Missouri man accused of imprisoning and torturing woman for weeks charged with murder

A Missouri man charged with Keeping a woman hidden in his basement while repeatedly sexually assaulting her, he was charged Tuesday with allegedly murdering another woman.

Clay County Prosecutor Zachary Thompson said Timothy M. Haslett was charged with murder in connection with the death of 36-year-old Jaynie Crosdale, adding that she was killed “by an act of homicidal violence.” He said her remains showed impact wounds consistent with a gunshot.

Haslett, of Excelsior Springs, He was previously charged on one count of rape, four counts of sodomy, two counts of second-degree assault, and one count each of kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child.

He is being held at the Clay County Detention Center on $5 million bail.

Haslett’s public defender, Tiffany Leuty, did not immediately return a call and email from The Associated Press seeking comment Tuesday.

Police arrested Haslett in October 2022 after a woman told police she had escaped weeks of torture in her locked basement, according to a probable cause statement. She fled to a neighbor’s home with a trash bag, a padlock collar around her neck and duct tape.

The survivor said Haslett had offered her money and she agreed to go with him to his home. Once in his truck, the woman told police he pointed a gun at her, raped her and forced her to take narcotics.

He then took her to the basement, bound her arms and legs and raped, whipped, tortured and strangled her every day for weeks, according to the probable cause statement. She escaped after breaking free from the chains while she believed he was taking their son to school.

The surviving woman also told authorities that Haslett had described killing two other women he had previously kidnapped: one by suffocating her with a gas mask and another who died after violent sexual torture.

He told her “if she didn’t listen to him, he would suffocate her and put her in a barrel like the rest of them,” according to the probable cause statement.

Thompson had said law enforcement officers followed more than 100 leads and spent more than 1,200 hours on the case, including searching for Crosdale and posting a missing person poster with her photo in Kansas City.

Police made progress after kayakers found a 30-gallon blue barrel with a skeleton inside while camping along the Missouri River in Saline County in June 2023, according to police.

The remains were identified as Crosdale’s in July 2023, the Kansas City Star reported. reported.

The charges filed Tuesday are based on the evidence authorities currently have, Thompson said. He added that the investigation is ongoing and urged anyone with information to come forward.

“Today’s indictment represents the next step in our pursuit of justice for the victims, families and our community,” he said. “The physical, psychological and sexual torture described by the defendant’s surviving victim is brutal and barbaric.”