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TN Man Gets 87 Months in Murder-for-Hire Case

A Tennessee man was sentenced to 87 months in prison for trying to hire a hitman on the darkweb.

According to court documents, Nelson Paul Replogle, 60, of Knoxville, Tennessee, admitted using the darkweb to hire a hitman. Replogle paid a purported hitman 0.2924549 Bitcoin to kill his wife on a fraudulent murder-for-hire site.

Replogle’s murder-for-hire plot came to light after someone (@deku_shrub no doubt) anonymously contacted the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and told them that someone had hired a hitman on the darkweb to kill Replogle’s wife, Ann Replogle.

BBC journalists contacted the FBI and informed them of the murder-for-hire plot on April 20, 2021. The FBI immediately contacted the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and sent a protective detail to Replogle’s home.

The booking photo for Nelson Paul Replogle

Nelson Replogle

Replogle told investigators that he knew nobody who wanted his wife dead.

BBC reporters contacted the FBI with more information on the murder-for-hire plot. They told the FBI that Replogle had first accessed the fake murder-for-hire site on April 15, 2021. The reporters also provided the FBI information about Replogle’s messages to the purported hitman. Replogle told the hitman that he wanted the hit to look like a carjacking gone wrong. He then gave the hitman his wife’s name and address, a description of her vehicle, and a specific date and time for taking her pet to a veterinarian’s appointment. Replogle and the hitman agreed on a price, and he sent 0.2924549 Bitcoin. The BBC reporters sent the FBI the Bitcoin transaction details, including the transaction hash and addresses involved.

Feds linked the transaction to a Coinbase account controlled by Replogle. Records from Coinbase revealed that Replogle had accessed the Coinbase account from an I.P. address associated with an AT&T account under his name. Replogle had funded the transaction using his account at Horizon Bank.

As Darknetlive reported last year, Replogle pleaded guilty to one count of murder for hire on October 25, 2021.

On February 24, 2022, Senior United States District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced Replogle to 7 years and three months in federal prison. Three years of supervised release will follow the prison sentence.

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Also, I should point out that the administrator of this and many other fake murder-for-hire sites is not just a fraudster who does not care that the people he steals from get caught, he has openly admitted that he sends their information to law enforcement. He has also directly threatened customers to send their information to law enforcement if they do not comply with his demands.

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5f2416d0 Wed, Mar 2, 2022

if only life was that simple

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0388f150 Tue, Mar 8, 2022

Should have used Monero!

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eb5637b0 Wed, Mar 2, 2022

So the admin of the hidden service is in the clear right? He/she doesn’t have to worry about repercussions? Take the money and run? I love the game plan.

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ddfcf170 Thu, Mar 3, 2022

for fucking real,

I know what I wanna be when I grow up!

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b96b40a0 Thu, Mar 3, 2022

its ok to run such a website for scamming such customers but if one ever caught paying them then he deserve to live in prison 4ever. Make sense.

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d45d6690 Thu, Mar 3, 2022

This is common for their environment. Honeypots are more real when it comes to murder-for-hire and CP content. What is alarming is the thought that, for every honeypot, there are 10 real sites.
Makes you wonder.

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51d32d40 Tue, Mar 8, 2022

vendor from old empire market .. decided to open his own version of empire to bring back the happy days and my empire version is plain looking because i dont wanna over load the server with graphics to make it run show. i rather have the speed of surfing and not lagging and facts are all pretty looking markets are all about attracting customers to rob them.. i am running a regular script vanilla. i believe in honest market place that works and is walletless we bitcoin and monero are accepted and escrow protection on all purchases and market will be online forever i dont plan on exiting or robber customers ever because i was robbed at a vendor many times and i am sick of that. take a stand with me and join my market it show them we wont tolerate them scamming us anymore. i am a vendor that decided i wont moving my vendor shop to new markets 30 times a year fuk that yo. dread bribed my exit scammers by the way….removed scam link

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