Mom Tries to Hire Hit Man Over Facebook
Philadelphia Inquirer via YellowBrix
June 15, 2011
PHILADELPHIA – After a bitter fight with her child’s father, police said, a Southwest Philadelphia woman took to her Facebook wall and offered $1,000 to anyone who would murder her ex.
London Eley, 20, didn’t have to wait long. Timothy Bynum, 18, of Darby, soon volunteered for the job.
The hit was never carried out, but police believe the plot was more than just idle talk. When officers arrested Bynum on Friday, they found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in his apartment, with the serial number partially obliterated.
“We believe there was a real potential for him to carry it out,” said Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detective Division. “He had the means to make it happen.”
Bynum is charged with attempted murder, conspiracy, and related offenses. Eley was arrested Friday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Police said the plot was hatched in late May, when Eley got into an argument with ex-boyfriend Corey White of West Philadelphia and posted to her Facebook wall: “I will pay somebody a stack to kill my baby father.” “Stack” is slang for $1,000.
When several people commented, one asking if she was sure she wanted White dead and not just hurt, police said she posted, “DEAD! HATE HIM.”
Investigators say Timothy Bynum took up the offer. [Facebook]
Next, police said, Bynum responded with “say nomore wat he look like nd where he be at.” After Eley gave a description and information about where White was, Bynum indicated that he needed to be paid first.
White’s relatives saw the exchanges on Eley’s page and immediately told White, who called police, Walker said.
“Upon reading the messages, he was extremely shaken by them,” Walker added.
Along with the exchanges between Eley and Bynum, investigators found photographs on Bynum’s page that depicted him displaying guns.
No more messages have been posted on the wall since May, but police said they do not know whether the two continued the discussions via private messaging or e-mail. Authorities could find no sign that any money had been exchanged, Walker said.
Bynum and White do not know each other, Walker said, and police are not sure whether Bynum and Eley even know each other.
“Who knows what [Eley’s] end motivation was?” Walker said. “But the words were what they were.”