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This posting contains information from Josh White's 3/16/95 Michigan Daily articles "FBI changes Jake Baker indictment" and "'Friends of Jake Baker' raffling to raise funds"
The e-mail messages, sent over a 12-day period in December, detail the abduction, rape, torture, and murder of women. The fifth count against Baker and Gonda says the two planned to meet in order to carry out their fantasies.
"We have to get together," said Gonda between Dec. 11 and 12. "I will give you more details as soon as I find out my situation."
According to the indictment, Baker responded, "Alrighty then. If not next week, or in January, then definatly (sic) sometime in the summer. Pickings are better then too. Although it's more crowded."
David Cahill, one of Baker's attorneys, said the case has changed and the new indictment raises several questions.
"The government realized the story was not a part of this case," said Cahill. "It raises many issues as to how the e-mail was obtained and whether or not there is even ground for the new charges brought against him.
"The University investigated Jake in regards to his story and obtained the e-mail to Gonda through that investigation," said Cahill. "They were investigating something that is now deemed not a threat, so it is questionable whether or not the e-mail can be used against him."
"It is very possible that this case will never make it to trial," Cahill said.
"It could be that the University has to ask itself whether or not it wants to suspend Jake now that the government does not perceive him as a threat to the student in his story," said Cahill. "Maybe the University should reconsider. It is possible that he could return this year."
"based on the degrading, humiliating, and frightening manner in which (he had) defamed and invaded the privacy of a student by describing her and using her name in violent and pornographic stories and communications that (he) send out on the Internet,"according to Baker's suspension order obtained by the Daily. The order also justifies Baker's suspension on the grounds that he posed "an imminent danger to members of the University Community."
"We started the fund about two weeks ago," Mrs. Baker said. "A lot of friends and neighbors and co-workers of mine have gotten together as the 'Friends of Jake Baker' in order to help fund his case."
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