A Tennessee pistillate is accused of hiring a hitman to termination the woman of a antheral she met connected a dating site.
Melody Sasser, 47, was arrested connected May 18 and charged with attempted execution for prosecute aft she allegedly transferred $9,750 successful Bitcoin to a acheronian website, Online Killers Market (OKM), for idiosyncratic to execution the woman of a antheral she met connected Match.com.
According to the national complaint connected May 11, OKM has implicit 12,000 registered members from crossed the globe and offers “hitman for hire” services, arsenic good arsenic hacking, kidnapping, extortion, disfigurement by acerb attack, and intersexual violence.
Sasser and the antheral started spending clip unneurotic arsenic hiking friends aft gathering connected Match.com erstwhile his fiancée lived successful Knoxville, according to tribunal documents.
Sasser, who is besides listed connected the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 900 miler club for hiking each 150 trails, assisted her lucifer with his plans to hike the Appalachian way by making his reservations astatine hostels and taking attraction of his car portion helium was away.
According to the complaint, the man’s now-wife told investigators that Sasser had shown up to the man’s location successful Prattville, Alabama, successful the autumn of 2022 aft helium revealed helium was engaged. Sasser allegedly past told the couple, “I anticipation you some autumn disconnected a cliff and die.”
Around the aforesaid time, the woman reported her car was keyed, and aboriginal received threatening telephone calls from respective antithetic telephone numbers, with the caller utilizing a instrumentality to disguise their voice.
Sasser allegedly made her archetypal outgo to a hitman done a Coinhub Bitcoin ATM instrumentality connected Dec. 31 and placed her bid connected Jan. 11 nether the username “cattree.” Sasser allegedly posted the deed occupation with the woman’s sanction and photo, on with her enactment docket and the benignant of car she drove.
“it needs to look random oregon accident. oregon works drugs, bash not privation a agelong investigation. she precocious moved successful with her caller hubby she works astatine location and successful bureau successful birmingham,” reads the station arsenic cited successful the complaint.
Investigators said that Sasser was capable to corroborate the woman’s determination each time by allegedly stalking her done the Strava fittingness app, which she past shared with OKM.
“Yesterday she worked from location and went for a 2 mile locomotion by herself,” Sasser allegedly said successful 1 message.
In March, Sasser began to turn impatient with her people not being dormant and messaged the website’s head regarding the presumption of her deed order, authorities said.
“I person waited for 2 months and 11 days and the occupation is not completed. 2 weeks agone you said it was been worked connected and would beryllium done successful a week. the occupation is inactive not done. does it request to beryllium assigned to idiosyncratic else. volition it beryllium done. what is the delay. erstwhile volition it beryllium done,” Sasser allegedly wrote.
The website’s admin replied determination were 2 different hitmen that could beryllium assigned to the job, “but 1 wants 0-49 btc and the different 0. 485 which 1 should I assign?”
Sasser responded to “assign to 0. 485. one volition adhd btc.” It is unclear if the 2nd outgo was processed.
The Department of Homeland Security was notified by different instrumentality bureau connected April 27 of the crippled to termination the pistillate and began their investigation.
According to the complaint, DHS served Coinhub a subpoena and was sent backmost each the transactions linked to Sasser’s telephone fig and made nether the username “cattree.”
Additionally, the ailment said that the Coinhub ATM captures a photograph of each idiosyncratic during their transaction; those connected with the deed allegedly matched Sasser’s operator licence photograph and nationalist Facebook illustration photo.
Sasser is acceptable to look successful tribunal Thursday. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years successful prison.
Attorneys representing Sasser did not respond to HuffPost’s petition for comment.