There are lots of things that we would do for love, or to secure the love of a person we want it from. Some people have higher limits than others, but love is something we all desire, and it can make us do some crazy things if that love is being threatened.
And, sometimes, those 'crazy things' reach heights that are simply unimaginable to most of us, such is the case of one woman who decided to take initiative when she saw her own love slipping away.
A Love Gone South
A woman from Knoxville, Tennessee is currently accused of going to some pretty extreme lengths in order to seek revenge the man of her dreams.
Melody Sasser was arrested on May 18th, 2023 for a supposed murder-for-hire plot involving a friend of hers and his wife. She's been accused of transferring roughly $10,000 in Bitcoin to a website named "Online Killers Market," which advertises just about what you think it would based on the title.
She met the man she would later become so broken up about on Match.com some time ago. The two became friends, good friends even, bonding over their shared love of hiking. Though they met on a dating website, nothing romantic ever occurred between them, a fact that had Sasser far more worked up than her match ever could have known.
It turns out he had actually met another woman during their time as friends, one he fell in love with and planned to marry.
When he shared this news with Sasser, that he was engaged and planning to move out of state with his fiancée, she did not react well at all.
Though neither of these events have been officially linked to Sasser, the man's fiancée reported that she began receiving threatening phone calls from random, untraceable numbers. At one point, she even found that both sides of her car had been "gashed," the perpetrator having never been found.
The Next Step
One boundary crossing Sasser did officially commit was her random, unannounced arrival at the couple's new home in Alabama in late 2022. "I hope you both fall off a cliff and die," she told them during her impromptu visit. This took place roughly around the same time as the phone calls and the car wreckage.
Seeing as they decided not to fulfill her request, Sasser decided to take things into her own hands. Partially, anyway.
Every Last Detail
After finding the Online Killers Market via the dark web, Sasser used her pseudonym "cattree" to find a suitable killer and provide them with all the information she had about her friend's fiancée specifically, whom she wanted out of the picture entirely.
She told them where she lived, where she worked, and what car she drove. She also gave specific information regarding when the fiancée was out of the house, using information she gained through the fitness-tracking app Strava, which shares location data and shares peoples hiking or biking paths. She also provided pictures.
Out Of The House
"Yesterday she worked from home and went for a 2 mile walk by herself," she allegedly wrote to the website back in March of this year. Authorities checked this information for themselves and found that what she had posted was accurate to the fiancée's whereabouts at that time, meaning she was serious about this plot.
However, despite Sasser's best efforts, it seems that no one was carrying out the plan she had thought up. She was growing frustrated.
She messaged the administrator of the website to complain about their lack of efficacy. "I have waited for two months and 11 days and the job is not completed... What is the delay. When will it be done," she allegedly wrote.
Since her arrest, Sasser has been indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in federal court, though she continues to plead not guilty to the crime.
If convicted, she could face a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, restitution, and a maximum three-years of supervised release.
Under The Surface
Not only is Sasser's story one of obsession and love gone wrong, but it's a true showing that you can never really know someone until you've seen them at their limit, whatever that limit may be.
Sasser and the man she met were supposedly good friends, but even he never saw this sort of reaction coming, otherwise he probably would never have told her.
This is to say be careful who you trust, and be careful with who you tell what. You never know when a celebratory moment can go south.