May the good Lord deliver us from the enemy within.
A wealthy couple faked their own assassination to snare their evil son who had tried to pay a hitman to bump them off, a The Sun UK report has shown.
The 22-year-old man had asked undercover cops posing as hitmen to kill his parents and ten-year-old sister to get his inheritance. His parents then completed the sting by posing for photos that appeared to show the hit had been carried out.
An officer played the role of the hired assassin in the Russian resort of Sochi.
The son had instructed the “contract killer” how and where his family should be murdered.
He even drew a floor plan and indicated where security cameras were placed, and how to avoid guard dogs.
He agreed a fee with the undercover policeman for killing all three of his relatives. He even demanded to see pictures of his slain parents.
The man’s mother and father played dead for the police mock-up photographs, complete with blood gushing from “fatal” knife wounds.
The “assassin” later arranged a meeting in a Mercedes and showed the gruesome photographs to the man.
No pictures were released of the man’s sister and it is unclear if she took part in the set-up.
After seeing the pictures, the man expressed “delight” and agreed to pay the promised £38,000 fee as soon as he had collected his inheritance.
When armed cops then arrested him he immediately confessed, according to police in Krasnodar region.
It was later claimed that the evil son had twice plotted to kill them previously.
A police source said: “He wanted to get rid of parents because they were not giving him money.
“Before looking for a killer he tried to get rid of his relatives twice. He was looking on the internet to find out how to carry out the murders.
“The criminal wanted to put pills in the kettle to poison his parents but his father found out something was wrong.
“Then the son planned to break a thermometer in his parents’ car so that they were poisoned with mercury vapours.”
During interrogation the young man allegedly said: “I had been planning it for several months.
“I’m so done with them, they didn’t understand me, so I found a contract killer.”
His parents “cannot believe he could do this”, said police.
His father runs a major education institution in Sochi and the family have a large house and car as well as savings.
The man faces 15 years in jail if convicted of preparing the contract killings of his family.