(EL PAÍS) A manual for how to hire a hitman probably doesn’t exist. But if it did, it would surely contain a section advising you not to go to the police should your would-be assassin rip you off. Yet that’s exactly what two Spanish women in Madrid did, leading to both their arrests and that of third Spaniard, all for their alleged involvement in a bizarre series of events.

The story of this two-fold con began several months ago, when a 52-year-old woman in Madrid and her 20-year-old daughter were swindled out of €60,000 by the mother’s partner. The women wanted to deal with the situation, and the daughter mentioned this fact to her current partner, a 29-year-old man. The young lady’s boyfriend managed to convince her that he worked in the secret service, and he came up with a plan to get their money back from the man. First they would locate him, then kill him and harvest his organs. With their sale, they would make €60,000, which they would receive via a check.

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