Killing husband ‘easier than divorce’ says jailed woman

Divorce|Family|News|July 9th 2013

A 21 year old American woman told a undercover detective posing as a hitman that killing her husband would be “easier than divorce”.

Julia Charlene Merfeld of Muskegon in Michegan was arrested after telling the detective:

“It’s not that we weren’t getting along … terrible as it sounds, it was easier than divorcing him. You know, I didn’t have to worry about the judgment of my family. I didn’t have to worry about breaking his heart.”

During the conversation, caught on video in April, Merfeld told the officer:

“This is kind of like a clean getaway. I mean, it’s going to break my heart when it happens, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile.”

She asked him to carry out the murder of her 27 year-old husband  in the most “painless” way possible, and preferably outside their home.

“If you can get him outside, that would be great.  But if you absolutely can’t I would understand.”

Merfeld pleaded guilty to soliciting a murder and is already in jail prior to sentencing later this month, when she faces a minimum of six years behind bars.

According to a report on Opposing Views, Merfield planned to pay the hitman using her husband’s $400,000 life insurance policy. Police were alerted to the plot by a co-worker.

Merfeld and her former husband had two children, who were staying with relatives in New Jersey at the time of the planned murder.

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  1. Luke says:

    Wow, if she doesn’t get a minimum of 20 years without parole there is something wrong.

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