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    TX - Police stage murders to catch couple who hired hitman - Feb 2017

    I thought this was an interesting case. Woman divorces husband and meets new partner. Together they conspire to hire a hitman to kill their respective exes. But it was a sting, they got rumbled, and were due in court this week.

    The woman, a respected vet, had been released on $50k bail but threw herself off a 7 storey balcony yesterday.

    What I find most interesting about this case is this bit:

    After McDaniel and Jacob contacted the officer who was posing as a hitman, police went to elaborate lengths to arrest them. Indeed, they staged the murders with the intended victims' help to see if McDaniel and Jacob would pay for it.

    Both their exes posed for mock crime-scene photographs pretending to be dead and they were delivered to the suspects as proof of their murders by the undercover cop/hitman. Jacob's ex-girlfriend pretended to have been kidnapped, gagged and murdered while McDaniel's ex-husband posed as though he'd been shot in a carjacking.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4ccW619nu

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    A prominent Montrose veterinarian accused of making an intricate murder-for-hire plot to kill her ex-husband killed herself Monday morning by jumping from her seventh-floor condo in west Houston, authorities said.

    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...n-11030747.php

    The lifeless body of Valerie Busick McDaniel, 48, was found near the swimming pool of the condo in the late morning. She had moved into the upscale Willowick condo in 2015 during contentious divorce proceedings and was living there after posting bond on solicitation-of-murder charges.

    http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news...y-11031907.php
    What goes on beneath the surface of someone's life is often little known to the outside world.


    Now that Valerie Busick McDaniel has died while awaiting trial on charges that she and her boyfriend tried to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband, there are things the public may never find out.

    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...r-11031254.php

    Friends and customers of a prominent Montrose veterinarian were stunned earlier this month when she was arrested and accused of trying to arrange the killing of her ex-husband. They were shocked again Monday when she apparently leaped to her death from the seventh-floor patio of a River Oaks condominium where she lived.

    http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news...y-11031907.php
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    Tragic. I'm curious how this sting got started. There must have been a reason LE set this up. Was there already some indication that these two planned to kill their previous partners? I'm sure LE doesn't just randomly go around trying to trap innocent people into arranging murders. I hope the rest of the story comes out at the bf's trial or before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilibet View Post
    Tragic. I'm curious how this sting got started. There must have been a reason LE set this up. Was there already some indication that these two planned to kill their previous partners? I'm sure LE doesn't just randomly go around trying to trap innocent people into arranging murders. I hope the rest of the story comes out at the bf's trial or before.
    I cant say about this case but what usually happens is someone they may have contacted to do the hit reported it to police. Then the police will come in and pretend they are the hit man they are looking for that can carry the murder plot out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilibet View Post
    Tragic. I'm curious how this sting got started. There must have been a reason LE set this up. Was there already some indication that these two planned to kill their previous partners? I'm sure LE doesn't just randomly go around trying to trap innocent people into arranging murders. I hope the rest of the story comes out at the bf's trial or before.
    From that DM article:

    Jacob allegedly wanted his former partner killed to stop her from testifying against him in court where he was already facing stalking charges filed by her before their break-up. She said he assaulted her in January and continued to contact her until he was eventually arrested on February 6.

    Before returning to court, he solicited an associate to help him find a hit man. That associate is a confidential informant and told police who asked him to arrange a meeting.

    They met in an Olive Garden restaurant by the side of the speedway to plot the killing, Harris County District's Attorney's office told DailyMail.com. McDaniel attended it too to ask the man if he would also kill her ex-husband. Her reasons were not clear.

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    did I read the co defendant was also a doctor ? Bizarre case

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    Wow, that is very interesting that the police went to elaborate lengths by staging the intended victims' murders! I think it contributed to the shock that McDaniel and Jacob felt when they were caught because I am sure they would not have thought police would take it so far. Excellent job to the police!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarobunz View Post
    Wow, that is very interesting that the police went to elaborate lengths by staging the intended victims' murders! I think it contributed to the shock that McDaniel and Jacob felt when they were caught because I am sure they would not have thought police would take it so far. Excellent job to the police!
    I'm sure the police do things like this regularly but can you imagine the call?

    "Hi, your ex is trying to kill you, you just need to come down to the station, put some gory make up on and pretend you're dead, and we'll catch those baddies. Y'ok with that?"

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    Wish I had the opportunity to meet her, if she had asked I could have helped her beat the rap, so sad

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzychick View Post
    Wish I had the opportunity to meet her, if she had asked I could have helped her beat the rap, so sad
    Why in the world would you want to help a person who tried to kill their spouse??


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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzychick View Post
    Wish I had the opportunity to meet her, if she had asked I could have helped her beat the rap, so sad
    ???????

    Why in the world would anyone want to help anyone when they plotted and planned to carryout a heinous murder?

    How could you help her 'beat the rap' and why would you even think of doing that or even want to protect anyone who plotted to murder another human being?

    And if I may ask, how do you know anything about 'beating the rap' for anyone who hired a hit man to carryout a murder plot?

    Honestly, your post gives me chills for some reason.

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    because I think that boyfriend of her's influenced her during a stressful time in her life, no telling what went down, I do know it was him who just filed Cpt 7 BK and his issue with stalking his last girlfriend etc etc from all that has been said about her, she was a lovely person with an excellent reputation, that is why

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzychick View Post
    because I think that boyfriend of her's influenced her during a stressful time in her life, no telling what went down, I do know it was him who just filed Cpt 7 BK and his issue with stalking his last girlfriend etc etc from all that has been said about her, she was a lovely person with an excellent reputation, that is why
    She was a lovely person with an excellent reputation? For goodness sakes she hammered out details at the local Olive Garden and probably over dinner. She wanted them to make it look like a carjacking. Then after she's shown the fake photo of her dead husband she hands over the money and her Cartier watch.

    Seriously, lovely people don't put hits on their spouses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BayouBelle_LA View Post
    She was a lovely person with an excellent reputation? For goodness sakes she hammered out details at the local Olive Garden and probably over dinner. She wanted them to make it look like a carjacking. Then after she's shown the fake photo of her dead husband she hands over the money and her Cartier watch.

    Seriously, lovely people don't put hits on their spouses.
    how do we know where this hit man / cop came from ? It was the boyfriend's idea to get this hit man. We still dont know the story and all the news reports are saying she was a wonderful person, I lay blame on the idiot boyfriend who got this cop in the 1st place. What I would like to know is how did this cop get involved? Do you think they called 911 and asked for a hit man? Nope there is a lot more to this story and the boyfriend is the key to that. My guess is he talked her into it and we dont know who said what yet but from what I have seen so far it was his deal and he later dragged her into it

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    McDaniel is the daughter of Carole Ann Busick, a Houston psychologist who pleaded guilty to tampering with mental health evaluations for peace officer candidates, a problem that left more than a dozen police agencies in the Houston area scrambling to retest officers to ensure they were fit for duty.

    Busick, and her husband, licensed professional counselor Don Busick, who is identified in court records as McDaniel's father, were sentenced to 10 years probation. The Busicks relinquished their professional licenses and retired from their practice, according to the plea deal reached with Harris County prosecutors.

    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...r-10997966.php

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