Catfished Teen Murders Best Friend
Does anyone besides me wonder if social media has a bad effect on young people?
A southern Indiana man and five teens from Alaska have been indicted on federal murder charges after officials say they planned, carried out and recorded the slaying of Cynthia Hoffman in early June. According to a news release from the Alaska Department of Law, an Anchorage grand jury indicted 21-year-old Darin M. Schilmiller of New Salisbury, Indiana, on charges of murder in the first degree, conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree and two counts of murder in the second degree. Also charged are 18-year-old Denali Brehmer, 16-year-old Kayden McIntosh, 19-year-old Caleb Leyland, and an unnamed juvenile male and juvenile female. All of Schilmiller's co-defendants are from Anchorage. McIntosh is being tried as an adult.
Court documents say Schilmiller offered to pay Brehmer $9 million or more to carry out the murder and send him videos and photos of the crime. He first met Brehmer online while posing as a millionaire from Kansas named "Tyler."
Throughout the month of May, the teens worked on their murder plan, court documents said. After some discussion, the teens chose Hoffman, who was allegedly "best friends" with Brehmer, as their victim.
Court documents said Hoffman was taken to Thunderbird Falls by Brehmer and McIntosh in a truck borrowed from Leyland. They told the victim that they were all going to hike on the Eklutna River. Once they made it to a clearing, Hoffman's hands, feet and mouth were bound with duct tape, police said. McIntosh is accused of firing the shot that killed the 19-year-old. Her body was dumped in the river. Court documents said that Brehmer sent videos and photos to Schilmiller during the crime.