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Old April 28th, 2011 #1481
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A bag of silver coins (pre-1965) ($1k face value) has about 715 ounces of silver. 3x715X49 = $105,105.
 
Old April 28th, 2011 #1482
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Gotta love FBI/DoJ courtroom tactics.

And in a political case like this, the prosecution is essentially in cahoots with the jewish media who are running stories about how you (supposedly) shit in your pants.
Not to mention every single time the case is mentioned in the media, Steele is directly linked to the long defunct Aryan Nations organization, as if the fact of representing them in a court case was somehow vaguely illegal itself.
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Old April 28th, 2011 #1483
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As if we needed proof that Fairfax was a real Whigger, we have plenty now. All he has had on his mind is getting on the Oprah show. It is fitting that this informant had a jail house informant inform on him. Steele has yet to explain why he was associating with this world class Whigger.
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The main witness against Edgar Steele is writing a book he says is fiction and “may have” said he hopes to be on the Oprah show . Larry Fairfax (left) admitted that under cross examination this morning in U.S. District Court in Boise, the second day of testimony in Steele's murder-for-hire trial.

Steele's defense lawyer, Robert McAlliser, said Bonner County Jail inmate Daryl Hollingsworth (right) was asked by Fairfax “if he could design the cover for your book.” “You kept it a secret from the FBI, secret from the government and secret from the defense, but you told Daryl Hollingsworth about it?” McAlliser said.

Fairfax said no one but Hollingsworth had inquired. He said Hollingsworth saw him writing in jail one day and asked what he was doing. McAllister said Fairfax also told his cousin he planned to make himself out to be the hero in the book, but Fairfax denied that. McAllister also said Hollingsworth says Fairfax claimed he'd been paid to set up Steele. Fairfax said Hollingsworth, who in jail for stabbing someone in Sandpoint, had a reputation as a liar.

Fairfax has said he was paid $10,000 in silver coins as a down payment for the murders. He said he gathered the coins from a desk drawer in Steele's garage, but McAllister implied that Fairfax actually stole it. McAllister emphasized that Fairfax knew where the Steeles hid their silver and could “easily” remove it, but Fairfax said that wasn't true.

Cyndi Steele had filed a theft report regarding $45,000 in silver from their home. Fairfax was listed as the suspect, McAllister said. He denied taking the coins during testimony this morning. Under questioning from Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Whelan, Fairfax said the theft report was not filed until after Steele was arrested.

Fairfax said the stash spots he helped construct at Steele's home were for “stashing weapons when the economy collapsed and everyone ws rioting.” He said the spots were covered in drywall and not easily accessible.

McAllister questioned Fairfax about his bankruptcy filing and desire for money. He's said in his opening statement that Fairfax set up Steele to cover up his theft of silver. “How many times do you think you lied to Edgar Steele?” McAlliser asked. “Maybe twice,” Fairfax replied.

“What were those lies?” McAllister said. “That I would kill his wife…(and) that I would kill his mother in law,” Fairfax replied.

McAllister focused on statements Fairfax reportedly made regarding coming up with “a big lie.”

Fairfax said that comment was in regards to a story he told his wife about why he was traveling to Portland. (Fairfax says he went there under FBI surveillance to make Steele believe he was following through with the murders.)

Fairfax's testimony just ended.

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Old April 28th, 2011 #1484
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The government's case is much better than I expected. The only hope that I can see is that the jurors will see that Fairfax is a world class Whigger who is not believable . He is learning that informants have a hard life. He will also get introduced to the Aryan Brotherhood if he spends some more time in prison.

