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Man Convicted of Stalking Santee Couple Was Seeking Murderous Revenge for 'Catfishing'

Brian Curtis Hile was found with duct tape, zip ties, and a to-do list that included additional supplies he needed for his plan to kill the woman and her boyfriend, including a trench coat, knife and chloroform.

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A Michigan man who was caught in an Internet scheme and traveled to San Diego to seek murderous revenge on the Santee couple he thought perpetrated it will be sentenced Nov. 22, authorities said Friday.

Brian Curtis Hile, 29, was convicted by Tuesday by a federal jury of interstate stalking.

According to evidence presented at trial, Hile became enraged when he discovered he was duped into a "catfishing scheme" in which he believed he had been in an online relationship of about two years with a woman.

Prosecutors said that when Hile found out that his online paramour was in fact a man in South Africa and that his romance was a scam after he exchanged romantic conversations and explicit photographs over a couple of years, he began an extensive search of the Internet to find the woman in the photographs.

He utilized chat rooms and online gaming blogs to identify and locate the woman, a Santee resident, who years earlier had her online "Photo Bucket" account compromised, resulting in her photographs being disseminated over the Internet, trial evidence showed.     

In August 2011, Hile came to San Diego, intent on killing the woman in the photographs and her boyfriend and he was arrested miles from the would-be victims' home, prosecutors said

Evidence presented at trial showed that after a diligent search, Hile not only identified the woman in the photographs, but obtained personal information for her as well as her boyfriend, family members and friends.

At the time of his arrest, which was made at an El Cajon Walmart, Hile was in possession of the woman's address, telephone number, email addresses, her favorite restaurants and the names and addresses of educational institutions she attended.

Hile also had duct tape, zip ties, and a to-do list that included additional supplies he needed to complete his plan to kill the woman and her boyfriend, including a trench coat, knife and chloroform.

-City News Service contributed to this report.

Patrick Crowley September 03, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Psychopath's and sociopath's kill people. It doesn't matter whether they use a gun or a knife or a car or an airplane. When they have become obsessed with the task then usually someone dies. That is why the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution is SO VASTLY IMPORTANT to defending one's life, or the life of a neighbor or friend.
Jake Mooney September 03, 2013 at 10:59 AM
What happened to the "catfishers'?
Trisha Lynn Dragon September 03, 2013 at 12:52 PM
The couple he was going to kill weren't involved. The mouth breathing cousin humping fat sack of dumb*** was too stupid to sort out that the photo was just a random one.
just my opinion September 03, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Just another reason to not post pictures in the internet.
Julie Hansen September 03, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Sick that the couple were unwitting victims too. The photos were stolen by the south african dude running the scam. They were totally innocent. Whats up w the guy wanting to kill THEM. He needs to go after the scammer who scammed them all.
Lisa Hofman September 03, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Weirdo, glad he is off the streets.
Dizzy Lizzy September 04, 2013 at 08:48 AM
So a guy in South Africa used a women in Cali's pictures to dup him and he goes to kill the girl in the pictures? That is flipping crazy!!!
Herlinda Galindo September 04, 2013 at 02:05 PM
No one should be going after anybody!!! You are an idiot to start a relationship that deep with a person without meeting them in person...the only person to blame is yourself! To fall in love with words from a person that you have never met means you have no common sense!!!!!
Southpaw September 04, 2013 at 03:00 PM
What's up with these sad people who have a "relationship" with another person over the internet and think it's real. People, please get a life (or some self esteem...or both).

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