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WI Woman Sentenced for Trying to Hire a Hitman

A Wisconsin woman was sentenced to prison after she admitted that she tried to hire a hitman on a dark web murder-for-hire site.

Kelly Harper, 38, of Columbus, Wisconsin was according to court records sentenced to 72 months in prison for attempting to hire a hitman to murder her ex-husband. Harper’s plot was discovered by journalists who were investigating murder-for-hire sites on the darkweb.

A picture of Harper in her booking photo

Harper in her booking photo

Court documents show that while investigating a murder-for-hire site on the darkweb, the journalists acquired records of messages between the site’s admin and one of the site’s clients.

Previously: FBI: Wisconsin Woman Tried to Hire a Hitman on the Darkweb

In the chat logs, the client gave detailed information about the target to the site’s admin. The information included the target’s pictures, phone number, and vehicle details. The client had also sent a screenshot of a bitcoin wallet to the site’s administrator as proof of payment. The journalists notified the would-be victim and shared the information they had collected in their investigation.

On January 13, 2021, the target’s girlfriend contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and gave them copies of the information the journalists had given to her boyfriend (the target). The FBI consequently contacted the journalists who in turn confirmed the authenticity of the information.

The FBI launched an investigation into the transfer of the bitcoin from the client’s wallet to the murder-for-hire site. The phone number, email address, and IP address linked to the client’s wallet showed that the wallet belonged to Harper.

The investigators executed a search warrant on Harper’s residence on February 5. The investigators found and seized screenshots of a darkweb murder-for-hire site and pictures of the target that Harper had sent to the site’s administrator.

Harper was consequently arrested and questioned and she reportedly admitted that she had sent Bitcoin to the site’s administrator to have the target killed.

Harper was charged with using the Internet to hire someone to commit murder on February 8. She pleaded guilty to the charge on June 24.

U.S. District Judge William M. Conley sentenced Harper to six years in federal prison on September 30.

9 Comments
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e7c33b10 Sun, Oct 3, 2021

archetyp clearweb link shows seized banner: archetyp.link but the market still running? anyone know what is up why is no one talking about this??? is it a honey pot?

p2p murder site
92ba5870 Sun, Oct 3, 2021

We always hear about muder for hire sites but i have never ran into them.... how are these people even finding them. Someone should make a decentralized murder for hire site just to see what would happen. With reviews and everything. Would be an interesting project i think.

alias
bbb9a4e0 Mon, Oct 4, 2021

@p2p murder site

there actually is a website exactly for that, with reviews even

SkinnyMonkeyMAN
c86b74c0 Thu, Oct 14, 2021

I wish a group would DDos the shit out of them and take them down.... I don't want that shitt. Were criminals, not fucking monsters... what the hell

fluffypony
1ea7eb80 Sun, Oct 3, 2021

Should have used Monero!

dark
fbab1f30 Mon, Oct 4, 2021

should have used pgp

greg
41299100 Fri, Oct 8, 2021

And monero

Pendant
e8fe1f30 Mon, Oct 11, 2021

6 years for attempted murder is just laughable. America is a joke.

MotherHubard
2620b8f0 Thu, Oct 14, 2021

... if it was the other random.. ones where they were rel, and he killed 16. He would have been dead, but she would have still only got 6 years for arranging a murder and conspiracy to have someone murdered. America is crazy.

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