Saturday, November 20, 2021

Dumb Michigan Woman Hires Hitman

"Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe."
-Frank Zappa

After reading the following recent local story I recalled the above quote by the late musician Frank Zappa. 
A woman who was apparently not over a bad breakup of some kind decided that the world would be a better place without her former husband. 
And so, like every vengeful yet rational spouse who has reached that conclusion she decided to go online and rent a hitman. Yes indeed. As you might imagine subsequent events didn't pan out in the woman's favor.
A Michigan woman could spend up to nine years in prison for trying to get her ex-husband killed. Wendy Lynn Wein, 52, of South Rockford, used a fake website called "Rent-A-Hitman" to try to solicit the murder of her former husband on July 17, 2020. 
She used a pseudonym but entered her real information at the end of her "service request." However, the "Rent-A-Hitman" domain was created as a cyber-security test site.

The website's owner contacted Michigan State Police, who contacted Wein posing as someone from the website. An undercover detective met with Wein at a cafe, where she said she wanted to have her ex murdered. She gave the detective his home address, work address, and work schedule. She also said she would pay $5,000 for the murder. At a second meeting that same day, she gave the detective $200 as a downpayment. Wein was charged with solicitation of murder and using a computer to commit a crime. She pleaded guilty to both charges on Friday.

It's difficult for me to imagine that anyone would think that he or she could just hire a hitman the same way that they order items from Amazon but the world has no apparent shortage of venal cretins. As the saying goes, life is hard but it's harder if you're stupid.
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