The website RentAHitman.com was built by Bob Innes, who was taking an IT course at the time. At the time, he could not have imagined that his prank would lead to serious consequences.
Innes didn’t look back at the website for a while but one day decided to read the emails at the email address he linked to the site. Hundreds of people from all over the world had actually wanted to hire a hit man through the website, he discovered.
If a request seemed serious, Innes passed the information on to the police. This happened, for example, in the case of the American woman Wendy Wein. The 52-year-old had informed via the website in the summer of 2020 because she wanted to settle with her ex-husband.
“I emailed her after a while asking if she still needed our services and if I should put her through to a hit man,” Innes told ABC News. “I give everyone a chance to change their mind first, but she said ‘yes’, so I went to the police.”
Wein was arrested and pleaded guilty earlier this month, wrote The Washington Post.
The first time Innes saw what his website could lead to was when a Canadian woman approached him in 2010. She wanted to have three family members killed. Innes: “That opened my eyes.” According to Innes, his website has helped prevent about 150 murders over the years. Requests still come in every now and then.