Wife Caught On Camera Casually Ordering a Hit on Her Husband Like She's Ordering a Goddamn Sandwich

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Wife Caught On Camera Casually Ordering a Hit on Her Husband Like She's Ordering a Goddamn Sandwich

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | July 10, 2013 | Comments ()

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You may have already heard about Julia Charlene Merfeld, a 20-year-old Michigan woman who has already pleaded guilty to soliciting a hitman to murder her husband so that she could collect his $400,000 insurance policy and, you know, avoid breaking his heart because, obviously, murder is easier than a break up. Fortunately for her husband, the hitman Merfeld tried to hire was an undercover cop, who caught the negotiation on camera, the video of which has been played already in court.

The video is below, and it is insane. She’s nonchalant. Smiling. Casual. She discusses when the hitman should do it: “It has to be on a Thursday, because that’s when I work.” She also agrees to give the hitman $50,000 from the life insurance policy, but since she can’t pay until after she collects, she says that she can put down a $100 down payment. You know, next week. Or the week after. Whenever! At least she has the heart to put the hit off a week so that “she can have that extra week with him” before, you know, he’s dead.

The other important thing, she says, is that she doesn’t really want to make it look like a robbery because she plans on having a friend move in, and she doesn’t want her friend to be afraid of robbers.

Why should she be? If she gets tired of her roommate, she’ll just HAVE HER KILLED.

People are f***ed in the head.

Could I get that with mustard and mayo. Hold the pickles. Oh, and what’s the special? Oh, you’re murdering husbands? I’ll take one of those!

(Via: Reddit)

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  • Gunnut2600

    Ordering a sandwich when she should have been making on....amirite?

  • e jerry powell

    For as much true-crime/reality hybrid as we have today, how can people like this still be so stupid? I would think that the possibility of getting stung by undercovers (or CIs) would cross a person's mind, but I guess my expectations are way too high.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Was it a club(bed) sandwich?

  • There's a fantastic When Harry Met Sally joke in here about taking twenty minutes to order a sandwich.

  • AvaLehra

    See, this is exactly why you shouldn't get married until you're in your 30s.

  • e jerry powell

    ...or so.

  • Slash

    Obviously, she's a terrible person, but I have to kind of LOL at this. What I don't understand is why these people think that contracting the death of your SPOUSE won't arouse suspicion upon the death of the spouse. The husband or wife is the first person the police look at when someone turns up dead. After the spouse is cleared, they go down the line of family, friends, coworkers, etc. Death by car crash or disease, maybe they don't look for a profit motive. But death under suspicious circumstances, you bet your ass the first two things they check are: 1) is there a sizable insurance payout or inheritance or some sort of financial incentive to cause someone's death? and 2) who gets it?

    After that, it's really not that hard to trace back. Because most people are stupid. Esp. 20-year-old people.

  • Finance_Nerd

    CNN reported today that Katniss & Django are popular baby names in 2013, so it doesn't surprise me that this chick just thinks she can order a hit like in the movies. People, especially criminals, are not smart.

  • Anne At Large

    To be fair, Django Reinhardt was an amazing guitarist. And I will keep telling myself that is the namesake everybody is thinking of, thankyouverymuch.

  • e jerry powell

    Hells yeah. Reinhardt and Grappelli 4EVA!

  • Buellie413

    "I don't want to live alone after."


  • BlackRabbit

    Not to mention, a killer would know her name, face, and that she wanted someone dead. Hell, she'd likely be dumb enough to give him a check.

  • e jerry powell

    From the looks of it, she was trying to put it on lay-away. Maybe she was contracting the hit in a Wal-Mart parking lot?

  • Daniel Lewis

    I'm so glad she's not from Florida. When I saw this headline, I thought "This had to have been in Tampa"

  • emmalita

    Edit: too damn depressing to joke about.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    So kind of like To Catch a Predator meets Murder She Wrote?

  • LexieW

    Holy... is this finally the time where my armchair diagnosis of "sociopath" is valid? It sure seems like it.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Probably. Definitely not one of the smarter ones, though.

  • profession: none, or starlet

    That's the thing; a lot of sociopaths aren't particularly bright, thus why the prison system already houses a good many. This lady certainly seems like a good candidate, though.

  • Frank Berrodin

    "Can we rule out the 18th? I want that extra week with him and so I can have more time to find a new roommate."

  • cinemaniac

    This is why I don't have life insurance.

  • Frank Berrodin

    Holy fuck. Pure evil.

  • Nadine

    ...was he abusive or something? What the hell, lady?! Why is she so casual? Seriously, was she made that way by years of his being a pyschopath or is she just THAT awful??? God damn.

  • ,

    We just had the one-year anniversary here of a high school girl who climbed out her window one night and got in a car and never came home. Long story short, two of her high school girlfriends picked her up, took her to a remote place and stabbed her to death (one has copped a plea, the other is still in the juvvy judicial system, so, "allegedly" and all that). The motive? They just didn't want to be friends anymore.

    Then they kept it to themselves for several months. One of them even helped with a search party. One finally cracked and led the cops to the body. After they interrogated her, a policeman said this teenage girl was colder than many professional criminals he knew.


  • e jerry powell

    There was a similar case from the mid-80s covered on two or three ID shows, where two girls took the third, a lifelong friend (relative to their ages at the time), into the woods, beat her unconscious, then drowned her in a creek by putting a fallen tree limb on the back of her head. Second-degree murder, because the jury didn't believe there was premeditation. The killers were released in 2011 and 2012 after each had served 20-plus years.

