FBI files have revealed a 41-year-old man from Oakland, California, tried to use Bitcoin to buy a toxic chemical he wanted to use to kill his wife.
According to the files lodged in a US Federal Court yesterday, Sandford Bemi Faison began planning the twisted murder in early December when he posed a question about procuring a hazardous chemical on an online forum.
It’s alleged he then sought to procure a mystery chemical on the dark web, but was unaware the vendor he was communicating with was an undercover FBI agent.
This chilling message he allegedly sent will be used as evidence by the FBI.
“I aim to ensure my wife’s death within the 18 months, ideally long after our divorce is finalized (about 6-8 months from now). This is the only way I can begin a new life with full custody of my child,” he wrote on the site, according to transcripts of the messages filed in federal court. “We currently live together, and I expect to have (easy) access to her environment and food for another 2 months at least.”
Faison had been married to his wife for eight years and they had two children together.
The couple, however, had a history of domestic disturbances, says the FBI.
“Figuring out how to fund my wallet”
After posting his first message, Faison then attempted to purchase the chemical from the undercover FBI agent using Bitcoin.
Bizarrely he asked that it be delivered to an adult store near where he lived in Oakland.
“Newly joined but committed buyer here; figuring out how to fund my wallet, now,” The FBI document alleges he wrote.
“Thought to connect amd (sic) make a few^ inquiries before ordering. How many vials of [toxic chemical] do you have left? Is the packaging inconspicuous, or do you use hazard labels?”
It’s further alleged he considered ways to get his wife to unknowingly eat or touch the chemical, including putting it in the coffee machine, putting some in her shoe or onto her foot while she slept, or putting some onto a surface she would touch – like a doorknob or computer keyboard.
It’s claimed he even ordered equipment from Amazon so he could safely handle the substance
The package was delivered to the adult shop on January 9, but it was bugged by the FBI.
According to the FBI, Faison opened the box around an hour later, that’s when agents stormed into his home.
He was arrested and charged with attempting to acquire a chemical weapon.