Federal investigators have arrested Kelly Harper, 37, after a group of journalists found her plan to hire a hit-man on the dark web.
The journalists were working on a story about the dark web when they uncovered Harper’s plot. She had allegedly given the intended victim’s name, address, phone number, description, information about his vehicle and where he worked to a person claiming to be the administrator of a murder-for-hire site.
“The target needs to be killed, he is a white 5 foot 5 male, dark brown short hair, blue eyes, weighs 165 pounds.” Harper allegedly wrote.
Harper offered $5,633 in bitcoin as payment.
The journalists then contacted the intended victim and all of them spoke to police together. The intended victim’s girlfriend filed a report with the FBI the following day.
The names of the journalists, intended victim, and person behind the website have not been revealed. The relationship between Harper and the intended victim remains unknown to the public.
Harper was arrested Friday. A search of her home “uncovered screenshots from a murder-for-hire dark web site, as well as one of the pictures (Harper) sent to the murder-for-hire site administrator.”
Harper faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of using the internet to hire someone to commit murder, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office.