    Talk about history repeating.

    Teenaged girls. And my lovely niece will be one in four more years.

  • competitivenonfiction

    HOLY FUCK. Why did I have a baby girl? She's going to grow up to be around these people? Seriously? OH MY GOD. I'm moving to the woods.

  • e jerry powell

    Maybe not. It seems that's where all the sociopathic teen girls take their victims when they're ready to escalate.

  • emmalita

    I'm going back to the Parks and Rec/Game of Thrones thread now. At least the psychopathic murderers on that thread are fictional. :(

  • Nadine

    Holy shit. Teens can be terrifying. For every slightly entitled but ultimately harmless kid there's one genuine terror. I remember reading about that teen that killed her nine year old neighbour a few years back.

    Mary Bell is another one though she really was made cold and heartless by abuse. She murdered two toddlers when she was eleven.

    Scary kids be scary.

    I'm sorry for what happened in your town, for that poor little girl, I can't imagine what that would be like.

  • KFC Blowjob

    I thought of the movie Killer Joe when reading this. Can't decide which is more fucked up, that movie or this video.

  • ,

    "the hitman Merfeld tried to hire was an undercover cop"


    That seems to happen a lot. My favorite was a case where a woman tried to hire someone to throw acid in the face of another woman. She paid with a check.

    So, is that like a job description at the police department? Can you say, "I want to work undercover and catch people trying to hire hitmen to off their spouse/lover/rival"? And how does that transaction even happen? You want to hire a killer, do you just ask your brother-in-law or your best friend or the bartender where you can find one? And how much of that do you think you can do before you attract attention from the UnderCover Hitman squad at the P.D.? Do you think you can just casually ask around about having somebody bumped off without anyone deciding to rat you out, rather than go to prison as an accessory?

    In short, I LOVE stories like this.

  • VohaulsRevenge

    "It takes all kinds, and they're all here."

  • NateMan

    I think they could use a marriage counselor. And she could use a soul.

  • ,

    "She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake"

  • ZizoAH

    Well, she's going to have lots of girlfriends moving in with her.

  • Drew Morton

    But she has a Batman hoodie on! Can't she handle this herself?

  • jon29

    Batman never kills, man. Come on.

  • BlackRabbit

    No, you just never HEAR about him killing. He's a ninja!

  • Drew Morton

    Batman kills... I think he even drops a thug in acid in the debut issue.


  • duckandcover

    Most of those examples were from 1940. Then 1988. The most recent was All-Star Batman and Robin, which was notoriously terrible and, as the author acknowledges, "insane." This list is shit. It doesn't even include the awful Neal Adams' Odyssey, which has Batman firing wildly into a crowd with two guns.

    Terrible writers and plots don't make the character. Batman doesn't kill or use guns.

  • Mrcreosote

    Do hitmen really exist? Every time I hear one of these stories, it's an undercover cop. Every time. I imagine craigslist has a whole section called Hitmen (No, no we're not cops. Of course not! Please speak clearly. )

  • L.O.V.E.

    Benicio Del Toro is a hitman. Acting is his cover.

    (You didn't hear that from me. And if anyone asks, L.O.V.E. IS my real name).

  • PDamian

    From this case, and other news reports I've read, it appears that people ask their friends and coworkers if they know any hitmen, and sooner or later, someone turns them in to the cops, who then send an undercover officer to take the would-be purchaser up on the offer. What I want to know is: what kind of friends do you have to have for you to think that someone of your acquaintance would have knowledge of contract killers, including contact information?

    Years ago, I was teaching at a small college in the Southwest, and there was a nine-day-wonder news story about a professor at my college (not in my department, thank goodness) who tried to find a hit man to take out his wife, and did so by asking several of the college's janitors and maintenance workers. There was a lot of outrage -- "What, just because I don't have a college degree and I don't make as much as a fcukin' PhD, I must know all the killers?" was the general reaction. The professor in question did four years in the state pen and disappeared afterward.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Nowadays, on a college campus, you would just hit up the chemistry department. They're all dying to break bad.

    Protip, though-- if hitmen in popular culture are anything to go on, the person you really want to talk to is whoever teaches the jazz classes in the music department. Assassins love the jazz.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, dear.

    I guess I've found my mid-life second career, then.

  • tracey8051

    In that case Jerry, would you be interested in killing my husband for me? I could throw down a $50 deposit today if we can agree on a price and then....wait a minute. I totally forgot, I'm not married. Sorry to have wasted your time. Good luck in your new career, though!

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Or, you know, you could just be a bartender in some kind of jazz club. Kill people slowly with vodka and gin.

    ETA: And whiskey. I know John Rain loves his single malt.

    ETA2: That's how I know I could never be an assassin. I like neither interesting alcohols nor jazz. Clearly I am unsuited to a career in the murderous arts.

  • Alan

    you never hear about the real hitmen.

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    After the spouse is cleared, they go down the line of family, friends,
    coworkers, etc. Death by car crash or disease, maybe they don't look for
    a profit motive. But death under suspicious circumstances, you bet your
    ass the first two things they check are: 1) is there a sizable
    insurance payout or inheritance or some sort of financial incentive to
    cause someone's death? and 2) who gets it?

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