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Police: Man Plotted to Lock Ex-Girlfriend in Coffin

August 2, 1996

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) _ A man was charged with plotting to kidnap his ex-girlfriend and lock her in a homemade coffin disguised as a coffee table in an attempt to win her back.

Dwight Stout, 32, was charged after a friend tipped off police. He pleaded innocent and is being held in jail on a $150,000 bond.

Stout was obsessed with his ex-girlfriend and intended to brainwash her through sleep and food deprivation, the friend, Donnie Walters, testified at a preliminary hearing Thursday.

``He wanted to have her back with him 100 percent,″ Walters said. ``Basically, he would be God to her.″

Stout planned to use a stun gun to help kidnap the woman from her parents’ home and was going to slowly give her back her freedom, Walters said.

Authorities have declined to identify the woman, whom Stout hadn’t seen in almost a year.

Walters wore an audio wire while he helped install an air pipe in the coffin Stout was building in his basement. The lid of the coffin was to be disguised as a coffee table.

The recording of their conversation led to Stout’s arrest. Police also seized the coffin, stun gun, handcuffs and leather restraints from Stout’s home.

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