Man ‘took 4-foot special needs girlfriend to desert for S&M shoot, watched her suffocate to death’ 

A married man allegedly took his 4-foot, special needs girlfriend to the Nevada desert under the premise of doing an S&M photo shoot where he instead bound her to a signpost as he watched her die of asphyxiation, according to a criminal complaint filed this week. 

John Chapman, 40, is to be formally charged with kidnapping, resulting in the death of Jaime Rae Feden, 33, whose naked body was found tied to the signpost on October 5.

Chapman, who was initially arrested a month after the discovery of the 75-pound woman’s remains in the desert outside Las Vegas, allegedly admitted he killed Feden for her money, the complaint says. 

John Chapman, 40, is to be formally charged with kidnapping, resulting in the death of Jaime Rae Feden, 33, his special needs girlfriend

Feden, who was only 4-foot tall, and weighed 75-pounds, was found dead in the desert outside Las Vegas

Feden, who was only 4-foot tall, and weighed 75-pounds, was found dead in the desert outside Las Vegas

He is to be formally charged next month, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. 

If convicted, he faces life in prison. 

Chapman had been living in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, with a wife he married almost a year before he was arrested. 

His wife Maureen claimed she did not know he was dating Feden – who had VATER syndrome, a series of birth defects that affect several parts of the body and caused her short height – until he called from the police department and confessed to her.

Authorities said he drove Feden, with whom he had a tumultuous relationship, from Bethel Park to Las Vegas, in mid-September. He had taken her on a vacation and to go house hunting.

‘However, Chapman had planned to kill (Feden) before they left Pennsylvania and he had a kill kit ready before their departure for Nevada,’ according to a court affidavit signed by FBI Special Agent Jesse Laramee.

Sometime around September 25th, ‘Chapman convinced (Feden) to drive into the desert under the pretext of participating in an S&M (sadomasochistic/bondage) themed photo shoot’ in Lincoln, County, Nevada, Laramee wrote in the affidavit.

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