The mother of a British teenager accused of hiring a hit man to murder his American girlfriend told how his life was destroyed by the allegations.
Alexis Stern, 19, from Minnesota, sat down with 48 hours from CBS for an episode that aired Saturday, and told the program that she believes her ex-boyfriend ordered the hit.
In July 2018, researchers contacted Stern to inform her that someone with an online username of ‘Mastermind365’ had purchased the services of Yura – a man who allegedly manages a site for assassination on the dark web.
After her first shock faded, Stern says she started to suspect that her former beau, 24-year-old Adrian Fry, was behind the assassination attempt.
His mother Sue told MailOnline: ‘His life has been destroyed by this girl and she should be ashamed.
‘Adrian has been left very depressed by these allegations. They are completely untrue and unfounded. ”
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Stern and Fry met each other via the internet in 2016 and soon started dating. Fry, who is based in the British city of Bath, visited Stern three times in her birthplace Big Lake and was deeply in love. They are depicted in an old social media snap
Alexis Stern (left) spoke with CBS’s 48 Hours for an episode that aired Saturday and told the program that she believes her British ex-boyfriend Adrian Fry (right) ordered a assassin to kill her. Fry has denied the accusation
Stern and Fry met each other via the internet in 2016 and soon started dating. Fry, who is based in the British city of Bath, visited Stern three times in her birthplace Big Lake and was deeply in love.
Stern told 48 Hours: ‘I always liked British accents, so I thought it was a kind of bonus. I wanted to have a boyfriend and it was a perfect opportunity. ”
However, Stern told the program that Fry became “controlling” and angry when she broke off their relationship.
“He almost said,” You earn almost anything that happens to you terribly, “she claimed.
Sue Fry said the program makers in America asked Adrian for an interview, but he said he refused.
She added: “He has done nothing wrong and is accused of something he knows nothing about.
‘He is very withdrawn at the moment, barely leaving his bedroom and struggling with his life. It is unfair what happened to him.
‘Adrian is disappointed that this whole thing has turned up again. He hoped it was laid to rest. “
The new 48 Hours special aims to track down Yura – the man who allegedly manages a site for assassination on the dark web that was used in the foiled attempt to kill Stern
Stern told 48 Hours that there are some clear signals that she claims it was Fry who paid $ 5770 in Bitcoin to have her kidnapped and killed.
The date the order was ordered came just one day after Stern Fry announced that she had a new relationship.
In addition, the person behind the username “Mastermind365” used British-English phrases that Fry had used in text conversations with Stern.
Furthermore, both ‘Mastermind365’ and Fry both spelled ‘thank you’ incorrectly.
Stern says she was in shock when officers revealed that someone on the dark web had paid to have her killed
Fry vigorously disputes Stern’s claim that he was behind the criminal act. He refused to be interviewed for 48 hours, but spoke with Daily Mail in December.
“I can’t believe what I’m hearing and what she’s accusing me of. I was traumatized and hurt that she might even think it could be me, “he said.
“I would never think of killing anyone, I have never done so much damage to a fly.”
Fry – who is an avid gamer – continued: ‘I once really loved Alexis and we broke up on bad terms because I wanted the relationship to survive. Of course I was deeply sad, that is normal when couples separate. But that doesn’t mean I wanted to kill her. It is absolutely unjust and ridiculous to think so. “
‘I don’t know anything about the dark web and I don’t know how I can access it. The only IT training I have received is for account systems. “
Protesting further against her innocence, he declared provocatively: “None of the things Alexis has pointed out is concrete evidence against me. It’s just bullshit. She is understandably worried that someone wants to kill her and is looking for a scapegoat who happens to be me. ”
Stern first told her story to Harper’s magazine last year, with the article claiming that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security were investigating the incident.
Mrs. Stern (left) was contacted by the police in Minnesota in July 2018 to say that her life was in danger and that an order had been issued on the internet by someone to have her killed
Fry denies having paid from his home in Bath, Somerset, in Bitcoin to a dark alleged assassin who promises to kill, maim, or kidnap targets in exchange for cash.
The article from the Harper gave details about the attempted hit and claimed that ‘Mastermind365’ initially asked to have Stern abducted. A week later, the user sent another message with the request to be killed instead. Then a payment was made for more than $ 5770 in bitcoin and a photo of Stern was also sent to the site, which only exists on the dark web.
After Stern was alerted by the police in her hometown last July, the case was subsequently taken over by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, who could not find out the identity of ‘Mastermind365’.
Fry told Daily Mail that he was first heard about his alleged involvement in the plot when a Harper journalist approached him for an interview via social media.
“I got a message on Twitter from someone who wanted to talk to me about the dark web, Alexis, and an attempt to kill her. I thought it was a bad joke and didn’t understand what it was all about, so I said I wasn’t interested in talking.
“I don’t even have significant savings and it’s impossible to pay $ 5770 to get someone killed. This whole thing is just ridiculous. ”
“I don’t even have significant savings and it’s impossible to pay $ 5770 to have someone killed. This whole thing is just ridiculous’: Fry has denied Stern’s allegations