Woman Hires Hitman Online, Gets Busted

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Woman Hires Hitman Online, Gets Busted

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A woman in Pennsylvania used her PayPal account to hire a guy on hitmanforhire.com and might face 56 years in prison.

Back in 2006, twenty-eight year old Marissa Mark decided she wanted someone dead. So she did what any sensible person would do to find an assassin for hire, she went to the internet. Searching for "hitman" probably came up with a boatload of videogame reviews and news articles, but Mark finally stumbled upon a website called "hitmanforhire.com" and arranged for a man only identified as "person No. 1" to shoot a Californian woman in the head for $37,000.

She used pilfered credit card accounts to exchange $19k through PayPal, with the promise to hand over the balance when the job was done. Even though Mark provided the initials of the target (A.L.R) and the woman's work address, the target wasn't physically harmed before the authorities stopped the plot. After collecting all the evidence it could, the U.S. Attorney's office finally indicted Marissa Mark this week on eight counts including conspiracy and use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, aggravated identity theft, attempted access device fraud, and aiding and abetting. If she's found guilty of all counts, Mark could face a maximum sentence of 56 years in prison.

At last year's Triangle Games Conference, Susan Arendt heard a talk from lawyer Greg Boyd about how important it is to think about money laundering when designing online economies in MMOs. If you can buy a sword with real money and can transfer it to someone else, coupled with the ability to "cash out," then it's theoretically possible for criminal organizations to launder funds through your game.

You might think that someone using a videogame that way is a pretty far-fetched worry, but Mark's case proves that if an act is possible, someone will eventually try to carry it out. Marissa Mark circumvented all the skullduggery and subterfuge that Boyd proposed by directly using all of the tools that the internet provides (ease of communication, convenient transactions) to carry out a grisly murder.

Online game-makers usually try to discourage transfer of real funds for ingame currency, but a secondary market still exists. How far are we from someone using isk in EVE Online or gold in WoW to do something similar?

Source: Morning Call

Thanks to The_root_of_all_evil for the tip.

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Greg Tito:
arranged for a man only identified as "person No. 1" to shoot a Californian woman in the head for $37,000.

Good thing it wasn't Agent 47

If you're dumb enough to go on a site called "hitmanforhire.com", you deserve to get caught. I mean come on, at least one law enforcement agency has to be monitoring that thing.

If she would have attempted to do it herself - wouldn't she get less than 56 years?

What has the world come to when you cant even trust hitmans anymore. :<

mjc0961:
If you're dumb enough to go on a site called "hitmanforhire.com", you deserve to get caught. I mean come on, at least one law enforcement agency has to be monitoring that thing.

I was sorta expecting the site to have been created by law enforcement specifically for that purpose.

Wait a minute... there are actually websites for hiring assassins? Whose bright idea was that?

Holy hell, people, look for pest control if you want a hitman. I thought this was established by now. Look up pest control and ask about large mammal removal. Learn how to pay for murder right, people.

Random berk:
Wait a minute... there are actually websites for hiring assassins? Whose bright idea was that?

I doubt there's any on the surface web. I remember seeing some "Assassin Networks" over on TOR before. But they're all apparently impossible to connect to. And probably not even running anymore.

On the one hand, BLOODY GOOD she got caught and I hope she goes down for the rest of her natural life.

Secondly, so what happened with this Person Number One? Is he real? Is he still on the loose?

Popido:
What has the world come to when you cant even trust hitmans anymore. :<

Hey hey hey... Hitpeople. Don't be sexist.

I really wanna try this website out :P

What an idiota.

I think this is the third "Searching for hitman online" article i've seen on The Escapist...

thaluikhain:

mjc0961:
If you're dumb enough to go on a site called "hitmanforhire.com", you deserve to get caught. I mean come on, at least one law enforcement agency has to be monitoring that thing.

I was sorta expecting the site to have been created by law enforcement specifically for that purpose.

metoo, im suprised the FBI didn't flag it as soon as the domain name was registered....

On a side note, surely any sane person would realise that the net is probably the worst place to do that shit..... i mean come on, a shady meeting in the park/ a dimly lit underground car park are the best places to be arranging/paying for assassinations aint they?? Saying that, if she's trying to arrange a hit, she can't be that sane.

Why did this remind me of Season 2 of The Guild where Zaboo pays Vork rent in Gold in their Game. WHY? WHY CAN'T I GET FELICIA DAY OUT OF MY HEAD?

On a lighter note, I'm pretty sure if she'd just done they job herself she could get life in prison, which is probably not a much longer sentence.

And speaking of alternative revenue streams, she'll soon learn to convert menthol cigarettes into regular cigarettes when making change after she starts selling toothbrush shanks.

