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Woman Met a Man on Match.com, Then Allegedly Hired Hitman to Kill His Wife

Melody Sasser was charged with murder for hire after allegedly ordering up a hitman to kill the wife of a man she met on Match.com. 

By Elisabeth Ford
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A Tennessee woman has been charged with murder for hire after allegedly ordering up a hitman to take out the wife of a hiking pal she met on Match.com.

Court documents filed last month against Melody Sasser in U.S. District Court for Eastern Tennessee, and obtained by WVLT News, allege Melody Sasser paid nearly $10,000 in Bitcoin through the dark web site Online Killers Market to kill the Prattville, Alabama-area wife of her hiking partner. The spouse is identified in the filing only as JW.

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The website offers hitmen for hire as well as “hacking, kidnapping, extortion, disfigurement by acid attack, and sexual violence,” WVLT reported, citing the complaint. Sasser allegedly made the payment on the website on Jan. 11 under the username “cattree.”

Officials say Sasser revealed the name of the target to Online Killers Market, along with an address and a description saying, “it needs to seem random or accident. Or plant drugs, do not want a long investigation. She recently moved in with her new husband,” according to NBC News. Sasser also allegedly uploaded a photo of JW to the website.

When authorities informed the intended victim of the threat, she said her husband, who is identified as DW in the filing, and Sasser were hiking friends and that Sasser helped her husband with his Appalachian Trail hike. The help consisted of making hostel and rest point reservations as well as watching his vehicle while he was away, NBC News reported. After DW told Sasser he was engaged to be married, Sasser allegedly reacted by telling him, “I hope you both fall off a cliff and die," according to a May affidavit. 

Sasser was also accused of harassing the couple, leaving threatening voicemails on JW’s phone, court documents detailed, as well as stalking the couple through the fitness app Strava, which shared their location data through smartwatches. The filing revealed that the threatening calls ultimately helped the intended victim’s husband identify Sasser as a suspect.

JW also reported that her car appeared to have been keyed, according to NBC News.

Sasser later complained to Online Killers Market about the hit job not being done, messaging the dark web site several times of her frustration.

Sasser, under the username “cattree,” wrote in a message, “i have waited for 2 months and 11 days and the job is not completed,” according to WVLT.

She added, “2 weeks ago you said it was been worked on and would be done in a week. the job is still not done. does it need to be assigned to someone else. will it be done. what is the delay. when will it be done, [SIC].”

Sasser was arrested May 18 and will next appear in court on Thursday, NBC reported.

If convicted, Sasser faces up to a decade in prison.