Two men have been arrested over a plot to castrate and murder Justin Bieber at a concert in the US.
Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane from New Mexico were hired by jailed fan Dana Martin, who is currently serving two life sentences at a state prison near Las Cruces, for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in 2000. Martin was so obsessed with the singer, he even had a tattoo of Bieber inked on his leg.
The pair were hired to kill a total of four people, including two of Bieber’s acquaintances in Vermont, before travelling to New York where their plan was to castrate and murder the singer and kill his bodyguard at a gig at Madison Square Garden last month.
But for reasons unexplained, Martin turned the pair over to police. Staake was arrested in Vermont, before carrying out any of the killings.
Ruane made it all the way to New York before police, listening in on a phone call, heard him apologise to Martin for bungling the contract. Ruane was then apprehended by police who found him with murder weapons and pruning shears.
by Milo Johnson