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Alaska woman kills 'best friend' after man promised her USD 9 million for murder videos

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 21 February 2023, 12:20 IST
Alaska woman kills 'best friend' after man promised her USD 9 million.

A woman from Alaska admitted to murdering her "best friend" following a man she met online offered USD 9 million to kill someone, as per a report in People Magazine. Twenty-two-year-old Denali Brehmer killed Cynthia Hoffman, aged 19, in 2019 and agreed to plead guilty on Wednesday, the outlet further said.

The case was probed by the Anchorage Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of multiple other State and federal law enforcement agencies, the Alaska Department of Law said in a statement.

Cynthia Hoffman had disabilities and her friend pleaded guilty in exchange for having five other charges against her dropped, as per local television channel KTUU.

"She was charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, solicitation to commit murder in the first degree, two different theories of murder in the second degree, and tampering with evidence," State Prosecutor Patrick McKay was quoted as saying by KTUU.

Cynthia Hoffman had gone missing during a hike in June 2019 with Denali Brehmer and another friend at Alaska’s Thunderbird Falls. Her dead body was discovered two days later on the banks of Eklutna River, bound with duct tape and shot in the back of the head, People said in its report.

According to investigators, Ms Brehmer was 18 at the time of the murder and carried out the crime after meeting a man online who said his name was "Tyler".

Investigators found that "Tyler" and Ms Brehmer started a relationship and planned various crimes, which included the "rape and murder of someone in Alaska," as per NBC News reported.

It later turned out that he was catfishing Mr Brehmer, acting to be a millionaire from Kansas and offering her USD 9 million to record a video of the killing of a person in Alaska, the investigators further said.

They later discovered that the man was actually named Darin Schilmiller, who lived in Indiana.

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First published: 20 February 2023, 18:50 IST