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Woman Accused Of Using Craigslist To Hire Hitman - Poison Her Ex Overseas

A 37-year-old woman, Danielle Dana Layman, has been charged with using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire after she tried to hire someone from Craigslist to poison her ex-husband with ricin. Ms. Layman posted an ad to the popular website advertising what appeared to be an innocent “ten-day gig overseas,” before revealing her true intentions to a prospective ‘employee’.

Ms. Layman, according to an affidavit, posted a job listing to popular advertising platform, Craigslist, which read: “For production overseas, looking for talent, 30-45 years old. Doesn’t have to be professional actor.” The ad went on to name the required qualifications for the job, listing “creative, outgoing and friendly, positive attitude, boldness and bravery (some stunts may seem risky, although they are completely safe).” The ad also stressed that experience in acting, magic shows and casinos would be preferred.

When Ms. Layman found a potential candidate for the job, she met them at a coffee shop where she then revealed and detailed how they were to murder he ex-husband. Labelled as ‘Operation Insecticide’, the Oklahoma woman presented a PowerPoint presentation and relayed the ‘mission details’ to the candidate. The plot instructed the individual to travel to Israel where her ex-husband worked as a taxi driver. The individual was required to hire the man as their personal taxi driver for the duration of their trip, and were, according to Ms. Layman’s plans, required to give him fresh coffee, laced with the poison ricin, every morning: “Repeat every morning and monitor the driver’s health. Report if he starts showing signs of illness, if he is vomiting, and if he fails to come pick you up at the hostel.”

According to the affidavit, the hired assassin was required to monitor the ex-husband’s condition, with Ms. Layman instructing that “when your mark is hospitalized [or] eliminated-move to a different hotel or motel until your flight back home.” Following the bizarre meeting, the individual who responded to the ad immediately contacted police with the details of the plot. When police searched her home, 90 miles north of Oklahoma City, they seized castor beans and instructions on how to extract ricin, leading to Ms. Layman’s arrest.

Ricin is a powerful poison found in castor beans which, when purified, can induce death within in an instant. There is no known antidote to the poison. After some investigation, it was revealed that Ms. Layman wished to murder her husband in order to win a custody battle between the pair.

Ms. Layman will remain in federal custody until her detention hearing in mid-July. Ms. Layman’s plan shares some startling similarities to the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the brother of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un, who was set upon by two women who believed that they were taking part in a comedy show prank. The two women sprayed Kim Jong Nam with a VX nerve agent when he was at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, killing him within twenty minutes of the incident.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Mail Online

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