After Brandy Odom’s remains were found strewn across Brooklyn’s Canarsie Park in April 2018, her roommates, Cory Martin and Adelle Anderson, were quickly suspected.
Now, nearly two and a half years after the gruesome crime, Martin, 33, and Anderson, 32, face federal fraud and aggravated identity theft charges in connection with Odom’s murder.
The arrests follow Anderson’s confession in an interview with law enforcement last week that Martin killed Odom by strangling him, after which Anderson helped him dispose of the body. The case made headlines across New York City, and Odom’s funeral drew hundreds of mourners.
According to prosecutors, Martin and Anderson – who lived with Odom in Queens before his death – conspired to purchase two life insurance policies on the 26-year-old, worth a total of $ 200,000. Anderson reportedly introduced herself as Odom when she applied for the policies and said she had a sister named Adelle Anderson who would be her beneficiary. Martin then allegedly killed Odom, and about two weeks later Anderson attempted to claim the money.
Anderson and Odom weren’t really related. And Odom, who dreamed of being a flight attendant, was a sex worker under Martin’s control, prosecutors said. The two women called him “daddy,” according to text messages investigators say they found on Martin’s phone.
“This term is common in sex trafficking, prostitution and related crimes and reflects the disproportionate power dynamic between the individual performing commercial sex services and the individual receiving these services,” said a detention memo filed by the prosecutors.
In addition to the texts between Martin and Anderson in which they appear to discuss purchasing life insurance on Odom’s behalf, they both reportedly left a vast trail of electronic breadcrumbs indicating their alleged crimes.
Three days before Odom’s murder, a cell phone named Martin scanned “keyhole saws” on HomeDepot.com. He eventually landed on a product page for a 12 amp Dewalt version that someone at a nearby Home Depot bought later that day, with five saw blades and a box of black garbage bags, in cash . That night, Martin’s phone was used to search YouTube for “how to insert a blade for a reciprocating saw” and “to use a reciprocating saw”.
The day after Odom’s murder, Martin’s phone was used to search the Internet for, among other things, “eyewitness news in New York” and “breaking news in New York today”. The person using Martin’s phone clicked on an article titled “Woman’s dismembered body found inside Canarsie Park,” as well as a Twitter message that Lily, “Person walking dog discovers remains of woman in Brooklyn Park.” A day later, Martin’s phone searched YouTube again, typing: “exclusive interview with mother of girl found in park.”
On April 26, 17 days after Odom’s dismembered body was found in several black garbage bags, Anderson allegedly called insurer Globe Life. Impersonating Odom’s sister, prosecutors say, she asked if a claim was being made as a beneficiary of Odom’s policy.
“When the representative asked if Odom’s death was ‘natural, accidental, homicidal or suicide’, Anderson replied, ‘the third’,” says a complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn.
Two months later, Anderson reportedly called the American National Life Insurance Company. She told a claims representative that a “family member who had a policy with you guys has passed,” according to the complaint.
Representative: How did she do it?
Caller: Um. She – someone did that to her.
Representative: So it’s homicide?
Caller: Mm-hmm. I hate to say it. It’s just, it’s amazing.
Representative: And your name?
Appellant: My name is Adelle Anderson.
Representative: And your relationship?
Caller: This is my sister.
Representative: Okay, wait a second. OKAY. Can I get a phone number for you?
Caller: Uh, [phone number].
Representative: What is the name of the funeral home used?
Caller: I had – I don’t know. I have nothing to do with the funeral for her. I am not sure.
In the end, the two never received their payment. If found guilty, they now face up to 22 years in prison. Lawyers for Martin and Anderson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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