There is no doubt in my mind that Steele suffered mini-strokes from his aorta surgery and has become as crazy as a shit house rat. I fear that we have all been led on a wild goose chase and been scammed with the government frame up charge. The government's case is nonetheless a laughing stock however. Turn Steele loose and let his wife give him the care that he needs.
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Informant Denies He Was Architect Of Murder Plot

Posted: Apr 27, 2011 9:35 AM
Updated: Apr 28, 2011 11:10 AM

UPDATE: A federal informant in a murder-for-hire drama denies he orchestrated a plot to kill the wife and mother-in-law of a northern Idaho attorney Edgar Steele. Larry Fairfax testified Thursday in the federal trial of Steele, a former Aryan Nations lawyer charged with plotting and paying Fairfax last year to carry out the murders. Fairfax is accused of making bombs that Steele had hoped would kill his wife, Cyndi Steele, and her mother.

Under questioning from Steele's lawyer, Fairfax denied he was the sole mastermind of the scheme and motivated by money or fame. Yet Fairfax acknowledges he intends to write a book about the experience. Edgar Steele faces multiple federal felonies and decades in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say Steele offered Fairfax up to $25,000 before Fairfax told federal agents about the plot.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a northern Idaho attorney charged with hiring a hit man to kill his wife and his mother-in-law was motivated by jealousy and fears his wife was
dating another man.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws gave opening statements Wednesday in the government's case against 65-year-old Edgar Steele.

Steele, who in the past has represented white supremacist groups, is accused of orchestrating a botched attempt to have Cyndi Steele and her mother killed last year. Steele maintains his innocence and is being framed by the government because of the unpopular clients he has represented.

But Haws told jurors Steele had grown resentful of his wife and approached a man hired to do chores on his ranch last year to kill his wife and collect on a life insurance payment.
 
Old April 28th, 2011 #1485
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I failed to post previously that the theft report on the silver was only made by Cyndi a long time after her husband was arrested. It should have been done at the time that it was discovered months before. This is another Negro in the defense woodpile. The theft by Fairfax of the new tires on the truck belonging to Steele was never reported either.

The government is making a big thing out of Steele's reaction to the contrived death of his wife and mother in law. This will be hard for the defense to spin. This Idaho State trooper is more believable than the Famous But Incompetent. The Idaho State trooper had no dog in this fight.
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Idaho State Police Trooper Jess Spike has notified families of about two dozen deaths in his career. Never has he seen a reaction as stoic as that of Edgar Steele at his Sagle-area home last June when Spike told him his wife, Cyndi Steele, had died in a car crash after being run off the road near Portland, Ore., Spike testified today. “It was flat, paused, almost contrived. It was as if he was trying to retrieve something in an archive and come up with what the answer was. It wasn't natural,” Spike said. “He kind of choked up. It appeared as though he was trying to develop tears, and no tears developed.”

Investigators then told Steele his wife had been run off the road but the assailant had crashed and was hospitalized, and that the man was “somewhat conscious” and detectives “were trying to put the pieces together,” Spike said. “I think that was the first point that I noticed a change in his misdemeanor. He seemed somewhat surprised at that point in time, that what he had expected had kind of gotten away from him, and it wasn't something he'd planned for,” Spike said. “It was more genuine in reaction.”

FBI Special Agent Mike Sotka asked Steele if he knew Larry Fairfax. Steele replied that he did. Sotka asked if Steele suspected his wife might be having an affair. “I do remember him saying, 'well, she is over there a lot,'” Spike said.

Sotka continued to push Steele to see if he would repeat what he'd promised Fairfax he would see in the recorded conversation. “He just kind of took it hook line and sinker and just went with it,” Spike said. “I remember him patting his stomach implying that (Fairfax) was heavy set and that he didn't think Mrs. Steele would go for someone like that.”

According to a recording played for jurors Tuesday, Steele told Fairfax he would tell investigators about a suspected affair if Fairfax was arrested.
“Like in ‘Mission: Impossible,’ I will disavow your existence,” Steele said, according to the recording. “… There won’t be anything I can do except throw you to the … wolves.”

Steele had also said he planned a lunch appointment with a friend as part of his alibi. Steele's friend Allen Banks showed up the day at of his arrest for a meeting with Steele, investigators said. When investigators told Steele his mother-in-law had been shot, Spike said the lawyer's reaction was simply “F**k me.” “It was almost, I'm searching for the word, surprise and disbelief?” Spike said.

