Wife in Video Breezily Plots Murder of Husband
Because it's 'easier than divorcing him'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2013 5:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A 21-year-old Michigan woman has pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hitman to kill her husband, all of it captured on video obtained by MLive.com. Turns out that Julia Merfield was talking to an undercover detective the whole time as she arranged to have her husband killed for $50,000. The two-part video is "bizarre precisely because on the surface it seems so ordinary," writes Kevin Underhill at Lowering the Bar. Consider some quotes from Merfield, who might as well be planning a trip to the mall:

  • “When I first decided to do this … it’s not that we weren’t getting along. But … 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. ”
  • She'd prefer a shooting outdoors because it "would be messy in the house." (This struck her as funny.)
  • At another point, asked for her preference between a gun and a knife, she says, "unless you can do it painlessly breaking his neck."
Maybe the most amazing part is that when she pleaded guilty, her husband asked that she get no jail time. The judge, however, says she will get at least six years at her July 30 sentencing. The maximum penalty is life in prison. Merfield hoped to cash in on a $400,000 life insurance policy.

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Cynthia Mason
Dec 6, 2013 7:34 AM CST
This girl is cold blooded and her husband didn't want her to go to jail? Is he insane right along with her? Can you imagine your spouse having this conversation? If someone wanted to insure my life for lots of money I would be skeptical and paranoid.
gangass
Jul 12, 2013 11:49 PM CDT
I remember watching a similar story on T.V. a few years ago. A man's wife wanted him killed so she could collect on his life insurance policy, but just like this story, she was talking to a undercover "hit man" cop in a car, and got busted. The ironic thing is that her husband ended up dying about three monthes later, I think of cancer. Talk about bad timing!!!
gangass
Jul 12, 2013 11:45 PM CDT
It looks like near the end of the tape, she is looking straight at the "hidden" camera and wondering what she is actually looking at. At the same time, she seems to almost want to back track and stop the whole thing from going forward, but she decides to go through with it anyway. Did anybody else notice this?