A twisted Michigan woman has admitted to making an attempt to rent a hitman on a pretend web site to kill her ex-husband for $5,000.
Wendy Lynn Wein, 52, faces at the very least 9 years behind bars after pleading responsible to filling out a “service request form” on RentAHitman.com looking for assist with “an issue” she had in July 2020, MLive.com reported.
Wein pleaded responsible to prices of solicitation of homicide and using a pc to commit against the law on Nov. 12. A plea settlement caps her minimal sentence at 108 months and she is going to study her destiny in January, the outlet reported.
Michigan State Police stated Wein reached out to the fictitious website that claims to “solve problems” and stated her ex-husband was her meant goal. The web site’s proprietor then contacted cops, saying he was involved the South Rockwood woman needed her former flame lifeless, state police stated.
An undercover trooper posing as a hitman later met Wein in a parking zone, the place she supplied to pay him $5,000 to kill her ex and offered him with a fee for journey bills, authorities stated.
The bogus web site — which guarantees to be safe for these with a “problem that needs resolving” — claims it’s operated by somebody named “Guido Fanelli,” but it surely’s truly run by a California man who sends any critical inquiries to cops, the Washington Post reported.
Up to 700 individuals have contacted Bob Innes since he launched it 16 years in the past as a part of a failed web safety enterprise. Some 400 of them even stuffed out the “service request form” requiring them to go away their identify and cellphone quantity.
“I don’t get it,” Innes advised the newspaper final week. “People are just stupid.”
Prior to Wein, a Virginia man, Devon Barber, then 20, reached out to Innes in 2018 and stated he needed to rent somebody to kill his ex-girlfriend and her dad and mom whereas kidnapping the woman’s 3-year-old daughter to increase as his personal. Barber was later sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Innes stated he additionally obtained an e-mail in 2010 from a woman named Helen who stated she was from the United Kingdom however had been stranded in Canada. The woman claimed three individuals had bilked her out of her father’s inheritance and he or she needed them lifeless.
After giving Helen an opportunity to again out, Innes reached out to a police sergeant who contacted Canadian authorities. Helen was later arrested for soliciting to commit homicide and served about 4 months in jail earlier than being despatched again to Britain, Innes stated.
“So those were the first three people that the site has effectively saved,” Innes advised the Washington Post.
The web site continues to idiot individuals regardless of being featured in Rolling Stone final yr, Innes stated. Wein, as an illustration, gave the purported “hitman” a down fee of $200 and agreed to pay $5,000 when the job was accomplished.
“She was hellbent on … seeking revenge to take out her ex-husband,” Innes stated, including “she never did her homework.”
Wein had accused her ex-husband, who lived in one other state, of being a pedophile, and gave the investigator posing as a hitman his handle and stated the place he labored, the Washington Post reported.
Wein appeared to have some doubt concerning the web site’s authenticity in her first message to “Guido” on the web site, which claims to have served “hundreds” of consumers in additional than 160 nations and boasts having 17,985 “field operatives” within the United States.
“This is kind of weird that your company is not on the deep or dark web,” Wein wrote, Innes advised the Washington Post. “I prefer not going to jail. Thank you for your time.”