Video: Woman caught on camera telling ‘hitman’ she wanted husband dead as its ‘easier than divorcing him’
Julia Charlene Merfeld also said she didn’t want to deal with breaking her husband’s heart by separating
A woman has been caught on video telling a police officer posing as a hitman that she wanted her husband dead because it was easier than divorcing him.
In the clip Julia Charlene Merfeld, of Michigan in the United States, calmly tells the detective that the “hit” must happen on a Thursday and couldn’t take place at the couple’s family home as it would be too messy.
When the 20-year-old was asked why she wanted her husband killed, she told the detective that it would mean she wouldn’t have to worry about “breaking his heart”, or any negative family reaction to their separation.
Describing the deteriorating relationship with her 27-year-old spouse, Merfeld says: “When I first decided to do this … it’s not that we weren’t getting along… But terrible as it sounds, it was easier than divorcing him”.
Occasionally laughing, she adds: “You know, I didn’t have to worry about the judgement of my family, I didn’t have to worry about breaking his heart all that stuff like this. It’s, like, how I got a clean getaway.”
Police believe one of the driving factors in Merfeld’s decision to hire a hitman was a desire to claim her husband’s $400,000 life insurance. She had promised to pay the hitman $50,000 to commit the murder.
Merfeld pleaded guilty to soliciting murder last month and is due to be sentenced on July 30. She is expected to go to prison, despite her husband’s request that she is not jailed for the crime.
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...