An Oklahoma woman is accused of using Craigslist to try to hire someone to travel to Israel and kill her ex-husband using ricin.
Federal prosecutors charged Danielle Dana Layman, 37, with using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, they said Saturday.
Layman’s grisly plot was uncovered when someone who responded to the ad, which described the work as an overseas production gig, contacted the FBI.
The post, titled “10 day gig overseas for amateur, competitive pay!” explained what the work would entail.
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“For production overseas, looking for talent, 30-45 years old,” the ad read, according to an affidavit. “Doesn’t have to be a professional actor. Require: Creative, outgoing and friendly, positive personality, boldness and bravery (some stunts may seem risky, although they are completely safe).”
It added that experience performing in magic shows and casino dealing was preferred.
The affidavit said that a person who responded to the ad called the FBI to report that they had been hired to murder an individual in Tel Aviv, Israel, with ricin provided by the ad’s creator.
Layman used a PowerPoint presentation to describe exactly what would be expected of the candidate. The plot was referred to as “Operation Insecticide.”
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“Mission Details” instructed the person who responded to the ad to hire Layman’s ex-husband as a taxi driver daily, and to offer him coffee laced with ricin.
“Repeat every morning and monitor the driver’s health. Report if he starts showing signs of illness, if he is vomiting, and if he fails to come pick you up at the hostel. When your mark is hospitalized [or] eliminated – move to a different hotel or motel until your flight back home,” the instructions read, according to the affidavit.
Layman offered a $ 4,000 reward for the successful completion of the mission.
Ricin is a natural poison found in castor beans. When purified and ingested, inhaled, or injected, it can cause death.
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It has no known antidote and is extremely difficult to detect as a cause of death.
Layman had been in a custody battle with her ex-husband over the pair’s then-13 year-old daughter, the affidavit said, citing Israeli newspaper reports.
Layman was arrested last week after authorities searched her Oklahoma residence.
They recovered several dozen castor beans in the kitchen, as well as a mortar and pestle with residue that might have been remnants of ground castor beans.
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Agents also found instructions on how to make ricin, apparently downloaded from the internet.
Layman remains in federal custody and a detention hearing is scheduled for July 11.
If convicted, she would be sentenced to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $ 250,000.
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