— The four Wisconsin women who stuck together and stuck it to an alleged philanderer with Krazy Glue are now facing harsh music in court for their bizarre revenge plan. But the group’s so-called mastermind tells TODAY the women are victims, not criminals, when it comes to the curious case of Donessa T. Davis.
Police say Davis, 37, was lured to a hotel room in Stockbridge, Wis., late last month, where he was met by his lover of three months, Therese Ziemann. After tying Davis up with the promise of a sensual massage, she then called for her sister, Michelle Belliveau; Davis’ other lover, Wendy Sewell, and his estranged wife, Tracy Hood-Davis. The four allegedly taunted Davis and then inflicted the ultimate insult, using Krazy Glue to affix his manhood to his body — a scheme that may have been inspired by an episode of the sitcom “Two and a Half Men” in which a similar fate befell Charlie Harper, the bed-hopping bachelor played by Charlie Sheen.
Facts in the case are vague — Davis claims his appendage was glued to his leg, for example, while the women claim it was tacked to his tummy — but in her first public interview since being arrested, Ziemann told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Tuesday that all is not what it seems. “Nothing was done against his will,” Ziemann claimed. “We’re the victims,” she added, referring to the three other women and herself.
Not a woman scorned?
“[The meeting] was just going to be for us to see his face, to let him see that we all knew about each other, and the gig was up,” Ziemann said via satellite from Neenah, Wis. “But things transpired that changed the events that happened that night.”
Ziemann bristled at being called the ringleader of the women-scorned foursome, saying that other than her sister, “I knew the girls for about two minutes.”
Vieira asked Ziemann how all four managed to end up in the same room with a trussed-up Davis.
She responded: “We had a conversation on the phone, and all the three girls have their own interests in this. I can only speak for myself, and mine has nothing to do with being a scorned woman, nothing.”
To be sure, Davis is getting little sympathy as the victim in the case. Ziemann claims Davis bilked her out of some $3,000 to pay his hotel bills, and reports suggest he may have been seeing up to five women simultaneously.
And while the Gang of Four are free on bond, Davis himself is cooling his heels in the Fond Du Lac County Jail. He was charged with one count of felony abuse of a child and misdemeanor counts of theft and harassment after his wife Tracy filed a complaint against him.
Protecting the children?
While Ziemann told Vieira she couldn’t speak freely since she is not yet represented by a lawyer, she hinted that it was her six children, three of whom still live at home, who were foremost in her mind on Krazy Glue night.
“For myself and my actions, I was just trying to protect my children, and possibly other children,” she said.
Ziemann told Vieira her ill-fated love affair with Davis began as many other relationships gone awry do: on Craigslist. They dated a little over three months, and while Ziemann knew Davis was married but separated, she didn’t know the extent of his rich and varied love life.
“I’m embarrassed — embarrassed might not even be the word — but I fell in love with him, and I’m ashamed of that, because it was just an actor I fell in love with. It’s not who he is.”
Curiously, Ziemann told Vieira the tying up of Davis “was personal between me and him.” And she said this was not an act of retribution.
“I’m a big girl; I’ve been heartbroken before, and it has nothing to do with that,” she said.
Still, the long arm of the law could come down hard on Ziemann and her cohorts. Davis told police that Ziemann struck him in the face and threatened him with a gun. Ziemann has said there was no firearm in the room, but told police she may have told Davis, “Do you know how much I want to shoot you?”
Still, if the charges against Ziemann, 48, stick, so to speak, she could face up to 7½ years in prison. Sewell, 44, and Belliveau, 44, both are looking at six years in prison for their part in the hotel room scheme.
As for the alleged victim in the case, though he currently sits in lockup, at least there’s one bit of good news: Davis was treated and released from the hospital with no permanent damage to his manhood.