US Authorities Arrest A Women in Murder-for-Hire; Paid $5k In Bitcoin to Scammer
A woman based out of Nevada has been arrested by the authorities for allegedly hiring a hitman to get her ex-husband killed. It is being reported that the woman paid $5000 in Bitcoin on the dark web, but the website turned out to be a scam, and the woman was indicted for conspiring to kill her husband.
The woman was identified as Kristy Lynn Felkins residing in Fallon, Nevada, as per the court documents from the US District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Authorities were tipped off about the payment, who later traced the website and went on to track the bitcoin transaction made by the accused along with the incriminating messages that she exchanged with the bogus dark web website.
How Did the Murder Plot Begin?
The court documents revealed that Felkins started talking to someone over the dark web using a privacy-centric Tor browser (it uses multiple layers of addresses to constantly change the IP address of the user to avoid any tracing) back in 2016. The individual she was talking to advised her to launder bitcoin using peer-to-peer marketplace localbitcoins.com to avoid any tracing.
Felkins was not so sure about the idea and, at one point, even asked the representative of the website whether they were from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She asked,
“How do I know you are not FBI, they do have the capability to infect one's device and trace them back to their real IP. Just being cautious.”
Felkins eventually agreed to do as she was asked, and between March 6, 2016, and March 9, she sent 12 Bitcoins to the website. She asked the website to shoot her husband outside his workplace, and at one point, even suggested the murder look like a mugging gone wrong. However, the website demanded an additional $4000 for the task, and Felkins backed out, asking the “hitman” to proceed with the killing as agreed in the first place.
Felkins revealed that her ex-husband was quite abusive both mentally and physically. In one of her conversations with the alleged hitman, she said,
“This man mentally, physically, sexually, and emotionally abused me. I ran, and then he took my children away from me. He now mentally abuses my children and threatens their physical well being. He is quite the snake and master manipulator.”
The shady dark web marketplace, after receiving the money, started to give excuses to her and, at one point, even said that her husband was not found at his workplace. Both parties stopped communication in April 2016, while the authorities came to know about the alleged murder plot almost three years later and indicted Felkins on Thursday.