Things just got a little scarier.
News of a possible murder plot formulated by an inmate and two fugitives against pop star Justin Bieber made headlines in December, and now the details behind that conspiracy have unraveled after the audio of phone calls made last November from a prison near Las Cruces, N.M., were released.( Tue Mar 04 13:24:59 PST 2014 $__output )
Police told ABC News' Albuquerque affiliate KOAT that inmate Dana Martin, who is doing time at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility for the murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl, was the mastermind behind the plot.
According to police, Martin directed a former jailhouse friend in Vermont, Mark Staake, and Staake's nephew, Tanner Ruane, to carry out the kidnapping and murder, and asked Ruane in a taped conversation, "Did he go over the Bieber thing with you?"
"Nah. The way I like to work dude, I like to know as little as possible," Ruane replied. "He's gonna use one of the things you gave him, and then he's gonna take care of it." Oh, and it gets worse.
"We went and bought the hedge clippers," Ruane said. "You're gonna give me 5 large ($5,000) for each one I get." Police said that Ruane was instructed to castrate Bieber and his bodyguard with the clippers, and then suffocate them with a scarf.
"Tie it really tight, and that cuts off all the oxygen, and then tie it in the back again, really tight. That seals the deal," Martin was heard saying.
Luckily, before any of this could take place, Staake and Ruane were arrested by border patrol agents after making a wrong turn in to Canada. They, along with Martin, now face two counts each of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts each of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.
Bieber's camp were not immediately available for comment, but told E! News when the plot first came about in December, "We take every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans."