An Israeli woman accused of plotting to have her ex-husband murdered in Aspen allegedly threatened to torch his parents’ Victorian home years earlier.
Records show Aspen police paid multiple visits to the home of Richard Nedlin in 2005, after he filed for divorce from Elinor Dvir. She claimed he abused her and their daughter. He claimed she nearly ran him over with his Jeep Cherokee and that she stole his laptop and expensive watch. Those allegations were punctuated by one made by Nedlin’s father, Joe, who told authorities as the marriage was ending that Dvir threatened to reduce his house to ashes.
“If you evict me, I will burn this building down to the ground,” Dvir allegedly told Nedlin’s father, who owns the home where the couple lived.
Dvir, 36, was apparently never formally charged with making the threat but the incident is one of many confrontations that led up to her arrest in March.
Before the alleged arson threat, police responded to their home to find Dvir and their child in a Jeep Cherokee, and Nedlin and a tow-truck driver in the alley with them. Nedlin said he was trying to have the vehicle towed so he could have it re-keyed, when Dvir came out with their child and tried to drive away. The two argued and, according to the tow-truck driver, after she attempted to remove the tow equipment from the vehicle, he lowered the Cherokee, and she backed into Nedlin, who stood behind it trying to keep her from leaving. Nedlin, who had phoned in the emergency, claimed she bumped him several times. Nedlin’s mother looked on, calling for him to get out of the way, the report said.
Police lectured the couple and explained to them that even though Nedlin owned the vehicle, they had equal access to it since it was “marital property.” Neither of them were arrested — the tow-truck driver said Nedlin argued with Dvir but never threatened her — but that wasn’t the end of it. Dvir called police a few days later, claiming a bruise had surfaced after the Cherokee incident. She claimed Nedlin had tried to push her out of the vehicle and injured her in the process. Police, however, found inconsistencies with Dvir’s stories and no evidence to support her claim, other than the bruise . They surmised she might have been bruised when she tried to unhitch the towing equipment.
Dvir’s story continued to evolve.
“Elinor has continued to attempt to add evidence to her claims of abuse,” one police report stated. She said medical professionals who had treated her could corroborate her tales of domestic abuse. But when police contacted them, they explained Dvir had made those claims, but they had no actual evidence to confirm them. One of them suggested that, in her opinion, Dvir was making a “last ditch attempt to make a case against Richard.”
Eventually, Aspen police began to investigate Dvir for false reporting. Records indicate that investigation never materialized into charges, but Dvir would later use the same reports that cast doubt on her claims of abuse to build a case in the federal immigration system that she was indeed a battered woman.
Dvir, who was locked up for 15 months and threatened with deportation because she was in the country illegally, was sprung from a detention facility in Aurora in 2007 after U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services determined she qualified under the Violence Against Women Act, which shields foreigner victims of domestic abuse from immigration laws. The federal agency, however, never contacted Nedlin or his attorney and might have committed a terrible error.
Not long after Dvir was released, she is accused of turning to prostitution and attempting to hire an undercover officer posing as a hit man to kill Nedlin.