(HICKORY, North Carolian) -- In jailhouse letters apparently written by the stepmother of missing 10-year-old Zahra Baker, she claims that neither she nor her husband killed the disabled girl, but that Zahra's father did something "horrifying" after the girl was dead.
Police in Hickory, North Carolina, where Elisa Baker is being held on an obstruction of justice charge, said they couldn't verify that she wrote the letters without looking at them.
Deputy Chief Clyde Deal told ABC News the handwriting was "similar" to hers and the content matched some of what the woman has been telling police.
"I don't necessarily have any reason to doubt [that Elisa Baker wrote the letters], but I can't say that she did write them either," Deal said.
The letters, obtained by ABC News, appear to shift any blame from Elisa Baker to her husband Adam Baker.
"We really didn't kill her, but what he did after the fact is kinda horrifying," Elisa Baker wrote to crime memorabilia dealer Eric Gein from jail. "[It] makes me scared of him. So I probably am gonna go ahead and file [for divorce]. I have lost my whole life anyway."
Elisa Baker reported her stepdaughter missing on October 9 and was arrested a day later on unrelated charges. She was later charged with felony obstructing justice for allegedly writing a fake $1 million ransom note in relation to her daughter's disappearance.
Gein, who runs the website SerialKillersInk.net, told ABC News he contacted Elisa Baker by letter weeks ago under an assumed name. The letters he received in return, first reported by AOL News, describe strained life in the Baker home. She allegedly signed one letter, "Dark Love Always, Elisa."
Further down the page between doodles of candles and a spider she writes, "Goth's Rule [sic]" and "Vamps Rule!" The comments are similar to those made on a MySpace page believed to belong to Elisa Baker.
Though police have been searching for Zahra's remains for weeks, Elisa Baker claims in the letters, "The cops know where she is and what he has done," apparently referring to her husband.
"[Adam Baker] knows what happened to Zahra, and yet I'm the one in here at least for now," she writes.
In the letters, Elisa Baker now claims Adam Baker actually wrote the phony ransom note.
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