Fetishist Admits Kidnapping
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A man described as having an ankle fetish pleaded guilty
to kidnapping a Bible student in a nine-hour ordeal in which prosecutors said
he tried to cut off her feet and eat her flesh during a satanic ritual.
John William Doughty, 38, entered his plea Thursday as his trial was about
to begin and after prosecutors agreed to drop charges of attempted murder and
Doughty admitted during court proceedings to abducting the woman Nov. 13.
He did not say why he abducted her, but maintained he was mentally competent
at the time.
Doughty has three prior felony convictions in Florida involving a burglary
and rape, the kidnapping of a 12-year-old child and the slashing of a
16-year-old girl's ankles with razor blades, said Assistant Hennepin County
Attorney Kevin Johnson after the court session.
"Doughty has an ankle fetish," Johnson said.
Doughty had corresponded with a Minneapolis woman while serving the rape
sentence in a Florida prison. He later moved to Minnesota and stayed with the
woman and her family and began attending their church, the Faith Assembly of
God in St. Louis Park, said Johnson.
Two months later, he lured an 18-year-old woman to the church parking lot,
clubbed her over the head, put her in the trunk and drove to a park in
Minneapolis, Johnson said.
He tried to kill the woman as a sacrifice to Satan, Johnson claimed.
In the nine-hour ordeal, Doughty tried to cut off the woman's feet and said
he had planned to eat her flesh and throw her body into the Mississippi River,
court documents said.
He cut tendons in the woman's legs, but was unable to sever her feet and
yielded to her pleas to take her to a hospital after she promised she would
not identify him.
The victim, a student at North Central Bible College, has regained her
ability to walk normally, Johnson said.
Doughty is to be sentenced Dec. 28. He faces a maximum term of 40 years.
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