Steele mentioned organizations that may have been out to get him and his family, including the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, Spike said. Then Sotka took a phone call and told Steele he'd just been informed that Fairfax told investigators “to ask Mr. Steele what was going on, that he could answer all of the questions that he had.”

Spike said Steele “had no reaction whatsoever.” That's when investigators told him his wife wasn't actually dead and that he was under arrest for hiring Fairfax to kill her, Spike said.

Fairfax testified Wednesday that Steele had a list of about 12 others he wanted killed, too. He finished testifying this morning and denied arranging the plot to set up Steele.


Defense lawyer Robert McAllister emphasized that Steele never confessed to being involved in the plot. “The whole idea was to get him to crack, to make some kind of omission, and he never did,” McAlliser said of Spike's false death notification.

But Spike said investigators wanted to see if Steele would do what he told Fairfax he would. From mailing items at the Post Office to transporting lumber and arranging a lunch appointment, “there was just a number of things that all lined up,” Spike said. “This 'ruse' as the defense counsel put it was to basically cross those ts and dot those i's so we could put two and two together,” Spike said.

Along with Spike, this morning's witnesses included an FBI agent in Portland who notified Cyndi Steele of the alleged plot, and a Coeur d'Alene FBI agent who led the search of Steele's Talache Road home the day of his arrest. Cyndi Steele could testify this afternoon.
 
Old April 28th, 2011 #1486
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So alledgedly Edgar wanted his wife and mother-in-law murdered, but who are the other 12 individuals that Edgar wanted killed? The names on the list might give a clue to his mental state. A list of famous people (Abe Foxman, Morris Dees, etc..) would indicate a different state of mind than if the list were some local people he didn't get along with.

Is Larry the only source for the "list of 12" others marked for death, or are the names in the surveillance transcripts? How was Edgar going to pay for the elimination of his enemies list? .. book sales?

Is fat Larry the bankrumpt plumber claiming that Edgar seriously expected Larry to change career mid-life and become a successful serial assasain?
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So alledgedly Edgar wanted his wife and mother-in-law murdered, but who are the other 12 individuals that Edgar wanted killed? The names on the list might give a clue to his mental state. A list of famous people (Abe Foxman, Morris Dees, etc..) would indicate a different state of mind than if the list were some local people he didn't get along with.

Is Larry the only source for the "list of 12" others marked for death, or are the names in the surveillance transcripts? How was Edgar going to pay for the elimination of his enemies list? .. book sales?

Is fat Larry the bankrumpt plumber claiming that Edgar seriously expected Larry to change career mid-life and become a successful serial assasain?
8Man is on the ball here. I saw this but spaced it. Who are the Dirty Dozen here? Inquiring minds want to know.
 
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It's hard to know who the worst scumbag is here, the Famous But Incompetent or Fairfax.
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Informant denies he was architect of North Idaho murder plot

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BOISE, Idaho — A federal informant and key witness in a murder-for-hire drama denied under questioning Thursday that he was the sole mastermind behind the plot to kill the wife and mother-in-law of a north Idaho attorney who once defended the Aryan Nations.

Larry Fairfax, a former logger and handyman, also rejected suggestions he was motivated by money or fame to plot the murder last year of Edgar Steele's wife and her mother. Steele, 65, is on trial in U.S. District Court in Boise on multiple federal felonies. He could spend decades in prison if convicted in the alleged conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors opened their case against Steele Wednesday and described him as a husband who had grown resentful and suspicious his wife had been having an affair.

Prosecutors say Steele plotted her demise and offered Fairfax up to $25,000 to kill Cyndi Steele and her mother last year so he could collect a life insurance payment and be free to pursue a romantic relationship with a Russian woman he had met online.

