It Was Snowing That Night: Part 1
It was snowing on the night of December 14, when 25-year-old schoolteacher H.G. slid behind the wheel of her red Toyota Paseo. Her dear schnauzer, Nikki, sat beside her on the passenger seat.
H.G. looked forward to a pleasant evening with close friends and a night with the man she loved. That man was bespectacled and handsome Jason Bradford, 26, who taught science at Augusta High School and coached the boys' junior varsity basketball team. He was a popular teacher with a flamboyant streak expressed in the bright blue shoes he habitually wore.
Bradford shared a triplex with two other young men, Brad Hetland, 27, and Aaron Sarig, 29.
Hetland worked for petroleum and chemical conglomerate Koch Industries, where he was a valued employee thought to have a bright future. The chubby man with the winning smile and lively sense of humor had earned three promotions in as many years.
Sarig was a slender, fresh-faced man who looked younger than his years. A devout Roman Catholic, he had recently quit Koch because he felt called to the priesthood.
H.G. arrived at her beau's 12727 Birchwood Dr. home at about 8:30 p.m. Having her own key, she let herself inside the condominium. She saw Hetland and Sarig but not Bradford.
First Heather Mills, 25, then Bradford, joined the group. Mills was a pretty woman who wore her light brown hair in a pageboy and attended graduate school at Wichita State University. She and Sarig had dated, drawn to each other in part because of their shared commitment to the Roman Catholic Church.
That piety had also led to their recent break-up as a couple since Sarig wanted to enter the priesthood. They remained close friends and Mills was starting to feel that, like Sarig, she might have a religious vocation and spoke of becoming a nun.
Bradford was in love with H. G. and wanted to marry her but had not yet worked up the nerve to "pop the question." He had recently bought an engagement ring for her and, at the same time, purchased a book on how to propose.
The five friends watched TV, ate dinner, and made conversation before heading off to their various beds.
Bradford and H.G. were snuggling together under the sheets when the porch light suddenly came on. "Don't tell me I have to get up and turn off the light again," Bradford said irritably.
H.G. heard Sarig talking with someone. The voices were muffled so she assumed he was chatting with Mills. H.G. turned to look at the digital clock and could not make it out completely because her boyfriend's head was in the way but saw that it was sometime after 11:00 p.m.
The bedroom was in semi-darkness when its door burst open. Bradford screamed.
A tall black male pointing a gun stood in the doorway. He came into the room and tore the covers off the bed in which H.G. and Jason were lying. H.G. had only a T-shirt and underwear on. Then a second black man, also armed with a gun, led Sarig into the room. Since the room was cloaked in darkness, it was hard for H.G. to physically differentiate between the intruders except to see that the second man was not as tall or thickly built as the first. The shorter man shoved Sarig onto the bed.
Little Nikki growled and bared her teeth.
"Grab your dog," one of the invaders said, "or we'll shoot her."
"Who else is here?" the other man demanded. The terrified victims told of Hetland and Mills. One of the attackers headed down the stairs while the other guarded H.G., Bradford, and Sarig.
Clad in a white undershirt and a pair of boxers, Hetland was brought up into the bedroom. The intruder then left, retrieved Mills and brought her to the room. She had on a sweater with a shirt under it and jeans and boots.
"Get undressed!" an intruder ordered.
All five took their clothes off.
The shorter man left his partner to guard the victims while he checked out the house.
"Do you have any money?" the taller gunman asked the now-naked group.
Eager to cooperate, the desperate victims begged him to "take our money!"
He asked who had ATM cards. Each victim raised a hand and told him the amount. Lights were switched on in the living room area.
"Where's the safe?" the taller man asked.
The men who lived there said there was no safe and the robber replied, "In a house this nice there has to be a safe!"
The shorter man returned to the room. Mills and H.G. were ordered to go to the wet bar area located just outside Jason's bedroom.
A hideous sexual orgy began. The women were commanded to perform oral sex on each other.
"Suck that pussy," an intruder ordered.
H.G.did that to Mills first, and then Mills did that back.
The intruders then ordered the two girls to digitally penetrate one another.
H.G. inserted her fingers in Mills's vagina while Mills was doing the same to H.G..
"Do it deeper," an intruder said.
Then Mills was taken back to the bedroom and Hetland ordered into the wet bar where he was told to have sexual intercourse with H.G. Unable to get an erection, he forced his soft penis into her.
The intruder expressed anger over Hetland's inability to get an erection.
Hetland was told to stop, then led out of the room. Bradford was brought into the wet bar and ordered to have intercourse with H.G. He pushed his flaccid organ into her vagina.
Then one of the intruders said, "That's his girl. Don't let him do it with his girl."
He was returned to the bedroom and Sarig brought into the wet bar and told to have sex with H.G. "I can't do it," he pleaded. They told him he had to and one of them hit him in the back of the head with the butt of his gun.
Sarig pushed his limp penis into H.G.'s vagina and went through the motions of intercourse.
The attackers directed H.G. to leave the bar area. She accompanied them back to the bedroom. They ordered her into the closet where she joined Bradford and Hetland. The victims were told not to speak. The folding doors of the closet were shut on three naked, frightened people.
Mills and Sarig were commanded to go to enter the wet bar.
The intruders again ordered Sarig to get an erection and again he said he could not. He was told he had until 11:54 to "get his dick hard." The angry captor counted the minutes from 11:52 to 11:54.
When the time was up, the man beat Sarig, probably with a golf club from the residence.
In the meantime H.G. was performing oral sex on Bradford in the closet, because there were threats being made that if he didn’t have an erection, that he would be shot, so she was trying to help him.
The intruders then took Sarig to the closet and ordered Bradford out of it and made him to have sex with Mills.
During that time, H.G. could hear Mills moaning. She wasn’t crying, it was just sounds of pain.
Some minutes passed and Bradford was brought back to the closet.
The intruders led Hetland out of the closet and ordered him to have intercourse with Mills.