A farmer's wife and her lover have been found guilty of murdering the wealthy landowner after exchanging twisted fantasies about killing him.
William Taylor, the owner of a vast farming estate in Hertfordshire, went missing days before his 70th birthday in June last year.
Eight months later in February a fisherman found his decomposed body on a riverbank near the farmer's home outside Gosmore, Hitchin.
His wife Angela Taylor, 53, and her lover Paul Cannon, 54, who are said to have had a 'venomous hatred' for Mr Taylor, were later charged with his murder.
Their trial was read lurid texts they exchanged in the build-up to the murder.
Two days before the farmer disappeared, Cannon wrote to Taylor saying she wanted to 'make love to you on his kitchen table... with him tied to a chair so he had to watch. Then send him to hell'.
Taylor replied: 'Think that would kill him, last thing he saw was us making love xxxxxx'
St Albans Crown Court heard the lovers would shout abuse and drive cars at him, and had set his Land Rover on fire, the court was told.
The Taylors met in 1992, married in 1997 and had three children together. But they had long been separated by the time of Mr Taylor's disappearance, and his wife had been was seeking a divorce.
She began a relationship with Cannon, a farm labourer, in late 2017 while he was living rent-free at her husband's Harkness Hall.
The farmer became 'angered and distressed' when he suspected the affair and was 'shocked and very upset' when his wife served divorce proceedings on him in March 2018, prosecutor John Price QC said.
His opposition to granting a divorce caused 'bitter resentments' in Taylor and had a 'similar effect' on Cannon, the prosecutor added.
The pair allegedly began threatening and harassing Mr Taylor, with Cannon telling him he would 'get it' after the farmer confronted him about the affair, jurors heard.
Taylor first filed for divorce in April 2014 and had acquired, debt-free, two nearby farms, Dog Kennel Farm and Mill Farm, as part of a financial settlement, the court was told.
Opening the case in September, prosecutor Mr Price said: 'Mr Taylor was a very wealthy man by measurement of the value of the land that he owned. Despite settling [his wife's] financial claims, he was not reconciled to the idea of a divorce and would not agree to it. He made it clear he wanted her back. She was not interested.'