Fairfax, who ultimately tipped federal agents about the scheme, is charged with making the bombs that Edgar Steele had hoped would kill the women, according to prosecutors. Fairfax testified that he had never intended to carry out the killings and later went to federal authorities because he feared Cyndi Steele's life was in danger.

Fairfax told federal agents about the alleged plot in June and acted as an informant, wearing a recording device, but he neglected to tell them that he had already planted a pipe bomb under Cyndi Steele's car. Workers at an auto shop later found the bomb when she took the vehicle in for an oil change.

Fairfax testified that he didn't tell the FBI about the pipe bomb because he thought it had already fallen off the car. He said he also feared prosecution for his involvement in the plot. "I was waiting to get my immunity," said Fairfax, who has remained jailed since his arrest in June when the pipe bomb was discovered.

But defense attorney Robert McAllister is trying to pin all the blame on Fairfax, saying he placed the bombs under Cyndi Steele's car without her husband's knowledge and stole silver the couple had hidden around their home near Sagle.

McAllister suggested Fairfax stole the silver because he was desperate for money, then tipped federal agents about the murder plot to cover his tracks.
"Edgar Steele did not know what you were doing," Robert McAllister said during an exchange with Fairfax Thursday.

But Fairfax denied the allegations, saying: "Yes, he did."
In earlier testimony, Fairfax, a father of three, said he was desperate for money in the economic downturn and agreed to Steele's scheme, but never intended to carry out the murders. Yet Fairfax also acknowledged he hopes there is a bigger payday in the future for his involvement in the alleged scheme.

Fairfax was questioned at length by McAllister about a book he is writing about the case and his plans to appear on Oprah . "In this book you're going to write, you're going to be the hero, right?" said McAllister, who also suggested that Fairfax's testimony for the government was part of a strategy to get a more lenient sentence. Fairfax replied: "No, sir."

Fairfax has pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered firearm and to making a firearm in violation of the National Firearms Act, as part of an agreement with prosecutors. He is expected to be sentenced next week.
 
Old April 29th, 2011 #1489
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The purported target of a failed murder-for-hire plot has taken the stand in Boise to defend her husband against allegations he tried to have her and her mother killed to collect on life insurance. Cindy Steele on Thursday denied that her husband Edgar Steele pressured her to help his defense after he was arrested last June. Earlier in the day, a handyman who authorities say was offered $25,000 to carry out the killings denied that he was the sole mastermind in the plot. Larry Fairfax, who became an informant in the case, also rejected suggestions he was motivated by money or fame to plot the murders. Cindy Steele is expected to take the stand again Friday. Steele, an attorney who once defended the Aryan Nations, could spend decades in prison if convicted in the alleged conspiracy.KIVI-TV TODAY'S 6 NEWS
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This Idaho State trooper is more believable than the Famous But Incompetent. The Idaho State trooper had no dog in this fight. By Don
You gotta be fuckin' kiddin' me Don, when does a government paid officer not have a "dog in this fight"? This has to be the most asinine comment yet. He has his fucking paycheck on the line.

Did you bother to read a little further in the blog,

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The man who boasted online about taking part in racist protests of taco-trucks in Coeur d’Alene and now faces an illegal weapons charge was the victim of government entrapment, his brother says.
eremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, was set up earlier this month by an FBI informant who suggested the two of them go shooting and even supplied the shotgun that federal authorities now accuse him of illegally possessing, said Michael Hop, the suspect’s younger brother.
J.D. Hop has a previous felony conviction, which prohibits him from possessing firearms.
“The FBI took him out shooting and then arrested him,” Michael Hop said. “If an informant hands you a gun and asks you to shoot it, that’s entrapment in my book.”
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The feds are basically setting up this no name who attended a protest against more mexican taco vendors. Steele was much more vocal than this lone Taco protester, so I'm sure he would get the ADL deluxe treatment.
 
Old April 29th, 2011 #1491
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This woman knows how to stand by her man. This is the best testimony so far but she has her hands full. A first year law student should have known that husband wife privilege is absolute only if the spouse does not testify. When that happens all evidence of communication between them is admissible.

