US police have uncovered a plot by three men to capture, castrate and murder Canadian teen pop sensation Justin Bieber and his bodyguard – with ‘a bounty set at $2,500 for each testicle’.
A man who is serving 978 years in prison for rape and murder is alleged to have hired two other men from New Mexico to abduct Bieber while he was in New York for concerts last month.
The convicted murderer, Dana Martin, is alleged to have incited Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane to carry out the murder with a neck tie, according to Alberquerque-based news service KRQE-TV.
The pair were alleged to have been asked by Staake to carry out “the murder and castration of Bieber and is bodyguard” according to police
Martin, who has a tattoo of Bieber on his leg, is believed to be obsessed with the 18-year-old Canadian singer. Police claim Staake and Martin met and hatched the plot in Las Cruces prison, New Mexico.
The two suspects are now in police custody after Staake was arrested in Vermont on outstanding warrants and Ruane was picked up after “murder tools” and garden shears were found in his car.
The plot was uncovered after police reportedly intercepted telephone calls between the men. One of the calls was reportedly from Ruane to Martin expressing disappointment that the plan had failed.
Martin is alleged to have confessed everything to officials and to have given the names of Staake and Ruane to police.
Bizarre details include Martin’s insistence that the neck tie used to strangle Bieber should be a paisley pattern. The Toronto Star, which claims to have seen an affidavit for an arrest from New Mexico State Police, reported that the duo was set to receive a bounty of $2,500 for each severed testicle.
“Martin stated that a paisley tie needed to be used because that was what he (Mr. Martin) had used previously,” the affidavit read.
Scooter Braun, Bieber's manager, issued a statement to US Weekly, saying, "We take every precaution to protect and insure [sic] the safety of Justin and his fans."
Bieber played at Madison Square Gardens, New York on 28 and 29 November.
Martin is serving consecutive life sentences for murders committed in Vermont twelve years ago. In that case, police told The Associated Press the strangling of a 15-year-old girl was a “case of jealousy”.