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7/10/2013 (2 years ago)

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21-year-old Michigan mother of two to be sentenced at end of month

A startling video show 21-year-old Julia Merfeld, a mother of two from Michigan ordering her 27-year-old husband to be killed to an undercover investigator posing as a hired killer. She cheerfully confesses she had been thinking about having him killed, because if he was dead, she wouldn't have to worry about her family's judgment or "breaking his heart." In effect, in her words, it would be "easier than divorcing him."

In a blackly comic moment, Merfeld explains that she is reluctant to stage the murder as a burglary gone awry because she is worried that it would scare off her friend, whom she wanted to move in with her after her husband's death.

In a blackly comic moment, Merfeld explains that she is reluctant to stage the murder as a burglary gone awry because she is worried that it would scare off her friend, whom she wanted to move in with her after her husband's death.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

7/10/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Julia Merfeld, hit murder, videotape, Michigan, mother, divorce

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Merfeld has since pleaded guilty to soliciting the murder of her husband following an investigation. Two videos, made in April have been released to a local newspaper by prosecutors.

Pleading guilty last month, she's jailed ahead of sentencing July 30 and is expected to face up to a life in prison.

Authorities say she wanted her husband's $400,000 life insurance policy, and promised to pay the would-be hit man $50,000 for the killing in several $9,000 installments.

Police were tipped off by her co-worker, Carlos Ramos, who said she offered him $50,000 for the hit. He called police and helped set up a meeting between Merfeld and an undercover detective posing as a prospective assassin.

Merfeld and the man she thought to be a gun-for-hire met on April 9 and 10 in his car, where both meetings were recorded on a hidden camera.

Merfeld is seen grinning while discussing the details of the hit on her husband in a detached, matter-of-fact way. "When I first decided to do this . it's not that we weren't getting along," she says on the video. "But . 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 all that stuff like this. It's, like, how I got a clean getaway."

Merfeld calmly tells the hit man that the best time to kill her husband would be on a Thursday. She is seen at one point checking the calendar on her Smartphone covered with a Batman sticker for the optimal date for the assassination.

In a blackly comic moment, Merfeld explains that she is reluctant to stage the murder as a burglary gone awry because she is worried that it would scare off her friend, whom she wanted to move in with her after her husband's death.

In the second meeting on April 10, Merfeld, sporting a Batman sweatshirt and a pair of pink sweatpants, stresses several times she wants her husband to die as painlessly as possible. She suggests the best method would be to break her husband's neck. The detective says that he would prefer to use either a gun or a knife.

Merfeld was arrested a short time later and booked into the Muskegon County Jail. Merfled's husband appealed to the judge to spare his wife any jail time. The judge decided to cap the defendant's minimum sentence to six years. She could face up to life in prison when she is sentenced July 30.   


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