A trio are accused of luring Brittany Rager to their trailer and holding her down while trying to cut off her fingers with gardening shears (Cincinnati.com)
(from left) Sheena Moore, 24; her father, Gerald Moore, 49; and her boyfriend John Gulley are accused of attacking Brittany Rager and trying to cut off her fingers with gardening shears (Warren Co. (OH) Jail)
MASON, OH - Brittany Rager thought she was visiting an estranged friend to repair their friendship.
She had no idea she was walking into what she called a "torture chamber" that would leave her fighting for her life.
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That's the scene the 27-year-old Mason woman described the morning of May 5 when she visited the Mason mobile home of childhood friend, Shena Moore, who shares the home with her father, Gerald Moore Jr., and boyfriend, John Gulley.
The two had been as close as sisters until Gulley began sending her sexually explicit text messages, she said.
"She was my right-hand girl. She was always a little too quick to fight, but she always had my back and was a good friend," Rager said.
Rager said Moore invited her to her home in the 700 block of Reading Road to discuss the rift, but shortly after she arrived, she says a 450-pound Gerald Moore struck her with his cane while Shena Moore and Gulley began punching her.
"It was 1,300 pounds against 115 pounds," Rager said. "I kept saying, 'Please let me leave, I won't call the cops.' They just kept beating me."
Rager said that under Gerald Moore's orders, the trio then held her down and first tried to break her fingers and then tried to cut them off with long-handled pruning shears.
Their goal, she says, was to sabotage her career as a tattoo artist.
"Shena put my pinkie in (the shears) and said, 'This all could have been avoided if I had just not told her that her boyfriend was cheating on her,'" Rager said.
"I remember Gerald saying I wasn't going to make it out alive. I thought, 'I'm going to die.'"
Rager said she was able to escape after one of her kicks knocked down Gerald Moore. During the struggle, she said Gulley struck her in the forehead with the pruning shears, which resulted in a concussion and hairline skull fracture.
Prosecutors said the Moores then called 911 with the intention of telling police Rager had attacked and tried to rob them. Gulley fled the scene and was apprehended nearby soon after.
A Warren County grand jury last week indicted Gerald Moore, 49, Shena Moore, 24, and Gulley, 31, on felony charges of kidnapping and felonious assault. Each faces up to 19 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
None of the suspects is a stranger to the criminal justice system, court records show.
Gulley pleaded guilty in March 2012 to assault and received a sentence of eight months in prison. He has previous convictions for drug-related offenses, aggravated trespassing and assault.
Shena Moore was convicted in 2012 of possession of drug paraphernalia, for which a Mason judge sentenced her to 30 days in jail and 15 more when she violated the terms of her probation.
Gerald Moore was sentenced to 30 days in jail in 2009 when a Mason judge convicted him of disorderly conduct.
Shena Moore and Gulley are each being held at the Warren County Jail on $50,000 bonds. Gerald Moore was released from custody May 17 on his own recognizance due to a medical condition.
Gerald Moore declined to comment, referring a reporter's calls to his attorney, whose voicemail did not accept messages.
Rager says she still suffers from migraines and post-traumatic stress disorder but has been unable to seek treatment because she doesn't have health insurance.
"I have night terrors. I wake up screaming and punching. Any time I see any kind of sharp instrument, I freak out," she said.
She credits her survival to what she calls her guardian angel, a childhood friend who died at 15.
"It was like being in a 'Saw' movie," said Rager, referring to the ultra-violent movie series.