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Tennessee Man Pleads Guilty to a Murder-for-hire Plot

A retired teacher pleaded guilty to attempting to hire a hitman on the dark web to kill his wife.

According to court records 59-year-old Nelson Paul Replogle, of Knoxville, Tennessee, admitted paying for a hitman on a darkweb murder-for-hire site. Replogle had paid the hitman to kill his wife, Ann Replogle, and make the killing look like a “road rage or a carjacking gone wrong.”

Replogle’s murder-for-hire plot was brought to the attention of the FBI on February 20, 2021, by the BBC. The BBC told the FBI that they had learned of a murder-for-hire plot arranged against Ann Replogle of Knoxville.

A picture of Nelson Paul Replogle thought he had an easy way out of his marriage.

Nelson Paul Replogle thought he had an easy way out of his marriage.

The FBI notified the Knox County Sheriff’s Office of the plot and asked them to go to Replogle’s residence and check on the target. FBI agents then questioned the couple and asked them if they knew of anyone who would want to harm Mrs. Replogle. The couple said they did not.

On being questioned separately Replogle told the agents that he had not paid to have his wife killed and that he could not think of anyone who would want her dead.

The BBC contacted the FBI agents and gave them more information they had acquired on the murder-for-hire plot. The BBC told the FBI that the hitman had been told to kill Replogle’s wife when on her way to a veterinarian appointment. The hitman had been given a detailed description of the target’s vehicle, and the date, time, and place of the veterinarian appointment.

The FBI was also informed that a payment of approximately $17,853 in bitcoin had been sent to the murder-for-hire site. Analysis of the bitcoin transaction led the investigators to Coinbase. Coinbase shared information that showed that the bitcoin had been sent from Replogle’s account. Further investigations revealed that the bitcoin had been bought with funds from Replogle’s First Horizon Bank savings account. The investigators also found out that the IP address used when the transaction was made belonged to Replogle according to AT&T records.

These discoveries resulted in Replogle’s arrest on April 21. Replogle pleaded guilty to one count of a murder-for-hire plot on October 25.

The defendant’s sentencing is scheduled for February 22, 2022. He could be sentenced to a maximum of ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a supervised release of three years.

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14 Comments
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fuckkthepoliceee
dee63ac0 Wed, Nov 3, 2021

Another retard that thinks Bitcoin is anonymous if your are going to do illegal things use fucking monero XMR and the police will never caught you

brootastic
271ec080 Thu, Nov 4, 2021

It's not you wont get caught, investigators will have to use other methods of investigation and if the investigator is a newb then you have a higher chance of getting away.

Brotastic
0e0ae4d0 Wed, Nov 3, 2021

Gay bro...

Kyle
85abbdc0 Wed, Nov 3, 2021

WOW They never learn

suckmeoffdaddy
bb0a47f0 Wed, Nov 3, 2021

nope, they dont :/

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c9d2d360 Thu, Nov 4, 2021

The murder for hire darknet "markets' are almost always run by LE. Duh. And XMR all the way.

Bitcoin2Monero
74839480 Fri, Nov 5, 2021

So people are saying the only way to get away with it is by sending Monero (XMR) lol

Moronaboveme
c4388b60 Fri, Nov 5, 2021

XMR is literally the only crypto that cannot be traced so yeah, you can get away with anything you want using monero. Do you not realize that it is not easy to find a platform that sells monero?

Divergence
2d224880 Fri, Nov 5, 2021

XMR or bust as they say nowadays. I so wonder if the honeypot is ran by law enforcement or some rogue avenger.

poopypants
751d1500 Mon, Nov 8, 2021

They never learn lmao. It is a lucrative business model really. Take the payments and report. I love how the bitcoin blockchain is the nail in the coffin.

founderackerman
7d4b8040 Thu, Nov 11, 2021

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makawaronerooo
5d81bec0 Sun, Nov 14, 2021

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babydick
be6549f0 Mon, Nov 15, 2021

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you need certain safeguards in place to mitigate any tracing or analysis

find_all
a82dd8b0 Sat, Nov 20, 2021

exactly. people thinking xmr can make them anonymous is complete bullshit. it's just another tool like Tor which you have to properly use

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