Kissel swamped ex-lover with lustful letters: author

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 September, 2007, 12:00am

Nancy Kissel bombarded her television repairman lover with lustful letters from her prison cell in Tai Lam, where she is serving a life sentence for the murder of her husband, Robert Kissel, a new book on the death of the top Merrill Lynch banker says.

American author Joe McGinniss claims the letters swamped Michael Del Priore's Vermont trailer park home last year.

The book, Never Enough, says the letters detailed sexual fantasies Kissel hoped the pair could indulge in once she was freed.

'A surprising number involved washing dishes with the lovers' hands coming together among the pie plates and cereal bowls in the hot soapy water,' McGinniss writes.

'They all ended with her drifting off to sleep after making love as Michael murmured, 'I'll never leave you, baby doll . . . You'll be safe in my arms'.'

The extracts from the book appeared in the New York Post's gossip column Page Six yesterday. Never Enough will be published on November 1. McGinniss writes that Mr Del Priore would read the letters with his new wife, Tracey, and the couple would 'shake their heads'. But eventually the explicit detail became too much for Tracey.

'There got to be too many to keep in the trailer ... He started to put off reading the new ones as they arrived. Then he stopped reading them altogether.'

Mr Del Priore eventually wrote to the head of the Tai Lam Centre for Women in Tuen Mun and asked him to stop forwarding Kissel's letters.

The prosecution in Kissel's murder trial said she killed her husband, who had an estate worth US$18 million, to avoid a 'messy divorce' so she could run off with the TV repairman.

Kissel drugged her husband with a sedatives-laced milkshake before bludgeoning him to death with a heavy metal ornament in their Parkview flat on November 2, 2003. She then rolled the body up in a carpet and got workmen to shift it into storage in the building. The couple's then four-year-old son held the door open while the carpet containing his father's body was taken from the flat.

Kissel claimed she only acted in self defence after years of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of her alcohol- and cocaine-abusing husband. The mother of three begins an eight-day appeal against her life sentence on April 14 next year.