In East St. Louis, Illinois, Brett Nash, 45, is accused of conspiracy to murder and then frame someone else for the crime. Not unheard of to be sure in the annals of crime, but the murder was going to be pinned on a cat.
The FBI arrested Nash with the help of a paroled killer who came forward with a bizarre tale of how Nash wanted to abduct, extort and electrocute a wealthy lawyer who was interested in Nash’s wife.
According to the criminal complaint, one plot involved kidnapping the lawyer, getting him to withdraw a large amount of cash from the bank, and then electricuting him in a jacuzzi with a radio. He was going to then spread kitty litter around the crime scene to implicate the cat.
Police say that Nash was arrested outside of a Kmart in Granite City shortly before the crime was to take place. Nash reportedly told the snitch that he had only $300 in the bank and needed about $37,000 to avert foreclosure. However, he also allegedly said that he previously used his wife, a former exotic dancer, to lure wealth men to hotel rooms and then photograph them for the purposes of blackmail. The wife has not been charged and the cat is believed to be innocent.
Nash is now charged with attempted extortion, by use of threats of violence, under the Hobbs Act. He is facing 20 years in prison and a life being pursued by the cat people.
Below is the agent who uncovered the plot but he has had problems printing out the criminal complaint: