Crimes of passion are usually committed by the people closest to us because it evokes the strongest types of emotions like jealousy or utter hatred.
This is the exact thing that happened to a 42-year-old American husband who planned to kill his Filipina wife and their daughter for an insurance policy. Jeff Lytle, a man who hailed from Monroe, Washington, even hired a hitman to do the deed.
But his plan backfired when the text message he was supposed to send to the guy, was sent to his former boss’ cell phone instead. Lytle texted Shayne—-the hitman-—and even claimed to give him $1.5 million of the insurance if he did his job right.
Here’s what the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office gathered from Lytle’s series of text messages:
“Hey Shayne hows it going. You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife. I’m going to take you up on that offer.”
“– life insurance is worth 1 million and if you want a bounes (bonus) you can kill [JL]. Her life insurance is 500K.”
“—if you can make it look like a robbery gone wrong or make it an accident she works at Walmart she gets off at 11:00.”
“I’ll split everything with the insurance 50/50”
Well, those text messages got sent to Lytle’s former boss instead. The latter, utterly disturbed and alarmed by this, immediately reported it to the authorities.
Lytle’s wife was Rhoda Mee Funtanilla Lytle who hailed from Abra, Philippines. They have a four-year-old daughter. Her husband, meanwhile, has been taken into custody and is now facing cases “criminal solicitation for murder in the first degree” and “domestic violence.”
Lytle admitted to sending the dark text messages but didn’t own up to the fact that it was his intention to sent it to his former boss—-or any other person, in particular. He said that it’s just his mechanism to “help him vent.”
In another statement, Lytle declared that it might be their daughter who was sending those text messages, and not him. The prosecutors, of course, refused to believe in his alibis and stood by their belief that it was really him who sent the messages.
Shocking! What do you think about this case? If you have a husband like this this, what will you do? Tell us in the comments section below!