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Meth-Fueled ‘BDSM’ Tryst Ends in Trip to ER, Arrest

Brian Reade

Brian Reade

A Phoenix, Ariz., man who dropped his bleeding, injured wife off at the emergency room on July 21, 2013, was arrested after police found an array of bloody bondage equipment in their bedroom. The wife, who admitted to having smoked a little meth that day, said she was assaulted by a demon.

Personnel in the Paradise Valley Hospital’s had no idea who dropped off the injured woman at the emergency room, or what had happened to her. It was clear that she had broken facial bones and lacerations all over her body, but the woman could not recall what had happened. According to court documents, she later told a nurse that her husband had done it. Later still, she said that it was “not actually [her husband], but a demon that had left his body,” and had “tied her up with chains and assaulted her.” The wife added that she had smoked meth earlier that day.

A review of the surveillance footage taken outside the hospital showed her husband, Brian Reade, 48, leaving her there. About 10 hours after that, rather than check in on her, Reade opted to call police and report that he thought his wife might have drugged and sexually assaulted him. Investigators found no signs of injury on Brian Reade.

A search of the couple’s home turned up a “toy box” in the form of a trunk at the end of the couple’s bed. According to police the trunk contained “bondage items,” specifically bloody: rope, chain and bolt cutters, as well as whips, dildos, ball gags, and two eyelets mounted on the ceiling over the bed, which could be “possibly used for bondage-type situations.” The bolt cutters had apparently been used on the woman’s toes, though the extent of the injuries inflicted is unknown. One of the chains matched the marks on his wife’s back. The sheets and blankets were already in the wash.

Reade was arrested and charged with two felony counts of assault with temporary disfigurement.

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