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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Our History

Murder for Hire


Doctor Drury

The Crime and Investigation

Inexplicably, Dr. Carl Drury asked a known ATF Agent to locate a hit man for him in 2001. Drury and his wife had been having marital and financial difficulties. She unknowingly had a $1 million insurance policy on her life. Drury provided an undercover ATF Agent, posing as a hit man, with a firearm, which, ironically, belonged to Mrs. Drury.

The Arrest and Adjudication

Drury provided details of his spouse’s daily routine. When he telephoned the undercover Agent with the instruction to “finish up,” ATF and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested him. Convicted of five federal crimes, he received 204 months imprisonment and a $100,000 fine. His appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied.

 

Doctor Drury

 

James Mickelson

The Crime and Investigation

Awaiting trial for pending federal firearms charges, James Mickelson made a fateful decision. He offered $10,000 for the murder of two ATF confidential informants, who would be witnesses in his criminal case. He also facilitated the purchase of a firearm through an intermediary. Mickelson was later electronically recorded admitting his intentions and paying up when he thought one of the murders had been carried out.

The Arrest and Adjudication

After his arrest by ATF Agents, Mickelson pled guilty to a charge of conspiracy to kill a witness in a federal criminal case. He was sentenced to 132 months imprisonment. Rick Guilbert, Mickelson’s intermediary, pled guilty to lesser charges and received 12 months imprisonment.

 

James Mickelson

 

(1) Crossley

RPB industries, M-11 .380acp caliber pistol, similar to the firearm that Rev. Crossley provided to an undercover ATF Agent.

ATF/FTB

(2) Drury

Taurus, M-38, .38-caliber revolver, which Dr. Drury gave to an undercover ATF Agent.

ATF/FTB

 

Gun 1

Gun 2

 

Everett Eoff

The Crime and Investigation

During his 2002 incarceration in a federal detention center, Everett Eoff solicited for the murder of a federal prosecutor. His goal: to warn off witnesses planning to testify against him. Eoff met with an undercover ATF Agent and was recorded declaring his desire to have the prosecutor murdered.

The Arrest and Adjudication

In 2003, Eoff was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of solicitation to commit murder and solicitation of a crime of violence. He pled guilty and was sentenced to 270 months imprisonment.

 

Everett Eoff

 

Reverend Crossley

The Crime and Investigation

When Reverend George Crossley, a Florida minister and radio host, indulged in a 1996 extramarital affair, the woman’s husband complained to the radio station. Concerned about his reputation, Crossley decided to hire a hit man, and provided an undercover Agent with a firearm.

The Arrest and Adjudication

During a meeting with the undercover Agent, Crossley discussed the murder plan. ATF and Seminole County (Florida) Sheriff’s deputies then arrested him for solicitation to commit capital murder. He was sentenced to 54 months imprisonment.

 

Crossley

 

Alleged murder-for-hire plot put debt blame on targeted wife

Undercover Agent: Well, you got to let me know a little something about this guy so I can nail him down. Who is he?

Suspect: My prosecuter, Bruce...

Undercover Agent: When do you want him done?

Suspect: Three months ago (laughter).

Undercover Agent: How do you want him done? I can do him slow and hard or fast and easy.

Suspect: Up to you, man. The feds have got me on five charges now instead of two; one of them carries a 30-year minimum, carrying an explosive...

Undercover Agent: You sure you want me to go forward with this thing?

Suspect: If I wasn't, I wouldn't be here. I'm 40 years old, you think I want to spend the rest of my life in this joint?

Undercover Agent: When do you see Bruce...again?

Suspect: I go for an evidentiary hearing some time this month.

Undercover Agent: I think we're good, bro. It's all over but the crying.

Suspect: If it ain't, I go back to a hole.