Friday, May 04, 2007

Writer bought chemicals, police badge on eBay before Halloween attack

NEW YORK (Court TV) - A writer accused of a sadistic Halloween sex attack on a former colleague began acquiring supplies up to 10 months before the assault, according to the eBay transaction records prosecutors presented Thursday at his sex abuse trial.

Under the user names "drgroovy" and "gulagmeister," struggling journalist Peter Braunstein purchased chloroform, the firefighter uniform and the smoke-bomb materials that he used in a 13-hour attack on a former colleague from Fairchild Publications, where he worked as a writer for Women's Wear Daily until 2003.

After his dismissal from the magazine and a break-up with a girlfriend, his lawyers say, he became unhinged, and the stress culminated in the attack on Oct. 31, 2005, in the victim's Manhattan apartment.

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