A Pennsylvania woman has been arrested after trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband’s new wife and possibly his new wife’s teenage daughter.
Marilyn Zhou, of Chadds Ford, PA, was arrested by New Jersey police on December 18 and charged with attempted murder and money laundering.
According to the Mercer County Procuratorate, Zhou, 56, had tried to hire a man across state lines to commit the murder.
In early December, the New Jersey Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was informed that Zhou was looking for a hit-and-run. The SIU launched a covert operation to stop them.
According to prosecutors, on the morning of December 18, Zhou met an undercover SIU officer.
“Zhou provided the officer with two color photos of the victim, $21,000 in cash, nitrile rubber gloves and a towel to carry out the murder,” prosecutors said. “She also told the undercover officer that if the victim’s 13-year-old daughter was present at the time of the murder, she should also be murdered.”
Zhou told the undercover officer that she would pay another $20,000 once the task was completed.
Shortly after the meeting, the police arrested Zhou and took her into custody.
Police searched her Chadds Ford home and found an additional $18,000 in cash and “items she recommended to the undercover officer at the time of the murder.”
Prosecutors have filed a motion to hold Zhou in custody pending trial.
This isn’t the first hit-and-run that authorities have disrupted in recent times. A Californian in June pleaded guilty after trying to hire a hitman on the dark web.
Beverly Hills resident Scott Quinn Berkett tried to pay $13,000 in bitcoin to a dark web group — who promptly gave his identity and information to a media outlet. The outlet then contacted the FBI, who took him into custody.
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