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    Woman Sues Man for Not Killing Her

    Those Britons are serious about their business: A contract is a contract, even when it's a contract to kill.

    A British court awarded a woman $3,518.90 because she hired a man to whack her and he failed, according to The Times of London.

    Maidstone Crown Court ordered Kevin Reeves, 40, to be jailed for 15 months and made him pay $3,518.90 compensation after he took $35,188.96 from a depressed friend, Christine Ryder, 53, who asked him to track down a hit man to help her end it all.

    Reeves was reportedly generous enough to offer to do the dirty deed himself — but did nothing more than take the money and run.

    A jury found Reeves guilty of deception after the annoyed intended victim sued the not-quite killer for breach of contract.

    Leading up to the case that even the prosecution called wacky, Reeves wove a dazzling tapestry of lies.

    Ryder met Reeves in 2003 when both were getting mental health treatment at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent.

    After becoming friends, Ryder, from nearby Strood, told Reeves she wanted to die and asked if he could find a killer. After making a quick call, Reeves, from Snodland, near Rochester, said for $4,398.62 she would have her hit man.

    But the mock murderer, of course, never showed.

    Reeves told her it was only because the unreal assassin had raised his price to $8,797.24 when she contacted the faux friend-in-need to repeat her death wish after they had left the hospital.

    After Ryder wasn't killed in a promised drive-by shooting on June 11, 2003, Reeves told her he had to cancel it, kill the hoax hit man and pay Ryder's money to his widow, according to court testimony.

    Getting only more and more hungry for the afterlife, Ryder asked Reeves if he would just do it himself. He said he would, but he would need $17,594.48 more. After she paid him, the two "suddenly" lost contact for quite some time.

    He finally phoned Ryder, claiming the bank had seized the $17,594.48 because he was bankrupt. She refused his request for another $17,594.48 but agreed to pay him half the amount if he would kill her Nov. 28.

    According to The Times, Ryder got a letter from Reeves the day before the promised murder that said the situation had changed but "things are still on, so don't panic." At sundown on Nov. 28, to no one's surprise Ryder was still among the living.

    Prosecutor Fiona Moore-Graham told the jury there was a loss of contact again, as Reeves took his wife Jean on a pricey trip to Tenerife.

    "You may think, therefore, that there was no intention of killing Mrs. Ryder on November 28," she said.

    An increasingly life-weary Ryder eventually phoned Reeves' wife, who said he had told her the sudden easy money came from a convenient combination of an insurance policy, an savings account and a lucky lotto scratch card, according to the Times.

    "He simply had the money for his own purpose and had no intention of using it for the purpose she directed: to have her killed or kill her himself," Moore-Graham told the court.

    "It is a mean offense, preying on somebody who is vulnerable," defense lawyer Steven Hadley conceded.

    "This was a calculated deception, repeated three times. While it is clear you had no intention of arranging for someone to kill Mrs. Ryder and didn't propose to yourself, you deceived her into believing it would happen," Judge Veronica Hammerton told Reeves.
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    So, we got any contact info for these guys????

    btw - gee vv, you're gradually becoming my source of breaking news!!

    Great reporting!!!
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    So, we got any contact info for these guys????

    btw - gee vv, you're gradually becoming my source of breaking news!!

    Great reporting!!!
    Which may be a true sign of an impending apocalypse...
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    Well one can only hope I s'pose.
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