Undercover Agent to Castrate Man

May 14, 1986

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ A 46-year-old woman has been convicted of hiring an undercover police officer to castrate a former boyfriend.

An Alameda County Superior Court jury deliberated less than a day before convicting Terry Kell, of Newark, on Tuesday of solicitation to commit a felony and insurance fraud. The second charge involved a pendant which she reported stolen and offered to the officer as payment.

The main evidence against Kell was a 100-minute tape recording of an Aug. 24, 1983, conversation between her and Fremont police Officer John Schlim. On the tape, the two discuss castrating and mutilating David Simpson of Newark.

″I want his face messed up real bad, so he’s not such a pretty boy anymore,″ Kell told Schlim. ″And then I want him put out of commission as far as being a man.″

Kell testified she had no intention of giving Schlim the $7,000 diamond pendant. The pendant, which carries the Ten Commandments, has too much sentimental value, she said.

Kell faces a maximum sentence of four years and eight months in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced June 16.

Kell, a guard dog trainer, maintained the Newark Police Department framed her in retaliation for a lengthy court battle over the number of dogs at her kennel.

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