Expat allegedly used Craigslist to order hit on her Israeli ex

Oklahoma woman who answered ad for acting gig says suspect called herself a Mossad agent, had detailed plans to kill ‘IS operative’ in Tel Aviv

Danielle Layman (right) (courtesy)
Danielle Layman (right) (courtesy)

An Israeli expat living in Oklahoma is accused of attempting to arrange a contract killing of her ex-husband through Craigslist.

The bizarre plan had Danielle Dana Layman, 37, issue an ad calling for an amateur actor interested in a “10 day gig overseas” and promising “competitive pay,” local news media reported Monday.

The ad, according to court documents, said the candidate “Doesn’t have to be a professional actor. Required: Creative, outgoing and friendly, positive personality, boldness and bravery (some stunts may seem risky, although they are completely safe). Discrete (you must not disclose any information related to the plot to ANYONE under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, until after it premiers, except with explicit permission from production).”

Tinsley Keefe told Oklahoma’s FOX 25 that she responded to the ad in May, and Layman arranged to meet her at a cafe.

There, Layman told her she was an agent of Mossad — Israel’s spy agency — and asked her to travel to Israel to kill a man who works as a taxi driver in Tel Aviv, but who Layman claimed was actually a member of the Islamic State terror group.

Layman said she would provide Keefe with ricin, one of the deadliest known toxins, and showed her a step-by-step PowerPoint presentation of the plan.

Castor beans, which can be used to make ricin poison, illustrative (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)
Castor beans, which can be used to make ricin poison, illustrative (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

Layman wanted Keefe to hire the man — her ex-husband, a fact she neglected to mention — to drive her around Tel Aviv for a week. She would then slowly poison him by administering the ricin in his coffee.

“I was like, ‘Why would you ask me?'” Keefe told Fox 25. “And she said because she was recruited back when she was in college, she’d been doing it for a number of years, but couldn’t do it this time around because she was pregnant.

“She also said that the reason she wanted an American, female tourist to do it was because they would be less likely to be suspected.”

Layman offered Keefe $1,000 in travel expenses and a payment of $4,000 upon completing the job.

After leaving the meeting Keefe contacted the FBI, which began investigating. Eventually, agents arrested Layman and raided her home in Ponca City, finding dozens of castor beans (used to produce ricin), a mortar and pestle, and instructions printed out from the internet on how to make the poison.

They also discovered that the taxi driver Layman intended to kill was apparently her ex-husband, with whom she has been locked in a custody battle over their child.

Layman made headlines in Israel in 2014 when she visited the country with her daughter and her ex-husband filed court documents to prevent the daughter from leaving. The husband was identified as Shahar Abecassis. At the time Layman said she would “raise hell” to bring her daughter home. She even started a GoFundMe campaign to support her effort. The daughter eventually did return to the US.

Layman is being held in Logan County Jail outside Oklahoma City.

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