‘Black Death’ group claims kidnapped British model for publicity

A group that calls itself “Black Death” accused of stuffing a British model into a suitcase and holding her hostage for six days tried to put a positive media spin on the ordeal and her captors.

Authorities investigating the alleged kidnapping of model Chloe Ayling, 20, in Italy last month said her kidnappers told her exactly what to say about the group upon her release.

A letter to Ayling found on a suspect’s computer said Ayling
“agreed to sneak a pre-determined set of information into the media, and we will expect to see evidence that has been done in near future,” according to The Independent.

The letter, written in English, laid out a series of demands made of Ayling upon her release. The note also suggested that the kidnapping was intended to be used as a publicity event for the group.

The letter warned that anything Ayling said publicly in the wake of the kidnapping would be monitored.

“You have been treated fairly, with respect and we expect to hear exactly the same about us in return,” the letter said.
The letter said it had been a “mistake” to take Ayling into custody.

The letter also demanded Ayling pay $50,000 in bitcoin within a month.

This may explain her latest interview where she claimed she was not assaulted despite sharing a bed with arrested suspect, Lukasz Herba as he guarded her.

The 20-year-old told police:
“He never sexually molested me or asked for sexual favours because Black Death prohibited or severely punished members who touched kidnapped girls.”
And she claimed Herba allowed her to shower and gave her a clean T-shirt and underwear every day.

Officials said they could not verify the authenticity of the Black Death group, or that anyone from the group had written the letter.

Ayling said she traveled to Milan for a July 11 photo shoot. After her arrival, Ayling said, she was abducted by men who injected her with a tranquilizer, put a pillowcase over her head, handcuffed her and stuffed her in a suitcase that they crammed into the trunk of a car.

Authorities said her captors were trying to get $300,000 for her online until she told them she had a 2-year-old child.



The Independent/Daily Mirror

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