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A MAN staged his own mur­der – com­plete with a fake bul­let hole in his head – af­ter dis­cov­er­ing his wife had hired a hit­man to kill him.

Box­ing coach Ra­mon Sosa ( left) posed as a blood-stained corpse to help po­lice catch his wife Maria “Lulu” Sosa.

She hired the killer to carry out the mur­der for just £1,500 – then laughed when she saw a photo of her “dead” hus­band.

In the shock­ing im­age, blood is seen stream­ing down the shirt­less man’s chest from a fake bul­let hole in his right tem­ple.

But the 50-year-old was in fact alive and well.

His wife was busted when she un­know­ingly tried to hire one of Ra­mon’s for­mer box­ing stu­dents to carry out the hit.

With the sup­port of the FBI, Texas Rangers painted bloody makeup on Ra­mon, so it looked as though he had been shot through the tem­ple.

Then they drove him to the desert and put him in a shal­low grave they had al­ready dug.

Tak­ing pho­to­graphs of the mor­bid scene – re­leased un­der Open Re­quest – they hid Ra­mon in a ho­tel for three days.

Then a “hit­man” – who was ac­tu­ally an un­der­cover cop – showed Lulu the pictures.

The cou­ple, from Hous­ton, Texas, were to­gether for eight years un­til money wor­ries put strain on their re­la­tion­ship in 2015.

In Oc­to­ber last year, Lulu, 43, pleaded guilty to solic­i­ta­tion of mur­der and was jailed for 20 years.

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