Man says plot to kill him left him a sweating wreck Plaintiff is suing wife's ex-lover

November 04, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

A Randallstown accountant said yesterday that a plot by his wife and her lover to have him killed left him a chain-smoking, sweating wreck who suffered nightmares, headaches and stomach problems.

Louis A. Lolli, testifying in a Baltimore County Circuit Court trial in which he is seeking millions from his wife's former lover, described a marriage that included wife-swapping and violence. Yet, Mr. Lolli, 56, said he was never unfaithful.

"I have always been faithful to my wife," he told David Freishtat, an attorney defending Pikesville businessman Manuel S. Fram, 60.

"Didn't you and another couple engage in spouse-swapping?" Mr. Freishtat asked.

"That in my opinion is not being unfaithful," replied Mr. Lolli, who also said that the extramarital sex occurred three times in 1974 and was his wife's idea.

Originally, Nancy Lolli, 49, was named in the suit along with Mr. Fram. She settled out of court last week and gave up her half of the family home in the 3700 block of Trent Road, Randallstown, her interest in its furnishings and in Mr. Lolli's pension, earned from 30 years as an accountant-agent for CSX Transportation.

Last year, she pleaded guilty to conspiring with Mr. Fram to hire a hit man to kill her husband in January 1991. In return for her plea, she did not have to go to jail.

Mr. Fram, founder of the Fram Monument Co., served eight months in jail and five months on home detention for solicitation of murder. The supposed hit man turned out to be an undercover state trooper.

Mr. Fram testified Tuesday that he and Mrs. Lolli, his secretary, began an affair in 1972. She also told him a tale of physical abuse, sometimes showed him her bruises and became obsessed with killing her husband. Mr. Fram said he listened to her stories for years, then gave in and agreed to hire a hit man.

Mr. Lolli said that his wife caused the violence in his marriage. He said she broke a radio over his head and once threw a screwdriver so hard it stuck in the top of his head.

He said he suspected the affair as far back as 1979. His suspicions increased when his wife said that she used her savings to buy a BMW, then a Mercedes, furs and jewelry.

But he stayed with her, even though she had long since refused to sleep with him. Not until two months after a state trooper told him of the plot did he move out, taking up residence at his mother's Catonsville home. He said this was because Mrs. Lolli was screaming at him because she was fired from her $51,000-a-year job at Fram.

Even now, Mr. Lolli said, he can't stop thinking about the plot.

"They were going to abduct me from the bowling alley where I bowled . . . and put me in my automobile and . . . and make arrangements for a car-crusher . . . so I would be smashed and never be heard from again," he said.

And, he can't shake the feeling that someone is still trying to kill him. He said that one night as he came home, a car with one headlight drove slowly down his street.

"I pulled to the side and put out my lights and actually laid on the seat of my car until that car passed me," he said. "I trembled."

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