An Oklahoma woman is accused of posting an ad on Craigslist to pay someone to travel to Israel and poison her ex with ricin, according to a Department of Justice release. Danielle Dana Layman, 37, allegedly posted an ad for a “10 day gig overseas" and according to an arrest affidavit obtained by ABC, the Craigslist ad read, “For production overseas, looking for talent, 30-45 years old. Doesn’t have to be a professional actor. Required: Creative, outgoing and friendly, positive personality, boldness and bravery (some stunts may seem risky, although they are completely safe).”
A person responded to the ad and met Layman at a coffee shop in May. At the cafe, Layman allegedly explained the poisoning plot in a PowerPoint presentation called “Operation Insecticide,” according to the affidavit. Layman was allegedly offering $4,000 plus expenses to the person who could locate Layman’s taxi driver ex-husband in Israel and arrange to receive rides from him every day for a week, according to KFOR.
"I was scared from the beginning because right during the meeting, she said if you tell anybody, then we're both going to be dead,” said Tinsley Keefe in an NBC affiliate interview.
The instructions allegedly stated, “Prepare 2 cups of coffee. Add powder to one of them. As your mark arrives at your hostel to pick you up in the morning, offer him a cup of coffee. Repeat every morning and monitor the driver’s health. Report if he starts showing signs of illness, if he is vomiting, and if he fails to come pick you up at the hostel,” according to PEOPLE.
"This was not about killing an ex-husband. You were going out to kill ISIS because this guy was transporting weapons,” Keefe said she was told.
The instructions claimed that the powder was not a drug. Instead, it argued it was a religious relic. Allegedly, the powder was ricin, a hazardous substance made from castor beans.
According to the affidavit, Keefe contacted the FBI after their meeting. In June, On June 30, the FBI executed a search warrant, and found castor beans in Layman’s kitchen. Instructions on how to make ricin were also found.
The affidavit alleges that Layman had been in a custody battle with her ex.
If convicted, she could be sentenced to ten years in prison.