NY Cops Bust Bizarre Hit Job

Jealous spouse gave undercover officer samurai sword to kill wife, retrieve $27K ring
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2008 5:15 PM CDT
A New York architect gave an undercover cop posing as a hit man a samurai sword to use to kill his wife, and cut off her left hand to retrieve a $27,000 wedding ring, the Daily News reports.   ((c) ElPablo!)
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(Newser) – A Brooklyn man was arrested yesterday for attempting to get a hit man to kill his wife—and retrieve the $27,000 wedding ring he had given her, the New York Daily News reports. Rockefeller Auguste, 35, enraged by jealousy, gave an undercover officer posing as a contract killer a samurai sword and demanded he cut her ring-bearing hand off as proof.

"He felt he had been wronged, and he wanted the 'hit man' he hired to follow his exact instructions—and gave him a samurai sword to be sure," said an NYPD rep. Auguste's wife has gone into hiding.