Monday, 16 October 2006
Kinky relationship which went sour
An American man has been convicted of attempting to murder his Gloucestershire wife, who was allergic to latex, by putting a rubber gloved hand in her mouth. The jury heard a tale of bondage, whips and internet chatrooms.
Allison Phelps met American Charles Henson in an internet chatroom devoted to bondage and domination.
Her chatroom nickname was Salacious Squirrel and the pair married just months after meeting face-to-face for the first time.
The jury heard details of a "master-slave" contract which was drawn up by Henson for his wife to sign to formalise their relationship.
In their online conversations she also talked about her fantasy home - a large farm with stables and a dungeon.
What took place on the internet
was fantasy - Allison Phelps
But Ms Phelps told the court this idea was "just fantasy, not reality" and added: "What took place on the internet was fantasy."
Henson said he had an interest in bondage since he was about 19 and the couple had talked online about being in a master-slave relationship, with her as the submissive partner.
He said: "We also talked about various different other things that we both had in common, like the fact that I liked swords and had a sword collection in the home I was sharing with my mother at the time.
"I had 14 swords, 23 daggers, a battle-axe and two rapiers."
Henson told the court Ms Phelps agreed to become his slave and he bought a collar for her to wear symbolising the bond.
Latex man found guilty
He also said the couple had visited a bazaar in Birmingham prior to their marriage, where Ms Phelps bought a kind of whip called a "flogger" for them to use.
Henson said: "She didn't want me to spend any of my money. We looked at various different floggers. The first one we picked out and she chose was a heavy duty black flogger.
"A flogger is a whip. It's a handle with various different fronds for corporal punishment.
"In the Marquis de Sade lifestyle the submissive is into being flogged or caned or birched for pleasure."
But despite their shared interest in bondage and sado-masochism, the marriage collapsed and Henson, 39, went back to his native Wisconsin before returning to his wife's home in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, in March this year.
By then the 40-year-old had taken the surname of her new partner, Michael Phelps.