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Father accidentally hires his former boss to kill his wife and 4-year-old daughter for insurance money

By Mason White 12:25 PM February 13, 2017
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By: Mason White

A man sent a text message to a hitman, asking him to kill his wife and young daughter.

The 42-year-old man of Monroe, Washington, told the hitman that he will split a life-insurance payout with him in exchange for killing his wife and young daughter, according to Snohomish County prosecutors.

The man sent text messages, which were addressed to someone named “Shayne.” He wrote in part: “You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife. I’m going to take you up on that offer.”

He then went on to explain that his wife had a $1 million life insurance policy while his 4-year-old daughter has life insurance that is worth $500,000 and he is willing to split the money as payment for the murders.

He added his wife’s work schedule. Officers went to the woman’s workplace to check on her.

According to court records, to woman said that she was unaware of any marital problem, but they did have financial issues since her husband lost his job.

When officer confronted the husband in his house, he initially denied sending the text messages.

He admitted to writing the messages two months ago, after getting into a fight with his wife when he was accused of cheating on her.

The 42-year-old man told police that he saved the message as drafts and that his daughter might have sent them to his former boss while playing with his phone.

The man was arrested and a judge ordered him held in the Snohomish County Jail on $1 million bail.

Although he was not yet officially charged, a judge found probable cause on two counts of criminal solicitation for first-degree murder and domestic-violence, jail and court records show.