Thursday July 30, 2015
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If you put this in short story or novel people would laugh at you, but....
CBS News reports that Julia Merfeld, a 21-year-old Michigan woman, was arrested after she was allegedly caught on camera trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband. The man she was trying to hire was actually an undercover cop.
Did she want to kill her husband because she was so dead scared of him that she didn't dare to divorce him? Is that why she hired a hit man?
"When I first decided to do this, it's not that we weren't getting along. I mean, I was just, it was easier than, as terrible as it sounds, it was easier than divorcing him. You know, I didn't have to worry about the judgment of my family, I didn't have to worry about breaking his heart, all that stuff like this. It's, like, how I got a clean getaway," she said.
"If you can get him outside, that would be great," she said.
"It would be messy in the house," she added with a laugh.
And there's an even better reason for not doing it in the house.
"I have a girlfriend who wants to move in with me, and I don't want her to be scared to move in with me if she thinks that we've got broken into... so I'm kind of afraid of that because I want her to move in with me because I don't want to live there by myself afterwards," she said.
The detective rold Merfeld that things can't be called off once she leaves his car, and that she could pay him a few weeks after the murder.
"Surprise me with how you do it because, I mean, the more shocked I am when it happens, the better it will be," she said. "I just want to make it as non-suspicious as possible."
Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler reportedly says Merfeld's apparent motive "is one of the oldest motives known to man: Greed. She wanted a life insurance payout." According to the station, her husband has a $400,000 life insurance policy.
Merfeld has pleaded guilty to solicitation to commit murder. She's jailed ahead of a July 30 sentencing date and is expected to face prison time.
How did the police find out about this?
One of Merfeld's co-workers notified them. Merfeld initially approached him to get the job done.
That's nice. If you're going to spend money on a little household improvement you might as well let a friend make a few bucks.
Here I thought this was the most outrageous thing I'd ever read — "...it's not that we weren't getting along. I mean, I was just, it was easier than, as terrible as it sounds, it was easier than divorcing him. You know, I didn't have to worry about the judgment of my family, I didn't have to worry about breaking his heart..." and not a sole has commented on it.
Maybe I uncovered a secret? :-)
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