Key witness testifies in torture plot trial
Prosecutors are questioning a key witness in the trial of a former Chicago police officer.
Steve Mandell is accused of plotting to kidnap, torture and murder a suburban businessman.
The two main characters in the case were the stars of audio and video recordings played for the court Wednesday.
Steve Mandell and George Michael were heard talking about how they would muscle out competitors from the strip club business.
However, Michael was also an informant for the FBI back in 2012.
Chicago real estate mogul and former banker with a checkered past, George Michael, took the recordings of Steve Mandell.
Much of the recordings have the two discussing renting a store front on West Devon Avenue, they called ‘club med.’
Michael told jurors Mandell planned to use it as a torture chamber with industrial size sinks to drain his victims’ blood.
The recordings also have the two discussing the best way to take over a number of strip clubs.
Michael said that Mandell talked about torturing and murdering the people that were running them.
Mandell’s attorneys have said all of this was just talk and his client had no plans to murder anyone.
Mandells’ plan was actually to scam money from Michael.
More testimony is expected Wednesday afternoon.