The Minnesota authorities have had a rather peculiar case on their hands involving a United Church of God deacon and murder disguised in suicide. A Minnesota preacher was arrested and charged with premeditated first-degree murder after hiring a dark web hitman to kill his wife.
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Stephen Allwine, a Cottage Grove resident, is the prime suspect in a murder masked as a suicide which took place in November 2016. Allwine, who is a church elder and a deacon with the United Church of God is accused of staging his wife’s murder to be able to maintain his position at the church.
Allwine’s story began in November when the Minnesota preacher offered marriage counsel to one of his parishioners. During the conversation, the man allegedly heard about the Ashley Madison hookup website.
Locked in a failed marriage, the preacher decided to try out the website and, according to the prosecutor, had at least two romantic rendezvous. Seeing that his marriage isn’t going anywhere, he decided to get a divorce and asked the church’s permission.
However, the church has a firm position regarding marriage and dissolution thereof, which meant that if he went ahead with his decision, he would have lost his position as a deacon. Consumed by his anger and frustration, the Minnesota preacher devised a fiendish plan to get rid of his wife.
Operating under a false identity, the man contacted a dark web hitman agency and placed a bounty on his wife’s head. To cover up his tracks, Allwine specifically asked that the whole thing must look like a suicide.
However, things didn’t go as planned and the Minnesota preacher was forced to take matters into his own heads, shooting the woman with a 9mm handgun. The man has recently been arrested and charged with premeditated first-degree murder.
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