These two men are accused in a truly bizarre plot to kill and castrate teen pop star Justin Bieber. 41-year-old Mark Staake, 41, (left) and his nephew Tanner Ruane, 23, (right) hatched the plan with another man who was a prison inmate with Staake. The plot reportedly involved killing four people in total and castrating them, according to New Mexico police.
The plot even allegedly include strangling them with a “paisley tie” which only reaffirms how out of touch these individuals are since paisley ties have been out of style for years.
Inmate Dana Martin, 45, became involved in the plot after being transferred to the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility from Florida. Martin was serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl and was so obsessed with Bieber that he had a tattoo of the singer on his leg. Staake noticed the tattoo and somehow the conversation allegedly moved from his love for Bieber to “why don’t we castrate and kill him.”
It was Martin who is charged with recruiting Staake. The plot even allegedly specified that Fiskars “Durasharp” brand garden clippers would be used for the castration and that there was a bounty of $2,500 on each testicle.
The plot allegedly involved two murders in Vermont and two in New York. However, the two would-be killers missed their exit on the highway and stopped at the border crossing where a U.S. border agent arrested Staake on an outstanding New Mexico warrant. Ruane was then recorded in prison calls to Martin discussing the arrest and how he proceeded to New York with him to put down the “dogs” and go “snip, snip.”
Martin then went to police and ratted on Ruane, who was arrested. It is interesting that it was Martin who allegedly recruited the others and then ratted on them. It is not clear if he realized that the telephone calls were recorded and that plot was now known to police. In any case, it is doubtful that Staake or Martin will ever see freedom. The question will be the length of the sentence of Ruane if found guilty. He did reportedly take steps to carry out the plot and a maximum sentence is likely to be sought.
All three are charged with several counts of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.