It is also of interest that Steele clearly knew that the conversation with his wife was being recorded. If he had been in his right mind, he would never have set himself up for a charge of intimidation of a witness.
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Murder-for-hire trial continues in Boise

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 12:00 am
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BOISE - Federal prosecutors on Thursday called to the witness stand Cyndi Steele, the reported target of a money for murder plot allegedly ordered by her husband and former Aryan Nations attorney Edgar J. Steele.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci J. Whelan asked the Sagle woman about her husband's long-distance liaisons with Ukrainian women. Prosecutors have said he had turned to the "dalliances" because his wife wasn't paying attention to him and he believed she might have a boyfriend around Portland, where she had been spending time taking care of her mother and teaching dancing.

Whelan asked if she knew her husband of 26 years was professing his love for the foreign women, expressing a desire to have children with them, and giving them gifts. Cyndi Steele said she knew about it, and her husband was researching the topic of "Russian brides," and called it a "case" he was investigating.

Prosecutors have promised one of the Ukrainian women would be called to testify during the trial in U.S. District Court in Boise, which started Tuesday with jury selection. Cyndi Steele told the court, "He wanted to write a book about it. I gave him the go-ahead, because I trusted him."

Whelan said Edgar Steele, 65, started the exchanges in August 2009, and continued until he was arrested in June 2010, for allegedly hiring his handyman, 50-year-old Sagle resident Larry Fairfax, to kill Cyndi Steele. Cyndi Steele has said she believes her husband is innocent, and has been attending the trial every day with daughter Kelsey Steele, of Oregon City, Ore.

Whelan asked Cyndi Steele if she knew her husband had planned to travel to Kiev to see the women, and was constantly exchanging e-mails with them. Cyndi Steele said her husband kept her in the loop as he continued his research, but she didn't see everything he did.

But, "He let me read anything I wanted," Cyndi Steele said.
She said, "They were all just pretty girls."
Whelan asked, "Very young?"
"Yes," Cyndi Steele said.

Cyndi Steele said her husband never asked for a divorce, except for one time when he was hallucinating while under the influence of drugs when he was very sick.

Whelan also confronted Cyndi Steele with the recorded phone call between her and her husband, who was being held in the Kootenai County jail after he had been arrested. In the phone call, played for the jury Thursday, Edgar Steele appears to instruct her how to speak with federal authorities investigating the alleged murder-for-hire plot.

He brings up a recording from days earlier in which he and Fairfax allegedly had discussed his desire to have her killed. That recording was captured when Fairfax carried a hidden recording device in his pocket as he cooperated as an FBI informant.

In the jail recording, from June 13, Edgar Steele said, "After you hear this tape tomorrow, no matter what you hear, no matter what you think, no matter what you feel, you have to say the following: 'No, that is not my husband's voice.'"

He told his wife federal authorities would be trying to use her to authenticate the recording by confirming that it was in fact her husband's voice.
"He was trying to tell me he's innocent," Cyndi Steele told the court. He was "not asking me to lie."

Later in her testimony, she said, "I don't know what he wanted" when he called. During the jail call, she corrected her husband, "They (federal investigators and prosecutors) weren't the ones insisting that I listen to the tape. I asked to hear the tape, it is my choice whether I wanna hear 'em or not."

Edgar Steele told her, "Please do not be the one that puts me in prison."
About halfway through the call, after Cyndi Steele said that "there's things that I need to talk to you about that I can't talk to you about," her husband broke in.

"Well, you can talk, the husband-wife privilege is absolute and anything you say to me on this phone call, even though it's being recorded, cannot be used in court," he said as jurors listened in.

The trial continues today at 8:30 a.m. with more testimony from Cyndi Steele.
 
