A ‘cult queen’ found guilty of brutally murdering and dismembering another woman who was lured on Tinder could be sentenced to death.
Bailey Boswell, 26, and her 54-year-old boyfriend Aubrey Trail, who claimed to be a vampire, strangled Sydney Loofe, 24, and then chopped the victim’s body into 14 pieces.
Miss Loofe’s remains were later found in bin bags scattered on the side of rural roads in the US state of Nebraska.
Boswell’s trial heard that the couple told other dates they controlled a coven of witches, – with Boswell being the ‘queen’, they gained supernatural powers by killing people, and had made videos of torture and murder.
After less than four hours of deliberations, jury on Wednesday found Boswell guilty of first degree murder, improper disposal of human remains and conspiracy to commit murder.
Wearing a face mask due to the coronavirus pandemic, she hung her head as the verdicts were deliberated.
The state is seeking the death penalty for both Boswell and Trail.
Boswell is due to be sentenced at a later date. She could be the first woman in Nebraska to be sent to death row.
Trail was found guilty of first degree murder following a trial in July 2019, and is scheduled to be sentenced in December.
Prosecutors said Boswell used Tinder to lure Miss Loofe to the couple’s flat in the city of Wilber in November 2017.
It is thought she was killed quickly, as her mobile phone was turned off 24 minutes after she arrived at the apartment.
her body was cut into 14 pieces using a hacksaw and tinsnips bought from a Home Depot shop just hours earlier.
Boswell and Trail wrapped the body parts in plastic bags and dumped them along rural roads.
Miss Loofe’s remains were discovered three weeks later.
Boswell’s trial heard from Ashley Hills, 23, who knew the couple and told the court that Trail claimed he was a vampire with 12 witches.
Boswell was alleged to have been the ‘queen’ of the witches’ coven, the Journal Star reported.
Jurors were told that Boswell would contact young women on social media, and she and Trail together picked out a victim.
Trail whipped and choke Hills, and told her that she could also become a witch if she killed someone, the court heard.
Hills told the trial: “To get your power, you would have to breathe in someone’s last breath.”
She said Trail asked her to call him “daddy” and gave her an allowance of $200 (£155) a week, adding: “I liked the idea of being taken care of.”
But she added that she now thinkgs he is a “psychopath” and a “con artist”.