Detectives labored over the staged scene of Scott Mills' murder. It needed to fool Sheila Mills into believing her husband was dead. Lt. Shannon Mack made the fake blood from corn syrup, food coloring and flour.
After the sting operation, Linda and Det. Kerwin became unlikely friends. "He can't get away from me," Linda says. Kerwin says that if more people in rougher neighborhoods would step out and speak up like Linda did, the city would be safer.
While detectives watched, Linda met Manny to discuss the hit. Their meeting was joined unexpectedly, however, by someone called "Axeman." Linda says that he looked at her in a way that made her suspect he might kill her once she completed the ostensible hit.
People tended to think Linda McNeil was "tough" or "hard." She was taken aback, though, when Joseph "Manny" White gave her a call asking her to kill his wife. He could do it himself, he said, but needed a woman for the job.
Linda was uncomfortable with the way Manny was describing how he wanted his wife "cut up" — and with following him down an alley while police were surveilling. But, she didn't have a choice, and police were left eyeless for a time.
Frank Robinson got a call from Sunny telling him she wanted to call everything off. Frank and authorities worried that Sunny might go somewhere else for the hit, "checkmating" Butch. Frank takes action.
Authorities explain how Wood County, West Virginia, is one of the hardest hit places in the U.S. by the opioid epidemic. Families are being decimated, and "It gets more challenging every day," a former sheriff says.
Agents Doug Hurley and Matt Allers talk about the work that goes into going undercover. Knowing a person's priors, their build and more can help make an undercover feel more comfortable in a tense situation, they say.
Ron Robi has a criminal past he calls "more than colorful." Still, even with a background like his and a culture opposed to snitching, he interceded when Justin DeWitt told him his plans. Robi says he has been "remaking" himself.
Ron brought Justin DeWitt's murder for hire plot to police despite his bad relationship with North Liberty law enforcement. The fact that he spoke with a relatively new detective helped, he said. Still, police would need some sort of verification if they were to trust Robi.