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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. ●●●

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