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N.M. men were hired to castrate and kill Justin Bieber




Two Albuquerque men arrested in a far-reaching plot to murder four people had their eye on castrating and strangling Justin Bieber, police say, but were turned in by the man who had the idea for the attack, New Mexico TV station KRQE reports. We're talking pruning shears here, people.

The station says Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane planned to grab Bieber in New York a few weeks ago, tie him up, castrate him with the yard tool and strangle him. (The New York Daily News points out affidavits don't specifically mention Biber being castrated, but they do note the men were offered $2,500 per testicle.) Bieber's bodyguard also was a target in the attack.

Staake and Ruane allegedly were working under the direction of Dana Martin, a convicted killer whom they met at a prison in Las Cruces, where Martin was serving two life sentences for raping and strangling a 15-year-old Vermont girl. Martin allegedly came up with the plan, directing Staake and later Ruane to kill Bieber and his bodyguard, and also two witnesses in Martin's 12-year-old rape and murder case.

Martin allegedly hired the pair to strangle the victims with a paisley tie, as Martin liked to do, but Ruane was in charge of castrating them first. But for some reason, Martin turned in his henchmen for some unknown reason. KRQE did say that Martin, 45, is apparently obsessed with the singer, and has a tattoo of him on his leg. Oooookaaaay.

Staake was arrested in Vermont in late November on outstanding warrants, but Ruane was let go. The genius then called Martin to tell him he was disappointed they couldn't kill the quartet. Ruane was caught by cops in New York, carrying what KRQE called "murder tools and pruning shears." We really wonder what murder tools are, and whether you get those at a store or have to send away.

Bieber's manager Scooter Braun told Us Weekly in a release, ""We take every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans." Sounds like the Biebs has at least two good reasons to thank cops in Vermont and New York.

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[Last modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 5:53pm]


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