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It looks grim about Steele selling off silver when it was just starting to move. He should have been buying more. I hope to find more on the phone recording between Steele and Fairfax. It is notable that the judge ruled against the prosecutor and allowed testimony about Steele's defense of Aryan nations and the resulting death threats.
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Phone records back up Steele recordings
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Edgar Steele's lawyers have questioned the reliability of recordings that show their client discussing the plot to kill his wife with alleged hitman-turned-FBI-informant Larry Fairfax. Prosecutors used phone records provided by the defense to poke a hole in that claim this morning.

Steele told his wife, Cyndi Steele, after his arrest that he expected investigators to provide a manufactured recording that combined several conversations into one. In the recordings, which jurors listened to Wednesday, Fairfax calls Steele as he's driving to his Sagle-area home.

A time-stamped record of that phone call is in records shown to jurors today by the defense. Lawyers were showing jurors the numerous and lengthy phone calls between the Steeles. Cyndi Steele acknowledged the phone record but emphasized that she firmly believes her husband is innocent.

Steele's lawyer Robert McAllister mentioned his client's legal work with the Aryan Nations today while cross examining Cyndi Steele. Prosecutors objected, saying it isn't relevant, but Judge B. Lynn Winmill allowed the testimony.

Cyndi Steele agreed with defense lawyer Robert McAllister that her husband had represented unpopular causes, including Richard Butler and the Aryan Nations and said her family has had previous threats made on their lives . Steele has said she believes her husband was framed by the federal government.

Cyndi Steele also said she was helping her husband with his research into the Russian mail order bride scam. She agreed with McAllister that the emails her husband sent to the women amounted to cyber-space fantasy. She agreed that Edgar is an “excellent writer” who was very capable of writing emails and sounding “love-sick teenager.” She said Edgar never threatened her or her mother and recently helped with her mother's mortgage before his arrest.

She said Edgar told her to go to Oregon to help her mother. “He never objected,” she said. “He was always sad to see me go, but he never objected.” Cyndi Steele's testimony has ended.

Kevin Mitchell, who owns CoinNuts in Coeur d'Alene, testified briefly, telling jurors how he'd cashed in a large amount of silver for Edgar Steele in April.

Josh Young, who was working at the Quik Lube in Coeur d'Alene when he spotted the pipe bomb under Cyndi's car, also briefly testified.

Mark Fox of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office bomb squad will continue testifying after the afternoon break. He helped dismantle the pipe bomb.
 
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I now see why Steele didn't answer all of my emails. He couldn't find them in his Inbox.
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Edgar sent 14k+ emails to other women

April 29, 2011 10:06 a.m.

BOISE - Jurors this morning saw emails Edgar Steele sent to a 25-year-old European woman with whom prosecutors say he was seeking an intimate relationship. The messages were among more than 14,000 Steele sent through a Ukrainian online dating website in the months before his arrest last June.
Steele told Tatyana Loginova he was looking for “his second half, a girl he couldn't live without,” and that he was not in love with his wife.

Edgar Steele told her he had “produced the greatest children in the world, but I deserve more. I will never have another American woman, never again,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Whelan said.

In testimony this morning in U.S. District Court in Boise, Steele's wife, Cyndi Steele, said the correspondence was simply part of his research into the Russian mail order bride scam.

She said the activity differed from her husband's inquires into online dating more than 10 years ago, which led to a divorce petition by Cyndi Steele in 2000. The couple reconciled. Cyndi Steele said her husband, who is on trial for an alleged murder plot against her, said she knew of the correspondence.
“He told me about it because he wanted to discuss it with me, and how I felt about it…so I would know it was not like before,” Cyndi Steele said. “And that's exactly what I did know, it was not like 2000, and this was nothing but research trying to bring down the bride scam.”

Whelan said she reviewed emails with Cyndi Steele in her office last month to avoid surprising and embarrassing her at trial. But, Cyndi Steele said today, “I knew what they were before I went in…I wasn't gong to be embarrassed because I know about them.”

