One murder-for-hire plot in 1990 was hatched in a Roanoke nightclub by a 19-year-old kid from Raleigh Court. He wanted a used-car dealer dead.
Another was sparked by a senior citizen from Christiansburg, who in 2010 paid a hit man $20 in cash, a post-dated check and some war medals to kill a guy dating his ex-girlfriend.
In 2009, in the parking lot outside Covington’s Walmart, a 58-year-old woman gave a contract killer $500 and promised him another $249,500(!) from insurance proceeds after he shot her husband to death.
And in a 1999 case, a Vinton woman, 35, met with an assassin-for-hire in a park behind Roanoke County’s William Byrd High School. There, she agreed to pay $5,000 for the murder of her spouse. Her big concern was she didn’t want his truck damaged during the killing. I’m not making that up.
The circumstances, settings and players were different, and the motives ranged from jealousy and greed to anger and infidelity.
But in each case the common thread was killer-for-hire was an undercover cop, playing a menacing role opposite some ordinary fools who’d let their imaginations run wild. That’s the kindest way to put it.
We saw yet another example last week when Franklin County schoolteacher Angela Nolen pleaded guilty to soliciting the murder of her retired school administrator ex-husband.
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