Prank website ‘Rent a Hitman’ nabs 14-year-old girl, now charged with soliciting to murder ex-boyfriend

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A Louisiana teenager was arrested on charges of Solicitation for Murder on Valentine’s Day after trying to hire a hitman online to kill her ex-boyfriend.

The unnamed 14-year-old female accessed the website “” and filled out a request to have her 14-year-old ex-boyfriend killed, according to a statement from the Baton Rouge Police. The charge of Solicitation for Murder resulted in her being booked into East Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention.

“My client is a juvenile first of all,” Michael Nunnery, the lawyer for the girl, told WWLTV. “In order to carry out any kind of crime, you have to have the wherewithal to make that crime happen. This is a 14-year-old child, she doesn’t have five dollars to pay a hitman, OK.”

Baton Rouge Police stated that they were tipped off to the girl’s activity by the administrator for the website, Bob Innes.

(Video: ABC7)

Innes made the website in 2005 in an attempt to start a business with a group of friends he was taking an IT class with. “It was a play on words,” Innes told ABC7 News. “Rent, as in hire us. Hit, as in web hit — visitor traffic, analytics, that sort of thing.”

While the business didn’t pan out, the website began attracting unexpected clientele. Innes said he received an email in 2010 from a woman in Canada who wanted three family members murdered. After forwarding the email to law enforcement, Innes said, “that kind of opened my eyes.” The woman had been arrested and, “A $9.20 website had just prevented three murders.”

Since then, Innes reports that his website has prevented at least 150 murders, including the ex-husband of a Wendy Wein in Michigan. Wein contacted Innes through the website in the summer of 2020.

He explained that he gives what he considers “legitimate” requests a chance to back out before he contacts law enforcement. “I sent her an email asking her, ‘do you still require our services and would you like to put me in contact with the field operative?'”

“She said ‘yes.’ So, that’s when I contacted the Michigan State Police,” Innes said. “That’s when they started their investigation.”

Innes went on to detail the elements of the website that show it is supposed to fake from the “HIPPA” privacy statement known as the, “Hitman Information Privacy and Protection Act of 1964,” to a banner ad that brings users to a new browser for “The Internet Crime Complaint Center that’s run by the FBI.”

The website also sells merchandise like this t-shirt:

Guido Fanelli is the name of the “field operative” alias that Innes uses when he replies to inquiries. Though many of them are hoaxes, he says about 10 percent have led to serious investigations.

“It’s scary because they walk among us,” Innes before listing places he had had cases come from in the past. “It really makes you wonder about who’s out there. Are they your neighbors? Are they your business associates? Are they your ex-spouses? You never know.”



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