Lawyer Killed in Alleged S&M Triangle

Police say David Krieg killed Manhattan lawyer Anthony Ottavio.

ByABC News
December 4, 2008, 5:35 PM

Dec. 5, 2008— -- A former doctoral student who allegedly moonlighted as a dominatrix named Jade Vixen was at the center of an apparent love triangle that ended in the murder of her boyfriend, a lawyer at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, according to police sources and media reports.

Philadelphia police said David Krieg, 42, shot and killed Anthony Ottaviano on Monday night after waiting outside Ottaviano's girlfriend's Philadelphia apartment.

Krieg followed the pair into the building's parking garage, police said, shot Ottaviano and kidnapped his girlfriend, identified by the New York Post as Edythe Maa, a former University of Pennsylvania Ph.D student who reportedly moonlights as dominatrix named Jade Vixen. Krieg released Maa, who then called police later that night, police added.

Krieg killed himself the next morning after a nine-hour standoff with West Chester, Pa., police, said police Lt. William Morris. Morris said Krieg led police on a brief chase after they attempted to pull him over. When officers approached his car, he allegedly held a gun to his head and threatened to commit suicide.

Maa could not be reached for comment Thursday. A MySpace page for Jade Vixen said she is "brokenheartedly dreaming of a beautiful future never to come" and described her mood as "numb."

Jack Baughman, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, where Ottaviano worked, called him "a good colleague. He was a nice, hardworking, honest person. People liked working with him and they liked him as a peer.

"It's a tragedy what happened," Baughman said.

According to the Post, Ottaviano, 40, and Maa "partied together at kinky New York City fetish parties sometimes with him wearing lipstick, a garter belt, stockings and high heels."

The exact nature of the relationship between Krieg and Maa was unclear, though the Post described him as a former client and a rival for her attention.

In one online post, Krieg identified Jade Vixen as Edyth Maa and gave an address and cell phone number.