Federal prosecutors announced last week that 47-year-old Melody Sasser was charged with one count of murder for hire after she allegedly paid almost $10,000 in Bitcoin to hire a hitman to kill Jennifer Wallace, the new wife of a man Sasser met on a dating website, the Daily Beast reported.
Officials said the Department of Homeland Security was notified in April of the assassination plot by a foreign law enforcement agency, which ultimately led to the charge.
During the investigation, detectives found a user with the account name “cattree” paid the administrator of the website Online Killers Marketplace $9,750 for the murder. The hitman website, which is now defunct, was a scam and did not actually carry out assassination plots.
Investigators said the user provided specific, accurate details about Wallace’s life, like her full name and address for her residence in Prattville, Alabama. The user also provided information about the vehicles Wallace and her husband drove and descriptions of their dogs.
The user wrote, “She recently moved in with her new husband, she works at home and in office in Birmingham,” according to the Daily Beast.
In addition, the user provided the website with instructions on how to kill Wallace: “It needs to seem random or accident, or plant drugs, do not want a long investigation,” according to the Daily Beast.
Wallace was informed about the alleged plot and she immediately told authorities about Sasser, whom her husband, David, knew while he was living in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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David talked with investigators and told them he met Sasser on Match.com and she had helped him go on a hike one time.
Wallace told investigators that Sasser had showed up at their home in Alabama unannounced and when David told her that he was engaged to Wallace, Sasser allegedly replied saying she hoped they would “both fall off a cliff and die,” the Daily Beast reported.
Afterwards, the couple said they started receiving threatening calls from someone disguising their voice. Sasser also allegedly followed the couple on their hikes using a fitness app and gave that information to the hitman website.
According to the Daily Mail, Sasser bought Bitcoin using cash at ATMs in Knoxville before she sent the payment in January. Coinhub used customer data to identify Sasser as the owner of the “cattree” account, officials said.
Sasser was arrested on May 18 and remains in custody. She is scheduled to appear in court again on June 8, according to authorities.
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