Israeli woman living in Oklahoma offers to pay for hit on ex-husband


(JTA) — An Israeli woman living in Oklahoma offered to pay $4,000 to have her ex-husband in Israel killed.

Danielle Dana Layman of Ponca City, Oklahoma, posted the job for a “discrete” actor on Craigslist, calling it a “10 day gig overseas for amateur, competitive pay!” The job requirements listed also included a “creative, outgoing and friendly, positive personality” and “boldness and bravery,” the Oklahoman newspaper reported.

A person who responded to the ad in May called the FBI. She said Layman, using the name Samantha Dowry, offered $4,000 in cash, plus $1,000 for expenses, to poison her ex-husband, a taxi driver, and gave her a baggie of ricin to be used in the plot, the Oklahoman reported, citing a federal affidavit.

Layman was arrested at her home on Friday and was charged Saturday in Oklahoma City federal court with using the internet to solicit murder.


During a search of her home, printed instructions on how to make the poison ricin were found on her counter, as were the ingredients and implements needed.

Layman moved to the United States in 2007. She married her second husband in 2010. In 2014, while Layman was on a visit to Israel with her 13-year-old daughter, her ex-husband turned to a rabbinical court seeking visitation rights. He is identified as Shahar Abecassis. The court barred the daughter from leaving the country, but her mother managed to get her on a flight out of Israel to the United States.

Layman, who currently I o could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of  $250,000.


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