Woman Offered Sex, $1000 For Fiancé's Murder
MARCH 3--Though she claimed to be willing to kill her fiancé herself, a Wisconsin woman opted instead to offer an informant $1000 plus sexual favors to carry out the murder, police charge.
Jessica Strom, 33, allegedly wanted her beau, lawyer John Schellpfeffer, clipped at his office, according to Wausau Police Department reports
To help guide the gunman, Strom, a mother of three young children, provided a diagram of the 49-year-old Schellpfeffer’s workplace, as well as details about the daily routine of some of the attorney’s neighbors, cops noted. The gunman, Strom remarked, could “blow his brains out and walk out.” Police learned of the murder-for-hire plot last week, when the informant--a former classmate of Strom--contacted investigators.
As first reported by the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
, Strom assured the man that the murder would be “easy,” noting that, “I would do it, but I can’t, I’d be the first one they’d come after.” Though he had initially asked for $50,000 to kill Schellpfeffer, the informant told Strom that he would settle for $1000, adding “It’s better than nothing, I guess.” Strom replied,
“And some sex!” At some point after the killing, Strom told the informant that she would meet up with him and “pay you and **** you and whatever.” Before separating, Strom told the pilot, “If you chicken out let me know, okay?” She added, “Because otherwise I’ll set it up with someone else.”
Strom’s home was raided by police Thursday night and she was arrested for conspiracy to commit first degree murder
, which carries a maximum 60-year prison term.