Man Arranges Wife's Murder Before Domestic Violence Trial
In 2004, two men broke into the Girgis family’s Westminster home and stabbed Ariet Girgis to death, almost decapitating her.
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A ruthless criminal goes from fraud to murder as he plots a gruesome revenge on the judicial system. This too-close-to-home plot strikes a personal cord with detectives as they work to prevent their friend and colleague from being murdered.
Murder for Hire Bonus: How Orange County Prosecutors and Investigators Work Together
Former deputy defense attorney Sonia Balleste recalls what it was like working on criminal cases in Orange County, California. Detective James Wilson from the Westminster Police Department recalls Balleste as being a heavily involved collaborator and investigator. The two worked together while investigating the murder Ariet Girgis, whose killing was arranged by her husband, Magdi Girgis.
Murder for Hire Bonus: Remembering Ariet Girgis
Richard and Ryan Girgis remember their mother, Ariet Girgis, who was murdered in a contract killing arranged by their father, Magdi Girgis. A decade after Ariet was stabbed to death in her Westminster, California, home, Magdi was convicted of murder with special circumstances and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Murder for Hire Bonus: Long Beach Police Officers Go Undercover
Former detective Victor Thrash from the Long Beach Police Department discusses his undercover role while investigating Magdi Girgis. Magdi was believed to have arranged the murder of his late wife, Ariet Girgis, in 2004. Two unidentified African American men had broken into the Girgis' home in Westminster, California, and stabbed Ariet to death. At the time of her murder, Magdi was awaiting trail for a domestic violence case involving his wife.
Counselor Orders 'Hitman' To Gun Down Ex-Husband
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Murder for Hire: The Marriage of Ariet and Magdi Girgis
Brothers Ryan and Richard Girgis reflect on the marriage of their parents, Ariet and Magdi Girgis. Ariet was stabbed to death at the family's home in Westminster, California, on September 24, 2004. Two unidentified men had broken in, tied up Ryan and then attacked Ariet. It took almost 10 years before the case was solved.
Murder for Hire: Ryan Girgis Calls 911
On September 24, 2004, Ryan Girgis calls 911 to report a break-in at his family's home in Westminster, California. Two unidentified men had tied him up, and once Ryan heard them leave, he was able to escape. His mother, Ariet Girgis, was upstairs alone. Ryan then calls his older brother, Richard Girgis, to tell him what happened.
Inmate Plots To Mutilate, Behead Judge And Prosecutor
After Joseph Romano was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his million-dollar coin fraud operation, he began plotting his revenge on Judge Joseph Bianco and prosecutor Lara Treinis Gatz.
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Dive into the shocking world of contract killings.
Murder for Hire Bonus: Going Undercover In Joseph Romano Investigation
Investigators discuss going undercover in the Joseph Romano investigation. Romano was attempting to hire a hitman to murder Judge Joseph Bianco and prosecutor Lara Treinis Gatz, who had helped put Romano behind bars for his fraudulent coin operation. Between 2001 and 2008, Romano and his sales team had defrauded more than 1,000 victims.
Murder for Hire Bonus: Joseph Romano's Fraudulent Coin Operation
Investigators discuss Joseph Romano's fraudulent coin operation, in which he and his sales team convinced more than 1,000 victims to purchase low-quality collectible coins. Romano earned an estimated total of $30 million, and he was later sentenced to 15 years in prison for his coin fraud operation.
Murder for Hire Bonus: Prosecutor Lara Treinis Gatz
Assistant US Attorney Lara Treinis Gatz discusses her path to becoming a federal prosecutor. Gatz prosecuted Joseph Romano, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his coin fraud operation. In 2012, the fraudster was behind bars and attempted to put a hit on our Gatz as well as Judge Joseph Bianco.