A Tennessee woman is behind bars after allegedly paying a hitman to kill the wife of a man she met on a dating website, a criminal complaint says.

Officials say Melody Sasser was arrested on May 18th and is being held in custody on an alleged attempted murder for hire charge. She is accused of transferring funds in the amount of about $10,000 in bitcoin to a website called "Online Killers Market" in exchange for the murder of the new wife of a man she met on a dating site, federal agents said in the May 11th complaint.

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Sasser and the man she met through Match.com quickly became buddies for hiking, according to the complaint. Things were going well, until the man told her that he was moving out of state with a woman he had plans to marry. That didn't sit well with her.

Later, Sasser allegedly went on the dark web, where she used the pseudonym "cattree," and posted a listing to a website with killers for hire.

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"It needs to seem random or accident. Or plant drugs, do not want a long investigation," authorities say Sasser posted on Jan. 11.

At this time, Sasser's attorney has been unavailable for comment.

Showing up unannounced and unwelcome, Sasser appeared at the couple's new home in Alabama in the fall of 2022, where she told the couple "I hope you both fall off a cliff and die," after hearing their plans for a wedding.

Around the same time, the new woman to the man Sasser loved reported her car had received some gashes on both sides of it by an unknown perp. She said she also started getting calls from untraceable numbers, giving threatening messages.


Sasser provided a would-be killer with information in great detail about the new-wife, which included where she lived, where she worked, and what car she drove. She also gave the hitman specific information about the intended victim's whereabouts.

Authorities were able to find the fitness tracking application Strava, which uses Garmin fitness watches.

"Yesterday she worked from home and went for a 2 mile walk by herself," Sasser allegedly wrote to the murder-for-hire website in March. Authorities later confirmed that the information Sasser was sharing about the victim's location was accurate.

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In late March, the man's wife was still alive, which caused Sasser to become impatient. She took to her "cattree" again to message the administrator of the website to find out what was taking so long.

"I have waited for two months and 11 days and the job is not completed... What is the delay. When will it be done," she allegedly wrote.

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On May 18th, Sasser was arrested on probable cause that she attempted to hire a hitman to commit murder.

She is due to appear in federal court on Thursday.

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