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The viagra rape squad

News of the World (London)
Sunday, December 20, 1998
Pages 16 – 17
Man ‘raped’ by Viagra girls is a sick hoaxer
He staged 3-in-a-bed sex con after getting pal to tie him up
David Jeffs and Ray Levine

The screaming man who said he was chained to a hotel bed, force-fed Viagra and ‘raped’ by two sex-mad blondes can today be exposed by the News of the World.

All Britain knew him just as a “handsome young businessman,” after reports of his ordeal hit the headlines.

But the TRURTH is he’s a scruffy furniture mover called Brian Salmi. And the Viagra attack that became the talk of every office Christmas party was an elaborate HOAX to cash in on interviews about his ‘fate’.

The 34 year old conman believed he could earn a small fortune by spilling every detail of the attack that, “destroyed my life.” And he didn’t care if hours of police time were wasted in the process.

VICTIM

Salmi even bragged to a friend: “I faked the whole scene in the hotel room. I couldn’t find anyone to play the part of the victim so did it myself. I didn’t even need to have the girls – just someone to chain me to the bed.”

The cocky cheat added: “Before the police cut me free I’d even mailed out a press release saying the incident had taken place. I knew the story had a chance of going big.”

Today the News of the World can piece together the astonishing events of Tuesday, December 8 and reveal exactly how Salmi tried to con a nation.

The scam began in the evening. Salmi and a pal spent the night drinking in southwest London before booking a shabby room under a false name at the budget New Aquarius Hotel close to London’s Earl’s Court. They paid in untraceable cash.

The pair chose the place specifically because it didn’t have closed-circuit TV cameras covering the doorway. That way, Salmi knew police wouldn’t be able to get pictures of the supposed blondes bringing him back to the hotel.

Once inside the room, Salmi’s accomplice chained his arms and legs to a single bed using four sets of chains and six padlocks.

He then ‘gagged’ Salmi’s mouth with sticky tape to add more drama to the scene that would later confront stunned police officers.

After planting two Viagra pills, an empty bottle of vodka and a sex aid next to the bed, Salmi’s friend slipped out unnoticed in the dead of the night.

As he left the room he stuck a sticker on the door bearing the words: “Viagra Rape Squad Strikes Again.”

BLONDES

The following morning at 11 a.m. a chambermaid heard “terrified” Salmi’s muffled yelps for help as he tried to wriggle free from his chains – apparently in a state of panic.

The hotel manager called the police after Salmi said he had been raped by a pair of blondes who had picked him up in a nightclub and chained him to the bed.

Five officers rushed to the scene and found Salmi naked except for e white T-shirt. He was begging to be cut free and made a very convincing victim.

After spouting his accusations of false imprisonment and rape, he gave police a fictitious name – Gary Urda.

But he refused to reveal his address, saying his pregnant girlfriend “would kill him” if the story ever got out.

At this point police had no idea that “getting a story out” was exactly what Salmi wanted.

He insisted that nothing had been stolen so quickly gathered up his clothes and left the hotel.

The following day reporters covered the story.

But because Salmi had given false details no one could track him down and no name appeared in the reports.

Salmi thought he had got away with it.  Now, he believed, was his chance to reveal his identity to the newspaper of his choice and charge a fortune for his exclusive report.

“I just hope the war doesn’t continue or the Queen Mum dies,” he told his pal, “or else I’ll be bumped out of the newspaper. I want it on the front page.”

But following a tip-off News of the World investigators tracked Salmi to a pokey flat in Hampstead, North London.

Salmi still thought a big payday was just around the corner and put on an elaborate performance.

Pretending to weap as he talked, ginger-haired Salmi held his head in his hands and said: “The whole thing has turned me to booze and fags and I can’t sleep. My girlfriend’s two months pregnant and she’s kicked me out. The bitches who kidnapped me stole my wallet and took Polaroids of me chained to the bed and sent them to the address they found on my driver’s license. They detailed the whole story and how I was a willing participant.

“I’d been out drinking and I admit when these two blondes in their early twenties began chatting me up I felt flattered. They were both dressed in slinky black numbers. I, I remember, was wearing a Wonderbra while the other had on a pair of knee-high black boots.”

But by now Salmi was well into his stride. “They asked me back to their hotel,” he lied, glibly. The last thing I remember was drinking vodka and passing out. When I came around I realized the pair were making love to me but I couldn’t move because of the chains. I thought because of the amount I drank that I wouldn’t be capable of anything, let alone sex.”

GLOSSED

“That’s when I realized they had given me a Viagra pill to make sure I performed. They called themselves Denise and Ulrika, after the blonde TV presenters. After using me as their sex thing for nearly three hours I passed out and woke up the following morning at 11. They’d gone and so had my wallet.”

He conveniently glossed over the fact that he told police that nothing was missing.

Salmi continued: “A few days later my pregnant girlfriend received the Polaroids in the post – and some printed sheets from an organization calling itself the Viagra Rape Squad. She went berserk and kicked me out.

“I want to tell my story to try and put things right. I’ll start a trust fund for my baby with the money I get for this. It might also help me win my woman back.”

But Salmi NEVER met the blondes. According to the hotel manager NO women fitting Salmi’s description were booked into the New Aquarius that night. And he DOESN’T have a pregnant girlfriend.

Canadian Salmi lives on his own. There is NO baby to benefit from a trust fund.

Back in Canada, trickster Salmi – also known by his nickname Godzilla – is notorius for a string of bizarre stunts.

In 1996 he ran for mayor of Vancouver under the name Ronald F. McDonald. His election promise to “hook all politicians to lie detectors and have baseball gloves surgically implanted on their hands so they can’t raid the till and stuff their pockets anymore.”

Four years ago he wrote a column for a local newspaper urging fans of his local ice hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks, to “booze up and riot” if they won a cup final game.

The fans cause over $1 million in damages and 150 people faced riot related charges. The following day he spouted: “It was hardly a riot. Sur you could smell the teargas but I’ve seen more glass broke at a Greek wedding. Frankly, I don’t think anything I’ve done is insane.”

Joking to his pal this week it was clear cocky Salmi thought he had got away with his ‘rape’ plan. “There are no worries,” he smirked. “When the News of the world man started pumping me about my girlfriend I just pulled out the Polaroid pics. And they’ve also got the cops, which is a good thing,” he added – referring to confirmation he expected police to give. “I just hope it’s the front page.”

Arrogant Salmi also boasted to his pal that he was particularly proud of the lie that his pregnant girlfriend had thrown him out. “I said she started throwing things and screaming,” he said. “They went for that. I get the feeling everything is growing real big. I’ve gone to elaborate efforts to feed this story properly. I just hope the whole thing doesn’t blow up around me.

“But there were some things I just couldn’t overcome. I had to give them my real name for the cheque. I’m banking on the hope they won’t check my past or everything could be busted.” We always check. The smile was wiped off Salmi’s face yesterday when we told him we had rumbled his hoax.

“Yes, it was a scam,” he admitted. Then, attempting bravado, “I can’t be done for wasting police time because I didn’t call the police – the hotel did. I deny ever asking for money or trying to obtain it by deception. If you had offered me some I would have donated it to some kind of support group for abused women. I wouldn’t have taken a penny myself, I promise you.

When we spoke to Kennsington Police, who originally investigated the incident, a spokesperson said, “This matter will be passed on to the investigating officer now we know the true facts.”

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