A woman recognized in 2006 by Time-Warner as one of San Diego’s “50 Best Moms” has a dark side. After losing a bid on what was described as her “dream home”, 52 year-old Kathy Rowe began embarked on a campaign of revenge against the couple who won. Rowe started with minor, annoying pranks like signing the couple up for visits from religious groups, and then escalated into criminal behavior. Rowe came to the attention of the authorities after it was discovered that she had posted ads online in the wife’s name that stated she had a rape fantasy that she wanted to be fulfilled.
The ads encouraged men who were interested to force their way into the home and rape her, and noted that they should ignore her pleas to stop. The ads were accompanied by the woman’s photo and address, and Rowe had very explicit conversations with the men who responded. ( You can download a DOC of the Appeal of the Superior Court here, but be warned: It’s NSFW.)Rowe is trying to play it all off as a prank and claims that she didn’t really intend for her target to be raped, but it certainly doesn’t seem that way to me.
SAN DIEGO — Consumed with bitterness over losing her Carmel Valley dream home to a couple with a higher bid, Kathy Rowe found an outlet for her anger: revenge.
But what she is calling a childish prank, prosecutors say was a perverse scheme to have a woman raped.
The payback against the young husband and wife homebuyers started mildly enough, court records show. Putting a stop on their mail. Signing them up for catalogs for incontinence supplies. Sending religious missionaries to their doorstep.
It’s what Rowe did next that could send her to prison.
She posed as the wife in online adult entertainment ads titled “Carmel Valley Freak Show,” inviting strange men over to the couple’s home for sex and describing scenarios of a rape fantasy to those who responded. The wife’s photo and address were included in the postings.
“I love to be surprised and have a man just show up at my door and force his way in the door and on me, totally taking me while I say no,” Rowe wrote to one man who responded.
One man decided to follow up on the offer, but was thwarted once by a locked gate and a second time when the husband answered the door.
A legal dispute is now brewing over the felony charges Rowe faces in connection with the postings.