Irvine mom accused in drug plot wrote book about 'perfect crime'
"If you knew how to commit the perfect crime, would you do it?"
So begins the YouTube trailer for a work of fiction written by a 38-year-old Irvine woman accused of hatching a plot with her husband to plant drugs on a volunteer at their son's school.
Jill Easter's first book — written under the name Ava Bjork, an apparent play on Easter's middle name, Bjorkholm — outlines the story of a rising mixed-martial arts star who takes part in an international kidnapping to cover his gambling debts. Titled "Holding House," the novel was published in April 2011 with a copyright belonging to Jill Easter.
Easter, who received both her undergraduate and law degrees from UC Berkeley, now works as a "full-time author," according to her website, which contains her picture and a brief biography.
"The crime is shockingly simple and 100% possible," the trailer continues. "No one will get hurt and there's no way they can get caught."
Eventually, however, the characters get caught in an international manhunt when "unforeseen events cause their dream crime to unravel into a nightmare."
Easter and her husband, Kent Easter, also 38 and also an attorney, were arrested Tuesday after authorities said the couple devised a plan to frame Kelli Peters, a well-known Plaza Vista School volunteer who is now the school's PTA president, for what the Easters alleged was her ill treatment of their young son at school.
The alleged drug plot was not the Easters' first encounter with Peters.
In March 2010, Kent Easter filed a civil complaint in Orange County Superior Court alleging that his son, then a first-grader, had been in an after-school tennis class the month before when Peters locked the child out of the school for about 19 minutes.
The civil case was dismissed.
Around the same time, Jill Easter filed a request for a restraining order against Peters, alleging that the school volunteer was "harassing and stalking" her and her son, and that she had "threatened to kill me."
"She will stop at nothing in her attempts to silence myself and my son," Jill Easter alleged. Easter also complained that Peters had been telling parents at her son's school that Easter was "psychotic" and "unstable."
The request for the restraining order was denied.
Calls to Kent Easter's law office were not returned. The couple, who face felony charges of conspiracy to procure false arrest, false imprisonment and conspiracy to falsely report a crime, have not entered a plea in court.
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