Police have taken two Albuquerque, New Mexico men into custody alleging that they were plotting to murder and mutilate teenage pop singer Justin Bieber and three other people. According to Albuquerque's KQRE, the men had even gone so far as to specify what kind of tie should be used to strangle the victims.
Mark Staake, 41, and his nephew Tanner Ruane, 23, were hired by convicted killer Dana Martin, 45, to kill Bieber and three former acquaintances of Martin's, only to be caught and arrested when Martin apparently changed his mind and informed authorities about the plot.
Staake met Martin in New Mexico's state prison at Las Cruces. Martin was serving two life sentences for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in Vermont in 2000. Martin, who is reportedly obsessed with Bieber and has a tattoo of the Canadian teen idol on his leg, recruited Staake, who in turn recruited his nephew for a multi-state killing spree.
Martin instructed Staake and Ruane to begin by murdering two or Martin's former associates in Vermont. Martin gave strict instructions that the stranglings were to be done with a paisley tie, which he considered to be a kind of calling card. Once they were dead, he ordered that the victims be castrated with garden shears.
The same fate was to visited upon Bieber and his bodyguard, but Martin apparently got cold feet and alerted authorities, who took Staake into custody in Vermont on the strength of multiple outstanding warrants. Ruane was questioned, but released, then arrested again in New York City after police recorded calls between him and Martin in which he expressed his regret that he was unable to carry out the murders.
Ruane was carrying weapons and a pair of garden shears when police caught up with him.
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