Timothy Haslett Jr. charged with murder in connection with woman’s escape

Timothy Haslett Jr. charged with murder in connection with woman’s escape
Timothy Haslett Jr. charged with murder in connection with woman’s escape

A grand jury in Missouri has indicted Timothy Haslett on a first-degree murder charge in connection with a woman’s escape from a dungeon in his home in 2022.


A Missouri man previously charged with kidnapping and rape has been indicted by a grand jury in the killing of a woman found in the Missouri River.

Timothy Haslett Jr. was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Jaynie Crosdale, whose body was found in a barrel on the river by kayakers in June 2023, according to a probable cause statement obtained by USA TODAY on Wednesday.

It is the 10th charge against Haslett after a woman escaped from his home in 2022. The woman said she was held in a dungeon, drugged and forced to endure severe sexual assault. Haslett told her that two other women he had kidnapped “didn’t make it,” she told police.

“The indictment is the next step in our pursuit of justice for the victims, the families and our community,” Clay County Prosecutor Zach Thompson said at a press conference on Tuesday. “The physical, psychological and sexual torture described by the defendant’s surviving victim is brutal and barbaric.”

USA TODAY reached out to the public defender representing Haslett, but she declined to comment.

Case brings criticism of the police

Haslett faces nine charges – including rape, first-degree sodomy, second-degree assault, kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child – in connection with the disappearance and assault of a woman who fled his home on October 7, 2022.

The woman showed up at the door of a home near Haslett’s in Excelsior Springs wearing a metal collar and a latex minidress and told residents she had been held hostage since September, according to the probable cause document. The woman told police she was abducted from an area in Kansas City known to be frequented by sex workers.

Kansas City police had previously denied that several black women had been abducted from the area. Community leaders then criticized the police for not taking the disappearances of black women seriously.

“We have a serial killer … and nobody is saying anything,” said Bishop Tony Caldwell of Eternal Life Church and Family Life Center in a TikTok video published by The Kansas City Defender news outlet on Sept. 25, 2022. “We have three young ladies missing. Nobody is saying a word. What is the problem? Where are our community leaders, where are our activists, where are our public officials, where are our police?”

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