A Nebraska woman who helped her deviant sex cult boyfriend kill a Tinder date and dispose of the remains narrowly missed a death penalty sentence.
In October 2020, a Dawson County jury convicted Bailey Boswell of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and improper human remains disposal. On Monday, one of three judges on a three-judge panel ruled that the prosecution didn’t prove beyond a doubt that Boswell was deserving of the death penalty.
Instead, Boswell was sentenced to life in prison. She’ll spend the rest of her lift at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in connection with the 2017 death of Sydney Loofe, 24.
“The murder was coldly calculated, Boswell relished the murder, there was needless viewed mutilation of the body. The murder was senseless and Sidney Loofe was a helpless victim,” Judge Vicky Johnson said on Monday
“[She] was needlessly mutilated by Trail and Boswell as part of the plan to satisfy her sexual desire. The mutilation was not done as an afterthought to hide the body.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Boswell conspired for weeks with her boyfriend, Aubrey Trail, 52, to lure in Loofe. Boswell enticed Loofe to meet up for a date after meeting her on Tinder, a dating app.
Trail had his own trial in 2019. Upon hearing the guilty verdict on murder charges, he chanted out that Boswell was innocent before slitting his own throat inside the courtroom. He survived the incident and was sentenced to death.
Loofe disappeared on November 15, 2017, during a second date with Boswell, after the pair met on a dating app. After the first date, Loofe told friends she had found her dream girl. Boswell previously said that she spent the first date with Loofe while they “drove around Lincoln, smoked weed [and] had a great time.”
The following day, the pair went on the second date. After Loofe failed to show up to work at a hardware goods store, her mother called police, which eventually led investigators to Boswell and Trail.
Boswell initially posted a video on Facebook, explaining that she dropped Loofe off at a friend’s house after their second date and made plans to go to a casino for a third date. The Facebook post was eventually deleted.
Trail also initially denied harming Loofe, claiming that he was a thief but would never harm a woman.
“I do what I do, be it, if I’m a thief, I’m a thief. But I’ll be goddamned, I’ve never killed anyone in my life. I’ve never hurt a female in my life. So take that for whatever the hell it’s worth.”
After collecting evidence during the investigation, authorities arrested the pair on November 30, 2017. Trail ended up confessing that he strangled Loofe with an extension cord, then buried her body with the help of Boswell. Her body parts had been cut up with a “fine-toothed saw.”
Loofe was eventually found on a rural road in central Nebraska. Her body parts were chopped up and placed in several different trash bags.
Trail later told the Lincoln Star that Loofe’s death was an accident that happened while holding an object inside the victim’s mouth, unintentionally killing her during fantasy sexual role-playing. Trail reportedly said he never contacted police since he didn’t think anyone would believe him, given his alternative lifestyle.
Assistant Attorney General Sandra Allen argued during the first day of Bailey’s trial that cellphone footage placed the pair in the area of the crime scene and store receipts showed they purchased incriminating items.
Allen added that the pair bought duct tape, a saw, pots and pans, and trash bags before Boswell’s November 15 date with Loofe.
Bailey Boswell’s attorney, Todd Lancaster, said that the case against Boswell was “weak,” and that his client feared Trail and did what she was told.
“She did what she was told because of the threats from Aubrey Trail. But talking about this case without talking about Aubrey Trail is like talking about the Titanic and not talking about the iceberg at all. Aubrey Trail is at the very center of this case.”
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