An ex-Chicago cop is accused of plotting to kidnap, torture and murder a wealthy Chicagoan. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, former Chicago Police officer Steven Mandell and an accomplice planned to torture the rich man and mutilate his genitals, cutting his penis lengthwise “like slicing a banana split.”
Court transcripts made available on Thursday detail an October 25, 2012 conversation between Mandell and his accomplice, Gary Engel, who killed himself shortly after he and Mandell were arrested last year. In the call, the two men plotted the grisly abduction and torture.
Mandell, then 62, confessed to Engel that the idea of torturing someone made him sexually aroused. Federal prosecutors allege that the two men had built a dedicated killing chamber located in the 5300 block of Chicago’s West Devon Avenue. They were discussing how to tie up their victim when Engel detailed his plan to slash open the man’s penis.
“You going to put a little blade there?” Mandell asked Engel.
Engel replied that he would, that flaying open a penis is just like “slicing a banana split. You know what a banana split looks like?”
Mandell made “ooh”-ing sounds as Engel further described the ways they would defile the rich man’s body before finally killing him. Mandell urged Engel to be mindful of the victim’s heart, lest he die too quickly.
Their plan was to torture the victim until he agreed to sign over plots of real estate to the two men, then kill him anyway. Both Mandell and Engel were former Chicago police who were kicked off the force in the 1980s. They were allegedly posing as cops when they were arrested in 2013.
Mandell’s trial is scheduled for February of 2014. He is also accused of plotting to abduct and murder another businessman in order to seize control of the man’s strip club as well as plotting the murder of a key government witness against him from behind bars.
You can read the full transcript of the charges against Mandell and other evidentiary details here.
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