It sounds like a bad reality TV movie: A woman is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill not only her estranged husband but the teen daughter of her current boyfriend. Complete with a twist: The woman is a cop. "My heart is destroyed," the boyfriend in the all-too-true tale tells the Daily News. "It feels like a bad dream," adds the father of the estranged husband, to the New York Post. Prosecutors say NYPD cop Valerie Cincinelli, 34, asked her boyfriend, 54-year-old John DiRubba, to find a hitman to kill her husband, Isaiah Carvalho Jr. Instead, DiRubba went to the FBI and then helped in the arrest. Authorities say Cincinelli eventually expanded the plot to have DiRubba's 15-year-old daughter murdered as well, because she felt the girl was getting in the way of her relationship with DiRubba.
“I can’t even think straight now," says DiRubba. "I can’t come to terms that a mother of two, a police officer ... wanted to harm my daughter." On Friday, before the arrest took place, an FBI agent texted a staged photo purporting to show a slain Carvalho and demanded an additional $3,000 for the daughter's murder. Cincinelli worked in the NYPD's domestic violence unit, and the Daily News dug up quotes from her just three years ago that do not at all sound like the woman facing charges. “I love kids—they’re my soft spot," she said. “I feel like I’m making a difference by helping children and their families.” (Read more NYPD stories.)