Scott Quinn Berkett, 24, from California, was arrested on Friday after allegedly having paid $17,000 (0.43 Bitcoin) to a hitman from the dark web for a murder-for-hire order to kill his ex-girlfriend. He briefly dated the woman and actually didn’t even really know here at all but decided to have her killed after she tried to break off the essentially nonexistent relationship with him according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
A Brief Romance
According to court documents Mr Berkett met the woman online last year. After having talked for a while the woman decided to fly to Los Angeles so the two could meet in person. The woman claimed he got “sexually aggressive” multiple times while they were dating instigating here to cut off their brief romance after the trip.
A relative of the woman found out that Berkett was still trying to contact her in April and decided to contact his father via a text message. Berket apparently responded to the woman, later that month by saying “consider this matter closed.”
Berkett instead chose to contact a group hw found on the dark web who were advertising with murder-for-hire services. After Berkett contacted them a member of the group then contacted a still unknown media outlet who provided the information to the FBI. The info provided to the FBI included messages from Beckett and documentation of payments.
“I’d like it to look like an accident, but robbery gone wrong may work better,”
“So long as she is dead. I’d also like for her phone to be retrieved and destroyed irreparably in the process.”
“I would like proof of her death sent to me,”
“She has a distinctive tattoo on one of her forearms that I know the image of, so a photo of her corpse and a photo of her tattoo for identification would work.”
Paying the FBI ?!
Berkett, an engineer by trade and education had already sent most of the fee for killing his ex-fling, thousands of dollars in Bitcoin to the group he originally contacted. They took his money before contacting the FBI though the unnamed media outlet. Information provided to the FBI included:
The information clear described specifics about the identity and the location of the victim as well as several social media account, online nicknames, email addresses and a description of a very distinctive tattoo the victim was supposed to have.
After the information was provided to the FBI an undercover agent contacted Berkett and sent along a photo of the woman in question. Berkett then confirmed the target and allegedly sent $1000 worth in Bitcoin to the undercover FBI agent posing as a hitman after the details had been discussed and a time had been arranged.
Berkett is currently scheduled to be arraigned on May 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
If he will be convicted, he faces a maximum 10 years in prison.