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Murder for hire on the rise

In a video that has gone viral on the Internet, folks in Louisiana and around the country are getting a fresh new look at a special and particularly aggravated brand of murder. It's murder for hire, and the FBI says it's a growing phenomenon in the U.S. and not just in the ranks of organized crime, as one might suspect. Indeed, according to the agency's statistics, just being married puts one in harm's way.

The video that has gone viral depicts a 21-year-old wife plotting to have her husband killed to collect on his insurance with the same nonchalance as purchasing a ticket to a ball game. Unfortunately for her, the guy she is trying to hire turns out to be an undercover cop, who just as casually accepts the grisly assignment by promising to shoot him right in the face on either April 18 or 25. Meanwhile, the meeting inside a car was being secretly taped by a hidden camera.

According to the FBI, by the first of the year there were 140 cases of murder for hire -- not connected to organized crime -- pending.

Not all cases are solicitations for relatively modest amounts to do the killings. One woman offered $50,000 and a Harley Davidson motorcycle to an undercover cop to off her husband.

In another case that featured a video that went viral, a newlywed erupts into tears as police tell her that her husband was murdered. But the husband wasn't dead -- it was all a sham hatched by the police. In the newlywed case, she allegedly offered more than $6,000 to an undercover cop to have her husband murdered.

In yet another recorded solicitation for murder case tells the would-be murderer that she would love to have her man disappear. You mean taken out, asked the contractor. Yeah was her unqualified answer.

In a way, the murder-for-hire Black Widows who unwittingly solicit an undercover cop or someone who rats them out are the lucky ones. As any criminal defense attorney will confirm: In the case of murder, it is always better in the long run through the justice system to fail at murder rather than succeed.

News 12 via CNN, "Increase in murder for hire plots" No author given, Jul. 10, 2013

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