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We're learning new details about Jeffrey Allen Maxwell, the man who has confessed to kidnapping a Parker County woman, holding her hostage in his home, and repeatedly attacking her.

The crime is so brutal it's hard to comprehend.

Maxwell is a father; an ex-husband; and a man who has been accused of torture before.

The more we learn about him, the more questions arise.

Parker County investigators said it's a good thing they got to Maxwell's lake home near Corsicana when they did on Saturday, because the 62-year-old woman he was holding captive couldn't have survived more of the torture.

Evidence of that torture came in the form of chains and leather straps, investigators said.

The evidence is shocking. An affidavit says Maxwell confessed to kidnapping the woman and striking his victim several times with his fist and with a rolling pin from her house so she couldn't get away.

The affidavit says Maxwell then took the victim to his garage and ...strung her up in a homemade device used for skinning deer.

Friends said the victim spent years being being harassed by Jeffrey Maxwell. She would not even speak his name, said Maryann Blakely.

She even would call him the 'bad man,' Blakely said. She wouldn't call him by his name, 'Jeff Maxwell.' She'd call Randy and say, 'The bad man was over here today,'

Blakely said Maxwell, who had been her neighbor when he lived on their rural street along the Parker-Palo Pinto County line, made her skin crawl.

The Blakelys suspected Maxwell after finding their own dog shot.

The next day, he followed the blood trail and it led right to the front of his house, Blakely said.

Maxwell's house, however, wasn't a house at all it was a barn, a shell without walls.

Ally Bradley's family bought it from Maxwell in 2005. We walked in this place and we were like, 'What is this?' It was concrete floors, the walls had no sheet rock on them... it was bare, she said.

Maxwell reportedly would not leave the victim alone. She said that the bad man tried to kiss her, Blakely said.

What the victim did not know was that Maxwell was already suspected of being a dangerous man.

In 1987, his then-wife accused him of duct-taping her, then drugging, torturing, and sexually assaulting her before slashing her throat.

Court records show a grand jury declined to indict him; the reason is not clear.

Five years later, Martha Martinez Maxwell disappeared. And now, she's never been heard from, said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.

Maxwell later told a reporter that his wife was not missing and had left notes saying that she was leaving him and their son.

The victim in the Parker County case was found by deputies who honed in on Maxwell as a suspect with the help of her friends.

He is accused of kidnapping and sexually torturing her before deputies found and freed her on Saturday.

Investigators believe the victim had spurned Maxwell's romantic advances.

Six years after moving out of her neighborhood, they say he came back first kidnapping her and then burning her house to the ground, believing, perhaps, that no one would remember his prior alleged harassment.

Besides Martha Martinez Maxwell, there are two other missing women from that same area in Parker County.

Amelia Martinez Smith disappeared in 2000. The 51-year-old was last seen in Weatherford.

More recently, the case of 19-year-old Krishonda Townsend has been a mystery. The young mother vanished after leaving a friend's home last summer.

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