Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cold Blooded

A South Florida woman was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly hiring an undercover police officer to kill her husband of six months, authorities said. She thought she was going to get away with the perfect crime; instead she got flat cold ass busted.

Dalia Dippolito, 26, was charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder and taken to the Palm Beach County jail. Dippolito is currently out on bond.

Dippolito gave an informant (who turned out to be her boyfriend and wanted no part of the scheme), pictures of her husband, 38-year-old Michael Dippolito, and $1,200 for a hit man to purchase a handgun, according to a probable cause affidavit. She also offered to create an alibi for herself and detailed her husband's daily schedule.

An undercover officer posing as a hit man called Dippolito on Monday afternoon and arranged a meeting. The officer asked for $3,000 in cash and a key to the couple's home. The undercover officer later met Dippolito in a CVS parking lot and asked if she was sure she wanted her husband killed.

She laughed, according to the affidavit, and said: "I will be very happy."

Dippolito discussed getaway routes, her home's security system, the location of her husband on Wednesday and the fee for the task, and the officer again asked if the woman was sure. "I'm not going to change my mind," she responded, according to the documents. "I am 5,000 percent sure I want it done. When I set my mind to something, I get it done."

Authorities staged an elaborate crime scene outside the Dippolito home on Wednesday morning, complete with yellow crime tape and several police vehicles.

"The bottom line is, we wanted her to believe without question that when she arrived that her husband was dead," Slater said.

Officers then contacted Dippolito at her L.A. Fitness gym and told the real estate agent to come to the house. When an officer told Dippolito that her husband was dead, she broke down in hysterics, a video of the operation shows (and you can check the video out above).

Dippolito was then taken to the Boynton Beach Police Department, where she was told of the investigation and arrested. Michael Dippolito, who was informed of the case Wednesday morning, was also at the police department, as was the undercover officer who Dalia Dippolito believed was going to kill her husband, according to a police news release. On July 31, Michael Dippolito, 38, transferred the deed to the home the couple shared solely to his soon to be ex-wife's name to "protect his assets," his attorney Michael Entin said.

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