Psychics have enemies. But this is ridiculous. James Van Praagh, Maureen Hancock and David M. Baker were targeted in this hitman plot.
Craven Vaughn sat down beside the hitman in a car parked outside the Walmart on state route 29 on Thursday. He gave the man $3,000 and the names of three psychic mediums he wanted “eliminated.”
The 32-year-old Towanda man did not want to talk about why the three mediums – two of them television personalities, all of them authors – had to die. But the man Mr. Vaughn spent about two weeks soliciting to kill for him had a secret of his own.
And just moments after Mr. Vaughn got out of the car, climbed into his green Chevrolet 1500 and pulled out onto state route 29, the undercover state trooper he had just hired to kill three people on the west coast radioed the arrest team waiting for his signal.
After his arrest on Thursday, Mr. Vaughn was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David Plummer and was sent to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Vaughn discussed the job before his arrest, but did not explain why he wanted the three mediums killed or how he knew them. We’ll update this story if we uncover more. If you have additional info about the story, please use the comment section.
Also, pro tip to all you future want-to-hire-an-assassin people: If you go around soliciting for a hitman, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get caught as the hitman in question will, in almost all cases, be an undercover cop.
And, I predict someone will want to make the obligatory joke about how they didn’t know… Don’t.