It was an elaborate plan to kidnap, kill and castrate teen celebrity sensation as he was performing at a concert at Madison Square Gardens. The plan was foiled by police and now the details of the alleged crimes are being released.
Dana Martin, serving time in prison in New Mexico for the rape and murder of a teenage girl was apparently obsessed with Bieber and a tattoo of the star on his leg to prove it was the mastermind behind the plot. He allegedly recruited Mark Staake, a fellow inmate, released from prison to get back at Bieber after his attempts to contact him were ignored.
Mark Staake, decided to keep the plan all in the family and recruited his nephew Tanner Ruane to help him.
In the audio tapes (which can be found at ABC News, but warning they are grisly), Martin instructs his hired guns on precisely how he wants the murder to occur, using his "signature" paisley tie, as he did in his earlier rape and murder conviction, he instructs them, "Knot it in the front once, really tight, put it in a knot. That cuts off the oxygen. And then tie it in the back again, really tight. That seals the deal."
Martin allegedly asked Ruane in one of their taped conversations, "Did he go over the Bieber thing with you?" "Nah. The way I like to work dude, I like to know as little as possible," Ruane replied. "He's gonna use one of the things you gave him, and then he's gonna take care of it." Adding, "We went and bought the hedge clippers," Ruane said. "You're gonna give me 5 large ($5,000) for each one I get."
Officials also believe Bieber was also referred to by the code name "pit bull" in some of the tapes. During one conversation Martin can be heard telling Starke, "kill the pitbulls and you're going to castrate them."
Bieber was just one of three victims discovered in the plot. However, his murder was to have special circumstances, police believe because his attempt to contact Bieber were not reciprocated and because he wanted the notice that a high profile murder could bring. The Daily Mail reports, 'This perceived slight made Mr Martin upset and, coupled with Mr Martin’s perception of being a ‘nobody’ in prison, led him to begin plotting the kidnap and murder.'
It almost sounds as if he wanted his "buddies" to get caught. That's not far from the truth. Starke and Ruane were caught at a border patrol crossing and considered suspicious. As the plan unfolded, Martin told all to officials about the plan. Could it have been for notoriety, to make a deal or to make sure that Staake and Ruanne took the fall?
While charges are being pursued against the three, officials are pursuing leads that this may not have been the only alleged kidnapping and murder attempt organized or committed by Martin, both in and out of prison.