A 31-year-old nurse from Illinois was charged with conspiring to kill another woman by hiring a hitman from a dark web-based platform.
She is said to have paid more than $10,000 in Bitcoins through the site to get the target hit and made to look like an accident or ordinary crime.
The woman, who was identified as Tina Jones, was said to have contacted a site by the name Cosa Nostra International Network (currently offline with a tag showing seized by the feds), which offered hitman-for-hire services.
She maneuvered through the site, oblivious if someone was investigating her plans.
According to law enforcement authorities, Jones ordered a hit on a social worker in Naperville. Reasons for Jones to kill her were investigated—the targeted victim was the wife of a coworker Jones had supposedly had an affair with in 2017.
The DuPage County State Attorney’s Office says law enforcement received a tip on April 12 of alleged planned murder. The tip came from CBS program (48 hours), which was investigating a story related to the site Cosa Nostra International Network.
However, after intensive investigation to the site, it was discovered that the site was a scam designed to dupe people to steal their money.
The police acted swiftly to the tip, which led to Jones’ subsequent arrest. Since she was arrested, it has been reported that the Loyola University Medical Center deregistered her as a member of their society.
She was presented to the court for her hearing where the Judge gave her a bond of $250,000 and an order to report for the next hearing.
Jones is set to be arraigned before DuPage County Judge George Bakalis on May 15.
The Bigger Picture
In the corners of the dark web, all sorts of crimes are committed and facilitated because anonymity is assured.
Amidst the darknet platforms where hitmen-for-hire are seen, there have been reports of scammers who take advantage of the hidden services.
Many people have fallen into the trap, and lots of cash lost in the dirty game as these scam sites have no credibility or assurance of delivering the services.
Most of the hitman-for-hire sites tend to portray being legit by requesting the victim’s details on the locality, the area of residence and possible day routes.
It makes the customer believe that the job will be taken care of after payments are made.
Each different murder case observed is conducted by people with various capacities. As usual, if it’s a high ranked person in the society with bodyguards, an ex-military associate with proper training is preferred.
On the other hand, for situations where an ordinary person is the victim, any criminal with an unlicensed gun can be hired to do the job.
The Motivation Behind the Contract Killing Market
Reading in between the lines, there is a more significant problem than what is purported and seen by many regarding this topic.
Many contributing factors together have facilitated the criminals to thrive in killing people using unlicensed guns.
The society has dramatically changed from all perspectives, where the moral standards that ruled and governed people have shifted with time.
For a person to commit the act of killing another individual or a group of people, as is the case with mass shootings, there are reasons behind it which need to be revisited.
Due to the high digitalization of almost everything in the current century, the dark web rapture is likely to move from bad to worse.
With a wide selection of unlicensed and illegal guns easily accessible with a click of a button in the dark web, the criminals seem to be having a cutting edge in the field.
According to different sites offering hitman-for-hire services, one can pay up to $40,000 for one kill depending on the specification of the victim and how one wants it done.
But many criminals prefer getting money with any method despite the risk involved. The dark web is offering a platform where fast money can be acquired through illegal activities and commodities.
Although a lot out there are scams, the menace of hired hitmen being the norm is a problem that cannot be ignored. With the help of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoins, the contract-based crime market may continue to evolve.