Photos show woman targeted in murder-for-hire plot posing for kidnapping pics: cops

Newly released evidence in the ongoing saga of a Texas doctor's alleged attempt to have his ex-girlfriend killed has somehow made the story all the more bizarre.

Staged photos have now emerged of the woman police say Dr. Leon Jacob wanted dead in which she pretends to have been kidnapped by her "hit man."

Only he wasn't really a hit man. Jacob had actually asked a U.S. Army veteran-turned-police operative to kill ex-girlfriend Meghan Verikas, according to prosecutors with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Testifying against Jacob Wednesday, Verikas described the experience of faking her own kidnapping photos with the undercover operatives to aid in the murder-for-hire sting.

"I sat in a chair in a warehouse and they zip-tied my hands and my feet and put duct tape around my mouth to make me look as if I had been kidnapped," Verikas said, according to CBS News.

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Verikas was one of two alleged targets. The other was a man named Marion "Mack" McDaniel.

Investigators say that McDaniel's ex-wife, veterinarian Valerie McDaniel, was dating Jacob at the time of the alleged plot. 

The case against Jacob alleges that he wanted Verikas dead because the stalking charges she'd filed against him could end his career as a surgeon. Investigators believe Valerie McDaniel wanted her husband dead because the two were involved in a bitter child custody dispute.

Jacob and Valerie McDaniel allegedly offered the undercover officer $20,000 in cash and two Cartier watches to have their former partners murdered.

Just as Verikas says she helped stage photos of her own kidnapping, Mr. McDaniel says he helped stage his own death to aid the case against his ex.

High-profile kidnapping cases through the years
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High-profile kidnapping cases through the years

Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002 when she was 14. She was found nine months later after she was recognized while out in public with her captors. Brian David Mitchell was convicted of kidnapping and raping Smart and was sentenced to life in prison in 2011. Mitchell's estranged wife, Wanda Barzee, admitted to her role in the kidnapping and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Jaycee Lee Dugard

Phillip and Nancy Garrido abducted Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 near Lake Tahoe when she was 11 and held her captive for 18 years. Dugard was forced to live in tents and sheds behind Garrido's home in California. She was found in 2009 after Garrido brought her to his parole meeting and investigators became suspicious. Phillip Garrido reportedly raped her for years and fathered two children with her. Phillip was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison and his wife was sentenced to 36 years to life.  

Nancy Garrido
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Jaycee Lee Dugard
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Phillip Garrido
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Charles Lindbergh, Jr.

Charles Lindbergh Jr., the son of the American aviator, was kidnapped from his home in March 1932. A ladder was used to climb up to the baby's bedroom and a ransom note was left behind. The infant's body was later discovered near the Lindbergh's mansion in New Jersey. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was convicted of murder and was later executed by electric chair.

Charles Lindbergh Jr.
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Bruno Richard Hauptmann
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Caylee Anthony

3-year-old Caylee Anthony was last seen alive on June 16, 2008. She wasn't reported missing until a month later when her mother, Casey Anthony, told investigators that a babysitter kidnapped her. The young girl's remains were found in a wooded-area in December 2008. Casey Anthony stood trial for her daughter's murder but was acquitted.

Caylee Anthony
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Casey Anthony
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Natascha Kampusch

Natascha Kampusch vanished when she was 10-years-old in 1998 while walking to school. The woman broke free on August 23, 2006, after living for eight years in a small basement area under a garage next to the suspected kidnappers house in Strasshof, 15 miles outside of the capital Vienna. The suspect, Wolfgang Priklopil committed suicide after Kampusch managed to escape.


Carlina White

Carlina White, seen here as a baby and adult, was kidnapped from Harlem Hospital in 1987. As she grew up she began to question if the woman who was raising her was actually her mother. After doing some research she discovered a picture of herself when she was an infant on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website and was eventually reunited with her family 23 years later. The woman who abducted her, Ann Pettway, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Relisha Rudd

8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared on March 1, 2014. She was last seen spending time with the janitor of the homeless shelter where she stayed with her mother. That man, Kahlil Tatum later killed himself but Relisha has never been found.

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Jacob has pleaded not guilty.

"I'm innocent and as a human being and as a physician, that thought of killing somebody else is, just goes against everything in my nature," Jacob told CBS News last year.

Valerie McDaniel took her own life by jumping from her seventh floor Houston condominium home before she was due to appear in court last year.


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