A woman from Tampa, Florida whose murderous desires led her to a fake assassin-for-hire site on the darknet pleaded guilty yesterday to charges related to arranging the death of her ex-boyfriend’s wife. DeAnna Stimpson, a 50-year-old accountant and local church organizer, admitted to hiring what she thought was a hitman on the dark web to commit the murder in exchange for Bitcoin sent directly from her crypto exchange wallet.
Stimpson was arrested at home in September of last year by what reporters described as “an army of federal agents,” for a crime that has played out similarly several times in recent past. She was charged with solicitation to commit a crime of violence and murder for hire after investigators confirmed she had sent BTC to a scammer-operated darknet site in hopes of hiring a hitman.
Stimpson first registered an account on the scam hitman site on June 24, 2021. The next day, she placed her request and provided the name and address of the intended target, along with a picture. After receiving the BTC payment and Stimpson’s preferences on how to perform the “quick hit in southern Florida”, the operator of the phony website contacted an unnamed “media source” with information pertaining to the would-be crime. The media source then passed the information on to authorities in the US, who began conducting their investigation.
Stimpson had sent more than $12,300 in BTC to the fake site operator by the end of July across several different payments, hoping with each one to spur the fake assassin into completing their end of the deal. On July 31st, dismayed by having fallen out of contact with the ‘hitman’ she had been assigned, Stimpson sent the operator a message requesting they “reassign the job to someone who has a history of getting jobs done.”
In August, authorities in the US took staged photographs of the intended victim while pretending to be the new assassin assigned to her job. They then sent the photos to Stimpson to confirm if it was indeed the target. After Stimpson acknowledged they were correct, the agents then requested she send an additional $350 in Bitcoin for the purchase of revolver with which the job would be completed. Stimpson agreed, sending funds on Sept 13th which were then traced back to a US cryptocurrency exchange. Federal investigators then confirmed the identity of Stimpson with the help of the exchange, leading to her arrest ten days later.