Woman charged after killer Craigslist ad

US woman charged with posting Craigslist ads in hopes of finding someone who would kill a romantic rival

A Michigan woman has been charged with using the Craigslist classified-advertisement Web site to find a killer for a romantic rival.

The job title? Freelance. The price? US$5,000.

According to authorities, Ann Marie Linscott posted two ads in November and received at least three responses, apparently from people who thought the ad was for a freelance writing gig.

In e-mail exchanges, however, Linscott, 48, told the job seekers that she was looking for "silent assassins" to "eradicate" a 56-year-old Oroville, California, woman named "Carol," according to an affidavit from the FBI agent investigating the case. Carol's husband had been having an affair with Linscott after the two met several years earlier during an online college course, the affidavit states.

Linscott used the alias bourne2run as part of her e-mail address.

On Wednesday a California grand jury brought murder-for-hire charges against Linscott, who is now facing up to 30 years in jail and a US$750,000 fine for her ad. She was arrested on January 24 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.