US police foil plot to kill, castrate Justin Bieber


Justin Bieber. AP

WASHINGTON—US police have foiled a plot to kill teen pop idol Justin Bieber and possibly castrate him with pruning shears, with the alleged killer promised $2,500 per testicle, legal documents revealed Thursday.

Mark Staake, 41, and his nephew, Tanner Ruane, were arrested in Vermont and New York last month and face charges in New Mexico of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The pair were allegedly plotting to strangle two victims and castrate them with pruning shears, but a convicted killer who is serving life in prison told police that the “ultimate” target was Bieber, who was performing in New York.

“Through follow-up investigation it was discovered that Justin Bieber may have also been a target of the murder plot,” said a statement by New Mexico’s Department of Public Safety.

An affidavit detailed the grisly plot, including the brand of pruning shears and how the testicles would be transported after the planned murders of two male victims in the northeastern state of Vermont.

Staake and Ruane arrived in Vermont by car on November 19 planning to kill their victims — identified only as P.L. and M.S., and referred to as “dogs” — by strangling them with a necktie, the affidavit said.

Dana Martin, who was jailed for life for a 2000 murder in Vermont and who had met Staake in jail in New Mexico, allegedly recruited Staake to carry out the murders. Staake then asked his nephew to help.

In a telephone call Martin — who is allegedly infatuated with Bieber — asked Staake what he was going to use to castrate the victims.

“Mr Ruane stated that he had brought a pair of hand(held) hedge clippers,” adding that he expected to be paid “five large” — $2,500 — for each testicle he got, said the affidavit, which said the shears were made by Durasharp.

“Mr Martin asked if they had bags to put the testicles in, and Mr Ruane stated that he had something. Mr Martin suggested hiding them somewhere, such as the engine compartment… to avoid detection should they get pulled over.”

Martin, who had a tattoo of Bieber on his leg and had tried to contact the singer repeatedly without success, subsequently told police that P.L. and M.S. “were not the ultimate targets in the plot.

“Mr Martin indicated that their ultimate target was J.B.,” said the affidavit, adding that, when police searched the car they found a pair of Fiskar Durasharp pruning shears and information on their intended victims.

Staake and Ruane are currently awaiting extradition to New Mexico, officials said.

The 18-year-old Canadian star’s managers said they took Bieber’s safety seriously. “We take every precaution to protect and ensure the safety of Justin and his fans,” a management official told AFP in an email.

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  • Barak_O

    itlog sa bieber bieber bieber oooo?
    itlog sa bieber bieber bieber oooo?
    itlog sa bieber bieber bieber oooo?

    lami kung naay balahibo gamay

  • Fred

    a weird gimmickry by a fading nutz. Ho ho hoo. Try visiting us here in the (it’s more fun in the)
    Philippines to experience karinyo brutalnhospitality courtesy of gensan ang sarang.

  • erica

    Sayang naman nahuli pala

  • bugabee

    meron akong picture ni bieber looking like a dirty beaver. can anyone tell me how to post it online? or i can upload it to the fb account of those of you who are willing to have it. 

  • Carmencita Lopez

    Mga Kababayan, tulungan nating makalaya sina Mark Staake at Tanner Ruane. upang maipagpatuloy nila ang pagka capon kay JB. hahaha. mag fund drive tayo para sa lawyer at bail ni Staake at Ruane.

  • AllaMo

    All along I thought that justin is already desexed…

  • Cherrie

    Danger for Bieber is still out there… millions of Pacquiao’s fans…

  • sixtypercent

    stupid murderers.. how can they castrate somebody with no balls

  • hanep

    Kung nagkataon,  nagkaalaman kung  anong kasarian niton si  Beebs.

  • Palparan

    Had the plotters succeeded in turning Bieber to a eunuch, they would have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor…

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