Brittany Dawn Killgore was murdered three days after she filed papers to divorce her Camp Pendleton Marine husband serving in Afghanistan because a female sex slave feared the 22-year-old was moving in on her male “master” and his female servant.
That's the story one of three murder suspects reportedly police detectives, who believe Killgore was snuffed out by a “master, servant and slave role
playing” ring into “unusual sexual fetishes.”
So much for Lance Cpl. Cory Killgore's desire to silence “salacious gossip and rumor” surrounding his wife's demise. The Marine made that plea after, well, salacious stories began circulating following the arrest of three bizarre suspects in her murder.
The body of Brittany Killgore was found in a ravine near a Riverside County lake on April 13. She had neck injuries consistent with strangulation and marks on her wrist and
leg that suggested someone tried to use a saw or other tool to dismember
her, according to an arrest warrant viewed via a judge's order by the Associated Press and other media organizations.
Included in the document is a startling, disturbing and, well, salacious confession murder suspect Jessica Lynn Lopez gave to San Diego County Sheriff's homicide detectives after she was arrested April 17 at a San Diego Ramada Inn with blood streaming from cuts she made to her arms.
A mirror in the motel room had “PIGS READ THIS” scrawled on it, and just below was her apparent suicide note: seven pages laced with profanities, accusations that the cops were incompetent and a detailed explanation of where Killgore's body had been left and the deceased's injuries, which were consistent with what detectives and medical examiners had discovered.
Here is the narrative Lopez spins in the warrant:
She believed Killgore wanted to be with the man Lopez refers to as her “master” (but deputies call their “murder suspect”), Camp Pendleton Marine Louis Ray Perez. Explaining she had been burned before when an outsider joined her
sex-slave ring, Lopez wrote she shot Killgore with a stun gun as soon as she
entered the Fallbrook home 45-year-old Perez shared with Lopez, 25, and sex servant/third murder suspect Dorothy Maraglino, 38.
Lopez went on to wrap a rope around Killgore's
neck, bury her face in a pillow and strangle her. “She barely moved but
she just wouldn't die, the miserable whore,” the letter reportedly
states, adding 300 lbs. Lopez had tried “to chop … up” Killgore with Perez's power tools
and doused her in bleach before
dumping the nude body near Lake Skinner.
Perez, er, her “master,” had nothing to do with Killgore's killing, Lopez stressed, but cops aren't buying it, according to the warrant. Investigators say they found Killgore's blood, a pair of gloves and a stun gun with Perez's DNA on it in his mud-caked Ford Explorer.
Investigators believe Perez helped Killgore move and then invited her to a dinner cruise. Perez later picked Killgore up, but instead of going to a dinner cruise, the man referred to on his own kinky website as “Master Ivan” took her to his Fallbrook home, where she was murdered.
Perez claimed that after rendezvousing with Killgore, he dropped her off at a nightclub in downtown San Diego, parked his Explorer, went inside to find her but did not see her again. So he drove home.
But, according to the warrant, his cell phone would later show he was in Fallbrook when he claimed to be downtown. Killgore's phone, which investigators suspect Perez later dumped downtown, was found at the feet of a homeless man. It would go on to place her in Fallbrook when Perez claimed she was downtown.
Her phone also showed she had sent a friend a text that read “Help” shortly after Perez picked her up. The friend texted back, asking if Killgore was okay. A response came two hours later: “Yes I love this party.” She had never before mentioned a party, and Killgore normally typed “yeah” instead of “yes,” according to the friend.
Lopez, Perez and Maraglino, who are currently being held in lieu of $3 million bail each on first-degree murder charges, have an Aug. 21 court date.
The warrant claims police found “bondage type sex apparatuses, toys and tools” in the Fallbrook home. Nothing in the document indicates Killgore was aware of the sex-slave ring.
OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.