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Tennessee Woman Placed Ad For Hitman To Kill New Wife Of Hiking Buddy She Met On Match.com

Knoxville, TN – Federal prosecutors have charged a Tennessee woman with murder-for-hire after she tried to hire a hitman to kill her former boyfriend’s new wife.

The criminal complaint filed in federal court on May 11 said that a foreign law enforcement agency reached out to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on April 27 to report that 47-year-old Melody Sasser had been trying to hire a hitman to kill David Wallace’s wife, Jennifer, WATE reported.

The complaint alleged Sasser went on the now-defunct dark web site “Online Killers Market” and placed on a “order for murder” to knock out her competition.

Charging documents said Sasser provided the would-be killer with descriptions of Jennifer and David Wallace and their home and work addresses, WATE reported.

“It needs to seem random or accident. Or plant drugs, do not want a long investigation,” Sasser wrote, according to the complaint.

Prosecutors said Sasser and David Wallace became friends and hiking partners in 2020 while he lived in Tennessee after they met on the dating app, Match.com, WATE reported.

It’s not clear whether their relationship ever became romantic, according to the New York Post.

But investigators said it was clear that Sasser was not happy when David Wallace began a relationship with another woman he met online, and ultimately got engaged to her.

When David Wallace moved to Prattville, Alabama with his then-fiance, Jennifer, the complaint said the relationship between him and Sasser went bad, The Washington Post reported.

Sasser was enraged and tracked them down to confront them in person, the New York Post reported.

She allegedly exploded when David Wallace told Sasser that he planned to marry Jennifer.

“I hope you fall off a cliff and die,” Sasser told him, according to the court documents.

Prosecutors said Sasser started using the Online Killers Market website in December of 2022 to find a hitman and paid about $9,750 in bitcoin to have the job done the way she wanted it, the New York Post reported.

She vented on the site that nobody had taken her job fast enough and even complained to the site administrator, according to the complaint.

“Waiting for 2 months and 11 days and the work is not done. 2 weeks ago you said that on this The work has been done and will be completed in a week,” Sasser wrote, using the name “cattree,” on March 22. “The work is still not completed. Does it need to be assigned to someone else. Will it be done. What is the delay, when will it be done.”

She was told nobody wanted to do the hit because it “was too risky” so Sasser began posting info about her victim’s routes and whereabouts from the Strava workout app that tracked her to show it could be done, the New York Post reported.

Federal investigators determined that the information Sasser posted was “100% accurate” and said she also posted a picture of Jennifer “to ensure she could be positively identified by the assigned ‘hitman,’” The Washington Post reported.

Court documents said that investigators followed the money from cattree’s bitcoin account linked it back to Sasser.

Investigators also came up with two pictures that showed Sasser’s vehicle parked near Jennifer’s Alabama office twice in November of 2022, the New York Post reported.

Homeland Security agents alerted the Prattville police of the threat to Jennifer Wallace, The Washington Post reported.

Police learned that someone had gashed both sides of Jennifer’s vehicle and she had been receiving “unpleasant phone calls” from disguised numbers.

Police arrested Sasser on May 18 and charged her with murder-for-hire in federal court.

She is scheduled for arraignment on June 8.

If convicted, the environmental compliance specialist is facing up to 10 years in prison, the New York Post reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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