WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. --- When Dalia Dippolito got a phone call at the gym on August 5 from Boynton Beach
police, she rushed home to find her townhouse encased in crime scene tape, a
crime scene tech dusting the front door for fingerprints.
escorted her to a waiting sergeant, who gently broke the news that her husband
Dippolito collapsed into the sergeant’s arms and sobbed. She was
brought to the police department, where she came face to face with the man who
shot her husband twice in the head.
The twist came when she was told he
was an undercover Boynton Beach police officer and her husband, Michael, was
alive and well in the room next door.
Dalia Dippolito was immediately charged with
solicitation to commit first-degree murder.
It all began when Boynton Beach police received information from a confidential informant
who said that Dippolito wanted to hire someone to kill her husband of six
months. On Saturday afternoon, she and the CI met in a car at Mobil gas
station on Gateway Boulevard to make the arrangements.
conversation, she gave the CI a down payment of $1,200 for the hit man to buy a
handgun to be used as the murder weapon. She also provided photos of her
husband and their home. She asked when the murder was going to happen and
offered to get her hair done in Boca Raton to create an alibi.
She also spoke
about how she would deny her involvement and provide police false information
and names to keep the investigation away from her.
Before leaving the car,
she asked if this was a “solid deal” and said she didn’t want to hear
any excuses later about why it did not happen.
On Monday afternoon,
Dippolito met with an undercover BBPD officer posing as the hired hit man
in the parking lot of a CVS. During this encounter, the undercover agent
asked if she was sure she wanted him killed. Dippolito laughed and said, “I
will be very happy.” She agreed to pay him $3,000 when the job was
The undercover officer asked her one more time if she was sure about
having her husband killed. She responded, “I’m not going to change my mind. I
am 5,000% sure I want it done. When I set my mind to something, I get it
A video of Dalia Dippolito hearing the news that her husband is "dead":
Watch the police question Michael Dippolito about his wife: