WOMAN CHARGED IN CRAIGSLIST PLOT TO KILL EX-HUSBAND
An Oklahoma woman is accused of trying to hire someone via Craigslist to travel to Israel and kill her ex-husband using ricin. Federal prosecutors charged 37-year-old Danielle Dana Layman with using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. Prosecutors said Layman posted on the classifieds website advertising a seemingly innocent “10 day gig overseas.”
According to an affidavit, the ad read: “For production overseas, looking for talent, 30-45 years old. Doesn’t have to be a professional actor. Required: Creative, outgoing and friendly, positive personality, boldness and bravery (some stunts may seem risky, although they are completely safe).” It added that experience in acting, magic shows and casino dealing was preferred.
The affidavit said a person who responded to the ad contacted the FBI after meeting with Layman at a coffee shop in May. The “Mission Details” of the plot instructed the person to travel to Israel, hire the ex-husband as a taxi driver every morning and offer him coffee that was laced with ricin, which is made from castor beans.
The affidavit, citing Israeli news reports, said Layman had been in a custody battle with her ex-husband. She was arrested after the FBI searched her home in Ponca City and seized castor beans and instructions on how to make ricin. ●●●