Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

What’s a hitman cost anyway?

A recent study in the UK showed that hiring a hitman can basically be as expensive as a small house or as cheap as a nice meal out, with the average price coming in at around the cost of a new Honda Civic. But as with anything, you get what you pay for.

Police: Man butt-dialed intended victim while plotting his murder

The owner of a used car dealership is under arrest after butt dialing a former employee while allegedly conspiring to have the man killed. The target said he heard, among other things, “I don’t care if you have to burn his house to the ground with him in it” and to “make it look like an accident.”

Searching for a Hitman in the Deep Web

From our friends at The Daily Dot: The arrest of alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht has brought renewed interest in the shadowy Deep Web network. While most of the attention has been paid to the trafficking of illegal narcotics, even a quick tour through the Deep Web shows the prevalence of another type of clandestine service: contract killers.

Today in Crime History: Hotel Heir and Batman Collector Ben Novack Jr. Brutally Murdered

On July 12, 2009, Ben Novack Jr., heir to the Fontainebleau hotel fortune and owner of an extensive Batman memorabilia collection, was bludgeoned to death in his hotel room. At the direction of his wife Narcy, who orchestrated the killing, Ben’s eyes were cut out while he was still alive. Narcy was found guilty or plotting the murder earlier this summer.

Watch: Wife Hires ‘Hitman’ to Kill Husband

Julia Charlene Merfeld, 20, of Muskegon, Michigan, thought she was talking to a hitman about killing her husband, Jake, 27, but was really talking to an undercover cop, who was recording the whole conversation, including her motive: Murder is easier than divorce.

Police Hold Suspect who Pocket-Dialed 911 While Talking About Murder

Police have made another arrest in the murder of Nicholas Walker, who was gunned down last month after an altercation in a Florida Waffle House. Just before the murder, his accused killer allegedly butt-dialed 911 while planning the hit with an accomplice.

Kelly Soo Park: Acquitted of Model’s Murder

Kelly Soo Park, the woman prosecutors once described as a “female James Bond,” walked out of court a free woman June 4, 2013, when a jury refused to convict her of the 2008 murder of Maxim model Juliana Redding.

Manager of Famous Jersey Diner Allegedly Ordered Hit on Wife’s Uncle

It was like a scene in a noir movie. Seated at a table at TGI Fridays, one of the managers of the nearby Tick Tock diner on Route 3 in northern New Jersey was speaking quietly to another man about allegedly wanting to have the owner killed.

Police Still Searching for Two Suspects in Waffle House Butt-Dialing Case

Most people would be surprised at how many alleged perps call 911 while in the act of breaking the law; from stealing a car, to making a drug deal, police trace the accidental calls and quickly make arrests. This case, however, stunned even police and may be a new record: man accidentally calls 911 while planning a murder.

Hollywood Nightmare: Jury Selection Begins in Juliana Redding Murder

Jury selection begins today in the trial of Kelly Soo Park, accused of strangling aspiring actress and model Juliana Redding with her bare hands in early 2008, not long after Redding got her big break in a pictorial feature for Maxim magazine. A review of the case from the beginning.

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