WIFE OF ‘KILLER’ SPEAKS
By Pat Shannan
When Cyndi Steele, the
wife of imprisoned lawyer Edgar J. Steele, first heard that her husband
had been arrested and charged with hiring their handyman to have her
and her mother killed, she simply didn’t believe it. Then, as FBI
agents attempted to persuade her to accept the nonsensical
“plot,” she became suspicious of the agency and went into
Mrs. Steele recently spoke with AFP in an exclusive interview, relating
how she now believes her husband was framed.
Steele has been held in solitary confinement since his arrest on June
11, 2010. In October, Mrs. Steele was finally allowed to visit with him.
“[The FBI] lied to me from the beginning,” said Mrs.
Steele, explaining how FBI agents accused her of cheating on her
husband. “First they claimed they had a private investigator who
had pictures of [me and my boyfriend] together, but I knew they
couldn’t, because there is no boyfriend. Finally, they admitted
they had made that up and then jumped over to the next lie: that Ed had
a Russian girlfriend, and that’s why he wanted to kill me. They
just kept trying to intimidate me into believing their own lies.”
Amore likely scenario might be that Steele was targeted because of his
history defending the politically incorrect in court.
Unbeknownst to the Steeles, the man at the center of the crime,
handyman Larry Fairfax, had been a longtime FBI informant when the
Steeles hired him last December. Steele had been recuperating from a
near-fatal heart operation at his home in Idaho. It’s believed
the FBI had re-enlisted Fairfax to spy on Steele when he told them
where he was working. However, when Fairfax was unable to turn up
anything incriminating, the feds resorted to more drastic measures.
Fairfax claims that Steele had offered him $25,000 to murder Mrs.
Steele and her mother. According to Fair fax, this amount and
“maybe even more” would be paid after Steele collected on
the life insurance. Conveniently, because the mother-inlaw resides in
Oregon, the “crime” qualified for federal jurisdiction
under the FBI.
Mrs . Steele has finally brought to the table the piece of evidence
that has the federal prosecutors scrambling for yet another new motive:
There is no life insurance. The Steeles had canceled it after the last
child left home a few years ago. Another perplexing point is the
mystery man who rode with Fairfax to the Oregon home of Mrs.
Steele’s mother to inspect and possibly install the pipe bomb
discovered under Mrs. Steele’s car.
Mrs. Steele’s attorney Wesley Hoyt received an anonymous tip
naming the accomplice as James Maher, a neighbor and friend of Fairfax.
When Hoyt and client played the tip for federal prosecutor Tracy
Whelan, she admitted that Maher was the ride-along friend but claimed
he had done nothing wrong.
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