Valentine’s Day Edition: Cupid’s arrow misses, but so does the hit man

When Cupid’s arrow misses the mark, a loveless spouse might seek a hit man with deadlier ammo. Fortunately, sometimes the angry lover’s aim can be as hapless as Cupid.

Jeff Lytle is accused of trying to hire someone to kill his wife, but the husband’s cell phone skills allegedly foiled his murderous plot. The Monroe, Washington, man’s text message — allegedly intended to seal the deal with the hit man — was sent to his former boss. The boss, shocked by the message offering money to kill the wife and young daughter, called police. Lytle, who is awaiting trial, suggested his four-year-old might have composed the text and sent it.

Then there is Dalia Dippolito. The Boynton Beach, Florida, woman allegedly paid a hit man to kill her husband, but it turned out the hired killer was really an undercover cop. Police faked the husband’s murder and used hidden cameras to capture Dippolito’s reaction when they told her he had been shot to death.

The video became a viral sensation because of the woman’s dramatic reaction. Her lawyer argued the police sting was concocted by officers who wanted to be on a “Cops” TV episode. Despite video purporting to show Dippolito hiring the hit man, a jury deadlocked 3-3 and a mistrial was declared. A new trial is on the way.

Nancy Grace and Alan Duke explore these ‘love gone bad” cases in this Valentine’s Day edition of “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace.”

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