But Edgar Steele could have made up any identity and told the women anything to gain information, Whelan said. Instead, he described his life to Loginova , sent her pictures of his home and new born kittens and mentioned the couple son, Rex. In one email, Edgar Steele says he's worried Rex's mother will be at the home while he's visiting fro spring break.

Cyndi Steele told jurors she wasn't concerned. “He was setting up a ruse the same way the FBI agents did with my husband's arrest,” she said.

Jurors were shown photos of Loginvo form her online profile. “That looks like one of the many pictures of girls that he showed me,” Cyndi Steele said of the images. “All of the girls I saw were pretty like this and very similar in body structure.”

Whelan also focused on Cyndi Steele's theft report regarding $45,000 in silver. She reported the theft in September, more than two months after her husbands arrest. Whelan mentioned that Edgar Steele had called his son, Rex, in July and also asked him to report the theft, telling him that it was “very important”. “You were trying to establish this idea that your husband told you that Larry Fairfax may have stolen from you to help your husband's defense,” Whelan said. “I based my investigation on things that my husband had told me, and then I investigated,” Steele replied.

Whelan said Edgar Steele viewed his wife's dream - their horse farm - as “a symbol of wasted money.” “He knew in reality it was not a money maker, but he knew it was my dream and supported it,” Cyndi Steele said.
 
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BOISE - “This phone call is protected under husband-wife privilege, even if they're recording it, they can't use it for any purpose.” Edgar Steele said that to his wife, Cyndi, in a June phone call played for jurors today in his murder-for-hire case in U.S. District Court in Boise. The call led to a victim tampering charge against him.

Only a portion of the call had been released before today. The entire phone call was played for the 13 women and 1 man hearing the case. Two of the women are alternates.

In the call, Cyndi Steele says she has a “small doubt” because of an earlier incident. “You have not been yourself, and you told me to get out of your life and get out of the way,” she said. Steele said he was in the hospital on drugs. “You've got to know me better than this,” he said.

“Sweetie, I love you. I love you; you've got to believe me,” he continued. “If I were to get rid of you, I would just walk away from you. I would never hurt you. Twenty-five years we spent together, you should know that by now.”

Fairfax testified earlier today that Steele rejected his suggestion of divorce because he said his wife wanted too much when she petitioned for divorce in 2000. Prosecutors submitted that divorce petition as evidence; in it, Cyndi Steele asks for $1,400 a month in child support as well as alimony payments to cover counseling.

In the June phone call, Steele acknowledges he feared she may be seeing another man. “The last few months you seemed distant, and you sure haven't been around, and I've missed you terribly, and I did wonder if you had someone else,”he said.

Cyndi Steele tells her husband that she “told you I was giving you six months. That was the idea, that I needed you to heal before we had any talks.” She testified today that she was not seeking a divorce.

Steele told his wife the recording she was to listen to would be “a very high-class production. I expect this to be very convincing, and it's total fucking bulls**t.

“This is going to be Mission Impossible-level convincing,” he continued. He said the recording likely would be collection of recordings combined into one incriminating phone call. (Defense lawyers wanted two people to testify regarding flaws they found in the recordings, but Judge Lynn Winmill declined; neither expert had supported their findings. One of the experts said he wouldn’t describe the glitches as “suspicious,” because a variety of factors could have caused them.)

Cyndi Steele asks if it's possible that local FBI agents are “oblivious” to the plot. “Yes, it's likely. In fact, it's absolutely likely,” Edgar Steele said. “Most of the FBI agents are good people doing a good job. They're being used. They wouldn't know the difference if they were handed this kind of tape.” He reminds his wife, “If I go to prison, it will only be because of what you tell them tomorrow.”
 
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It looks grim about Steele selling off silver when it was just starting to move. He should have been buying more.
You've got some pretty stupid posts here Don. How could someone possibly know with certainty that the market for silver was going to go up? It wouldn't be the market if everyone knew for sure.

