Feds: Woman Used Craigslist to Find Actor to Kill Husband

Ad specified someone 'creative, outgoing, and friendly'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 4, 2017 3:00 PM CDT
Oklahoma Woman Accused of Plotting to Kill Israeli Husband
Woman charged with using Craigslist to try to find someone to murder her ex-husband.   (Screenshot)

An Oklahoma woman is accused of trying to hire someone via Craigslist to travel to Israel and kill her ex-husband using ricin, the AP reports. Federal prosecutors charged 37-year-old Danielle Layman on Saturday with using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. Prosecutors said in a news release that Layman posted on the classifieds website advertising a seemingly innocent "10 day gig overseas." According to an affidavit, the ad read: "For production overseas, looking for talent, 30-45 years old. Doesn't have to be a professional actor. Required: Creative, outgoing and friendly, positive personality, boldness and bravery (some stunts may seem risky, although they are completely safe)." It added that experience in acting, magic shows, and casino dealing was preferred.

The affidavit said a person who responded to the ad contacted the FBI after meeting with Layman at a coffee shop in May. The affidavit said Layman used a PowerPoint presentation called "Operation Insecticide" and that the person who responded to the ad provided the written instructions to the FBI. The "Mission Details" of the plot instructed the person to travel to Israel, hire the ex-husband as a taxi driver every morning, and offer him coffee that was laced with ricin. According to the affidavit, the plot said: "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. When your mark is hospitalized (or) eliminated—move to a different hotel or motel until your flight back home." (More Craigslist stories.)

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