Brittanee Drexel was enjoying herself, rebelling against her parents. It’s what 17-year-olds do, sometimes. She was showing off how grown-up she was. She was staying in a motel in Myrtle Beach and meeting all kinds of interesting people.
Like pimp and career violent felon Da’Shaun Taylor. What better way to get Daddy’s goat than to get involved with a guy like that? The FBI reports (via the NY Post) that Taylor…
…showed her off, introduced her to some other friends that were there … they ended up tricking her out with some of their friends, offering her to them and getting a human trafficking situation.
That’s bad, but the details are even worse:
The shocking new details about the mysterious disappearance of 17-year-old Rochester, NY, native Brittanee Drexel came largely from a “jailhouse confession” that was subsequently substantiated by others with “tidbits” and “secondhand information,” FBI Agent Gerrick Munoz testified in a federal court transcript obtained by the Post and Courier of Charleston.
The inmate who gave the alleged bombshell confession, Taquan Brown, is serving a 25-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter in a different case. Brown told authorities he was present during the final agonizing moments of Drexel’s life, Munoz said.
Brown claimed to have seen Drexel when he visited a “stash house” — typically a place used to keep guns, drugs or money — in the McClellanville area, the general location where Drexel’s cellphone last pinged.
Munoz said Brown told officials he saw Da’Shaun Taylor, then 16 years old, and several other men “sexually abusing Brittanee Drexel.” Brown then said he walked to the back yard of the house to give money to Taylor’s father, Shaun Taylor. But as Brown and Shaun Taylor talked, Drexel tried to make a break for it. Her escape attempt was in vain, however, and one of the captors “pistol-whipped” Drexel and carried her back inside the house. Brown said he then heard two gunshots. The next time Brown said he saw Drexel, her body was being wrapped up and removed from the house.
No really, the details are worse than that.
Drexel’s body has never been found, but Munoz said “several witnesses” have told investigators she was dumped in an unspecified McClellanville pond teeming with alligators.
…. As the media spotlight grew ever brighter on the desperate efforts to find Drexel, the girl was “murdered and disposed of,” Munoz said.
You could say that Britanee Drexel got a little more of the Mandingo experience than she thought she was going for.
Taylor, for his part, is out on $10,000 bail. His attorney objects even to that:
Taylor’s attorney contended the federal charges are a naked attempt to “squeeze” Taylor for information on the Drexel case.
How terribly unfair. The Man always be keeping the brotherman down, for trivial stuff like this.
We note that if 10-20-Life had been applied, Taylor would still be in prison for a 2011 robbery (and various misdeeds before that). Instead, criminal-loving lawyers and judges set him free to kill. And now they’ve set him free to kill again.