Almost reminds me of that girl who hired her brother in law to kill her next door neighbor in hopes of her daughter winning the cheer leading contest. Ho well, another bat shit crazy girl possibly off the streets.

Random berk:
Wait a minute... there are actually websites for hiring assassins? Whose bright idea was that?

Yeah.. That was exactly what i thought too..
And such a website would seem as a very good way to get busted..

There's a hitman hiring site? And people are stupid enought to use it?

Is this a joke? Or am I underestimating the degree to which the desire that drives someone to hire a hitman in the first place cloud's ones judgement?

Interestingly, Paypal have just sent me an email talking about Domino's Pizza Delivery.

I don't think I'll answer the door to the delivery driver though...just in case...

If she payed the money where has it gone and who has it now O.o

almostgold:
Holy hell, people, look for pest control if you want a hitman. I thought this was established by now. Look up pest control and ask about large mammal removal. Learn how to pay for murder right, people.

Good job that made me laugh.

Although.. a quick call to pest control could fix some problems... hmm....

You never trust the Agency!

EDIT: I guess she really didn't like the other woman. It's terrible that anyone would want to hire an assassin to kill someone else. People like this deserve to be locked up -- just not in a prison, where the taxpayers will be paying for her for the next 50+ years.

Seriously, who goes to a website actually named "Hitman For Hire"? How stupid can you get.

Okay, I'm probably gonna feel real stupid for asking this, but how did her crime in specific relate to money laundering through video games? The article says that she used stolen credit cards and PayPal, and then talks about buying and selling WoW gold to launder money for criminal activities. Maybe I'm missing some more obvious connection, but it just feels like that section was shoe-horned in to make the article video game related. I personally don't mind if the news articles aren't all video game related, but it confuses me when there is no obvious (to me at least) connection and you try to force one.

OT: Yeah, anyone who goes to a site like hitmanforhire.com really isn't smart enough to get away with it. Not that I would know of a better way to do it, but there is such a thing as subterfuge.

therandombear:

Greg Tito:
arranged for a man only identified as "person No. 1" to shoot a Californian woman in the head for $37,000.

Good thing it wasn't Agent 47

Agent 47 conveniently only kills those who have it coming >_>

..remember when the internet used to be just flamewars and trolling..?

Ah, the good old days.. the innocent past that will exist nevermore.. :p

hansari:

therandombear:

Greg Tito:
arranged for a man only identified as "person No. 1" to shoot a Californian woman in the head for $37,000.

Good thing it wasn't Agent 47

Agent 47 conveniently only kills those who have it coming >_>

True...lets just hope that the Californian woman doesn't abduct his priest friend :3

deathstar2Razor:
If she would have attempted to do it herself - wouldn't she get less than 56 years?

Yes, attempted murder carries a 6-8 year penalty in the United States, but then we'd have to add on her other charges of the fraud which depending on the severity can garner a minimum (I think) of 20 years.

All in all, yes she'd be hammered less if she'd just tried it herself (not like she should have). Really, even IF she managed to kill the woman and got the minimum murder sentencing, it's less than 56 years.

deathstar2Razor:
If she would have attempted to do it herself - wouldn't she get less than 56 years?

Wait....probably. But I guess this way has a smaller chance of being caught....apart from the hitmanforhire.com part....

"Hitmanforhire.com"

...Who would call their website..."Hitmanforhire.com...?".... Isn't that basically strapping a sign to your head saying "I love murdering people and I will be caught so please phone the police to take me to prison you twats!"

hitmanforhire.com how stupid can anyone be, it's an obvious net to catch people. You wouldn't look up cocainedelivery.com and expect it to be a great way to get coke delivered to your door without the cops noticing.

thaluikhain:

mjc0961:
If you're dumb enough to go on a site called "hitmanforhire.com", you deserve to get caught. I mean come on, at least one law enforcement agency has to be monitoring that thing.

I was sorta expecting the site to have been created by law enforcement specifically for that purpose.

Ditto. The hitman she was contracting was probably an agent sipping a latte with one hand and searching for youtube videos with the other. All we need now is for Chris Hansen to become involved and stage "hits" with Sacha Baron Cohen as the assassin.

almostgold:
Holy hell, people, look for pest control if you want a hitman. I thought this was established by now. Look up pest control and ask about large mammal removal. Learn how to pay for murder right, people.

Nice Neil Gaiman reference lol

... Hiring a hitman online? I'm seriously disappointed in people. We don't even have the common decency to hire our hitmen by going through a series of underworld agents to set up late-night meetings and exchange bundles of unmarked bills and names of people we want killed anymore. Joking aside who in their right mind actually tries to hire an assassin online? They don't think it might be a trap to catch people with homicidal delusions? Now, if you excuse me I must log onto discountserialkillers.org for completely legitimate non-homicidal related purposes.

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