A Justin Bieber murder and castration plot was reportedly planned in excruciating detail last month before it was foiled as one of the would-be killers turned on his associates.


Convicted murderer Dana Martin is serving a double life sentence for the 2000 rape and murder of a teenage girl in Vermont. But KRQE News in New Mexico reports that he masterminded the plot, recruiting Mark Staake, a fellow prisoner set to be released from New Mexico's Las Cruces prison, to strangle Bieber and three other people upon his release from the detention facility.


Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane allegedly planned to kill Justin Bieber at his sold-out show at New York City's Madison Square last month, KRQE reported.


Police say the duo were told by Martin to kill a total of four people, starting by strangling two acquaintances of his in Vermont, as well as Justin Bieber and his bodyguard, with paisley ties, a method which is apparently Staake's “calling card,” according to TMZ.


And Ruane was allegedly told by Martin, who KRQE reports has a tattoo of Justin Bieber on his leg, to take an even darker step: castrating the four victims, including the Biebs, with whom Martin is reportedly obsessed. The Examiner reports that the castrations were allegedly to be carried out after the victims were already dead.


Before any of the plot could be executed, Staake was arrested on warrants in Vermont, but Ruane was released before being arrested again after police heard him discussing the murders on phone taps. When he was picked up, KRQE reports, he had weapons and pruning shears on his person. Apparently Martin had turned the two in, according to police.


This actual murder plot against Justin Bieber comes on the heels of a seemingly never-ending stream of death hoaxes aimed at celebrities from across the entertainment spectrum.


Bieber himself has even been the target of a Twitter death hoax, in which erroneous news of a celebrity's passing spreads virally via the ubiquitous social media site.

In January of 2011, “RIP Justin Bieber” topped the Trending Topics list on Twitter, and it even made it onto the Google Trends list a few hours later.

But Justin Bieber's online death hoax is just one of many in recent years. Remy Ma, Eddie Murphy, Kanye West, Jeff Goldblum, Britney Spears, Morgan Freeman, Reese Witherspoon, Barack Obama, Kim Jong-Un, Phil Collins, Gotye, Pitbull, Usher, Robin Williams, Keke Palmer, Patrick Dempsey, Chingy, Paul McCartney, Rowan Atkinson, Madonna, Soulja Boy, Adele, Demi Moore, Jon Bon Jovi, Cher, Tony Danza, Jackie Chan, Hugh Hefner, Mick Jagger, and numerous other celebrities have found themselves at the mercy of Internet pranksters who claimed that they were dead on Twitter, usually by getting a tweet starting with "R.I.P." or "RIP" and a celeb's name to go viral on social media sites, especially Twitter.