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Internet ad led victim to date Robinson

February 10, 2001

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— A Texas woman testified Friday that she met John E. Robinson Sr. through an Internet advertisement seeking people for a sado-masochistic relationship.

Robinson, 57, is accused of killing five women and a teen-age girl, whose bodies were found in barrels in Linn County, Kan., and Raymore, Mo. He's also charged with aggravated sexual battery and felony theft involving the Texas woman who met Robinson at a hotel for sex.

John E. Robinson sits silently at the defense table and listens to
Judge John Anderson on the final day of his preliminary hearing at
the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe. Robinson is accused in
Missouri and Kansas of killing six women during the past 15 years.

John E. Robinson sits silently at the defense table and listens to Judge John Anderson on the final day of his preliminary hearing at the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe. Robinson is accused in Missouri and Kansas of killing six women during the past 15 years.

Prosecutors rested their case Friday in Robinson's preliminary hearing after questioning the woman, who is not being named because she is an alleged victim of sexual abuse, and medical examiners who discussed how the victims were killed.

Defense attorneys did not present any witnesses during the weeklong hearing. Johnson County District Judge John Anderson III is scheduled to hear briefs in the case on March 2 before deciding whether there is enough evidence against Robinson to warrant a trial.

The Texas woman testified that she was interested in the emotional and role-playing aspects of the bondage-discipline-sadomasochistic lifestyle instead of "heavy bondage" activity.

She said she was looking for an unmarried man for a monogamous relationship. When Robinson answered her ad, he talked to her about her job situation and offered to help her find work in the Kansas City area, she said.

She drove to the area on Easter last year and checked into an extended-stay motel in Overland Park.

In her testimony, she described sexual encounters during the next several days in which Robinson at times restrained her, slapped her and demanded sex acts that she did not want to perform.

The woman said she consented to some of the acts because she still hoped Robinson would help her get a job.

After staying for several days, she returned to Texas with the understanding that Robinson, who purported to be a wealthy business owner, would pay to move her and her belongings to the Kansas City area.

She called police several weeks later after Robinson refused to return some sex toys she'd loaned him.

In other testimony Friday, Jackson County Medical Examiner Thomas Young testified that three bodies found in Robinson's storage locker June 5 were killed by blows to the head. The injuries could have been caused by the head of a hammer, he said.

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