Also, even if it were to go up, and someone knows this with certainty (an impossibility), then sometimes you have to cash in your holdings due to simply needing the money. I know several people that sold their Ford stock at about $4.00 right before it went up to $17.00 and they all had no choice but to do so because they needed the money. Nothing unusual, nothing "grim", just no real choice but to cash in stock at the rock bottom.
 
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For those who have not followed this thread for since last June, I post the two jail house recordings from Steele to his son and wife. The intimidation of victim charge is rather bogus. This conversation may have been properly considered attorney client advice rather than intimidation.
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You've got some pretty stupid posts here Don. How could someone possibly know with certainty that the market for silver was going to go up? It wouldn't be the market if everyone knew for sure.

Also, even if it were to go up, and someone knows this with certainty (an impossibility), then sometimes you have to cash in your holdings due to simply needing the money. I know several people that sold their Ford stock at about $4.00 right before it went up to $17.00 and they all had no choice but to do so because they needed the money. Nothing unusual, nothing "grim", just no real choice but to cash in stock at the rock bottom.
Pray tell us what he needed the money for. Surely he didn't need it to pay Fairfax. As I said, it looks grim. Do you take the position that he didn't sell off silver?
 
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BOISE - When Larry Fairfax spoke with Edgar Steele about a plot to kill Steele's wife, he asked the North Idaho lawyer why he didn't divorce his wife instead. “He said the last time he was going to get a divorce form her she was going to take too much, and we didn't want to part with all his possession and money,” Fairfax said today in U.S. District Court in Boise.

According to court records, Cyndi Steele filed for divorce in June 2000, alleging her husband “misrepresented his marital status and eligibility” in online dating profiles “with the sole intention of meeting women” in San Mateo, where he maintained a law office. The case was dismissed two months later and the couple remained married.

Now prosecutors allege Edgar Steele wanted his wife killed because he believed she was having an affair and because he was interested in a young woman in Europe.

Fairfax, the alleged hitman-turned-FBI informant, testified this morning that Steele had told “he hired a private investigator to follow his wife around and that she was having an affair with an old high school flame in Portland.”
Fairfax also said Steele was planning a 30-day trip to Europe.

Fairfax said he was working at Big Al's in Post Falls when an FBI agent called him on June 15 after the pipe bomb was found under Cyndi Steele's car. He's been in custody since and is to be sentenced after the trial for two federal firearms charges.
 
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BOISE - A Spokane County bomb expert said at Edgar Steele's murder-for-hire trial today that the pipe bomb attached to Cyndi Steele's SUV last June was capable of exploding and unlike any device he's seen. “It's the largest pipe bomb that I've dealt with,” said Sgt. Mike Kittilstved, head of the Spokane County bomb squad, which dismantled the device.

Though hitman-turned-informant Larry Fairfax has said he rigged the bomb so it wouldn't explode, Kittilstved and other experts said that's wasn't the case. Kittilstved said the device contained “a significant amount” of powder. “Definitely enough to ignite the device,” he said. Fairfax has said he cut the fuse in several places to prevent it from burning through.

But Agent Brennan Phillips, an explosives expert for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said the black tape on the device would still burn in place of the fuse. “In fact, the tape will burn a little bit faster,” he said.
Phillips said the construction of the device showed him that “certainly there's a desire to make sure this thing works,” he said. The bomb experts were today's last witnesses.

The prosecution is expected to rest Monday after testimony from Steele's alleged European love interest.
 
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Pray tell us what he needed the money for. Surely he didn't need it to pay Fairfax. As I said, it looks grim. Do you take the position that he didn't sell off silver?
I have no idea what he needed the money for, how about living expenses in a time when everyone was losing their jobs? Even lawyers were hurting in the last recession, and many still are. I know one guy (not a lawyer) personally that blew his entire $100,000 Ford Motor company buyout on gambling, money for his loser son and living expenses while he looked for another job. People spending money, cashing in life savings, this in no way implies that it's money to pay for a hitman, if that's what you're driving at. What an outrageous insinuation you are making.
 
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