The Justin Bieber murder plot exposed earlier this week is getting more interesting by the day as new details continue to emerge.
The Bieber camp has finally spoken out on the alleged plot, as the singer's management issued a statement Thursday that they are taking “every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans," the Associated Press reported.
Some of the new revelations are downright hilarious, for instance the fact that two of the would-be killers were arrested after missing a turn while driving cross-country to Madison Square Garden, leading them to mistakenly end up in Vermont, and eventually cross into Canada, according to the AP.
Those men, Mark Staake and Tanner Ruane, were hoping to go to the New York City arena for a Justin Bieber concert, at which they allegedly hoped to kill Justin Bieber and his manager by strangling them with paisley ties, according to New Mexico's KRQE News. On the way they were allegedly planning to kill two other victims first.
But during their wrong-turn trek through New England and Canada, they were arrested, and the duo now face multiple charges in connection with the now-infamous Justin Bieber murder plot, the AP reported.
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“Through follow-up investigation it was discovered that Justin Bieber may have also been a target of the murder plot," a law enforcement official identified only as Lt. Robert McDonald told the AP via e-mail.
The pay-off Staake was to receive from the plot's alleged mastermind, Las Cruces prison inmate and convicted killer Dana Martin, for the castration of the first two victims was allegedly $2,500 for each testicle removed (after death) with pruning shears, the affidavit said, according to the AP. The AP added that, contrary to the original reports, it did not seem that there was such a ransom for Bieber's genitals.
According to the documents, Justin Bieber and his bodyguard were allegedly reffered to as “J.B.” and “M.B.” by Martin, who told police Bieber's “measure of fame” had led Martin to “become infatuated” with the Biebs, and when Bieber failed to respond to repeated attempts to contact him, Martin turned against him in rage, leading to the alleged murder plot. Martin, who was also upset at his lack of a reputation, has a tattoo of Bieber on his leg, according to KRQE.
Martin went on to explain to law enforcement authorities that "he was seeking a measure of notoriety so that there would be people outside of prison who would know who he ... was," the AP reported.
Canada's CBC News reports that Vermont police arrested Staake on Nov. 19 for violating his probation, and that he is wanted in New Mexico on two counts each of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection with the alleged Justin Bieber murder plot.
The Justin Bieber murder plot was reportedly planned in excruciating detail last month before it was foiled as one of the would-be killers turned on his associates.
Martin is serving a double life sentence for the 2000 rape and murder of a teenage girl in Vermont. But KRQE News reports that he masterminded the plot, recruiting 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.
This actual Justin Bieber murder plot comes on the heels of a seemingly never-ending stream of death hoaxes aimed at celebrities across the entertainment spectrum.
Bieber himself has even been the target of Twitter death hoaxes, in which erroneous news of a celebrity's passing spreads virally via the ubiquitous social media site.
And on Wednesday another erroneous report of Justin Bieber's "death" hit the web via Global Associated News, which falsely reported that the singer had died that day in a car crash.
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.