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Pimp watched 'Dexter,' true-crime shows for tips on dismembering Brooklyn woman, accomplice testifies

John Annese and Sheetal Banchariya, New York Daily News on

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An accused killer pimp studied up on how to dismember one of his sex workers by watching the serial killer drama “Dexter” and the true-crime series “The First 48,” according to testimony at his federal murder trial, which continues in Brooklyn this week.

The case against Cory Martin, 36 — who’s on trial for strangling and chopping up 26-year-old Brandy Odom in April 2018 — has been unfolding in Brooklyn Federal Court including testimony on Tuesday from a junk removal business owner who cleared out plastic bags and a mattress from the crime scene.

But Martin got his best ideas on how to cover his tracks from watching television, according to prosecutors.

“He didn’t want the house after he committed the crime to be an active crime scene. So he focused a lot on getting rid of or concealing evidence,” his accomplice turned government cooperator, Adelle Anderson, said, as part of two days of blockbuster testimony.

Anderson, 35, who lived with Martin and Odom in Rosedale, Queens, was arrested alongside the accused pimp in 2020 — two years after a dog walker found Odom’s dismembered torso in Canarsie Park in Brooklyn. Police found her limbs in garbage bags nearby.

As she took the witness stand, Anderson testified he made her watch the two TV shows with him. “He would discuss crime scenes and what not to do, and what things to do to avoid being caught by the police,” she said.


The crime bore some resemblance to fictional killer Dexter Morgan, who on Showtime’s “Dexter” would methodically cut up bodies and dump the severed remains.

While Dexter followed a code of only targeting killers who escaped justice, Martin had something else in mind, prosecutors say: He wanted to collect on $200,000 in life insurance policies on Odom, which Anderson took out in her name.

He made Anderson watch “The First 48” to learn about police tactics, like how investigators use blue ultraviolet light to find forensic evidence.

Martin meant for someone to find the body, prosecutors said, because he wouldn’t be able to collect the insurance payout otherwise.


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