Woman Charged For Craigslist Killer Ad

    February 8, 2008

A Michigan woman has been charged with using classified advertising Web site Craigslist to hire a contract killer to murder a romantic rival.

The job title was listed as "freelance" and offered $5,000. Investigators say Ann Marie Linscott posted two ads on the site in November and had three responses from people who thought it was an ad for a freelance writer.

In emails Linscott, 48, informed the would be writers that she was looking for "silent assassins" to "eradicate" a 56-year-old Oroville Calif., woman named "Carol", according to the FBI. Linscott had been having an affair with the woman’s husband who she met online a number of years ago while taking an online college course.

Linscott used the moniker "bourne2run" as part of her email address. A California grand jury brought murder-for hire-charges against Linscott, who is now looking at up to 30 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for her ad. She was arrested in Grand Rapids, Mich on January 24.