An imprisoned man whose infatuation with pop star Justin Bieber has told investigators he hatched a plot to kill the singer, according to documents recently filed in a New Mexico court.
An affidavit filed in Las Cruces said Dana Martin told investigators he persuaded a man he met in prison and the man’s nephew to kill Bieber, along with Bieber’s personal bodyguard and two others not connected to the pop star.
The plot contained several gruesome details.
Investigators said the plotters wanted to castrate two of the victims with hedge clippers before traveling to New York City to find Bieber. The targets of the castration plot were not connected to Bieber, authorities said, and it does not appear that the pop singer was ever in immediate danger of falling victim to the plot.
Martin, a Vermont man who is serving two life sentences for the killing of a 15-year-old girl in 2000, said he was angry at Bieber because he did not respond to any of his letters.
“This perceived slight made Mr Martin upset and that, coupled with Mr Martin’s perception of being a ‘nobody’ in prison, led him to begin plotting the kidnap and murder of Victim 3,” court documents said.
The documents identified Victim 3 as “JB,” which New Mexico State Police spokesman Lieutenant Robert McDonald later confirmed was Justin Bieber.
Martin told investigators that Mark Staake and Tanner D Ruane headed from New Mexico to the east coast, planning to be near a Bieber concert scheduled in New York City after killing and castrating two others. However, authorities said they missed a turn and crossed into Canada from Vermont. Staake was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Ruane was arrested later.
Court documents say Martin told investigators that Bieber was the “ultimate target.” No one was killed in the alleged elaborate plot.
New York state police said on Thursday that troopers recovered tools and documents associated with the conspiracy during a search of Ruane’s vehicle.
Among the items found by troopers were a “handwritten drawing of a depiction of Justin Bieber” and documents about the intended victims in Vermont.
Staake, 41, of Albuquerque, has been charged with two counts each of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a weapon in connection to the plan.
Ruane, 23, Staake’s nephew, is also facing multiple charges related to the plot.