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  •   Hit Man Cases Not New to County

    By staff
    June 11, 1997

    During the past four years, at least five previous murder-for-hire cases have come to court in Montgomery County:

    Lawrence T. Horn Artist Sketch Lawrence T. Horn
    (Sketch by William J. Hennessy Jr.)

  • In May 1996, Lawrence T. Horn was found guilty of first-degree murder and murder conspiracy for hiring a Detroit man to kill his ex-wife, his severely retarded son and the son's nurse in Silver Spring. The hit man, James Edward Perry, had purchased a how-to manual titled "Hit Man" before committing the murders in March 1993.

    Charles Shapiro File Photo Charles S. Shapiro
    (File photo)

  • In October 1996, developer Charles S. Shapiro pleaded guilty to hiring a moonlighting police officer to knock off his cousin over a real estate deal. Shapiro, a Potomac resident, tried to take back his guilty plea, saying he had been impaired by tranquilizers and an overdose of Tums antacid.

  • In 1995, charges were filed against the son of county landfill owner William H. Mossburg Jr. in a plot to kill his father, police said. But a grand jury refused to indict Christopher M. Mossburg, of Germantown, after his father said he was convinced his son was just "shooting his mouth off."

  • In February 1994, Lu Ming Virrey of Silver Spring was sentenced to three years in prison for offering an undercover FBI agent $10,000 to cripple her ex-boyfriend and kill his wife and son. The three were not harmed.

  • In March 1993, Harold F. O'Flaherty, who is blind, was sentenced to five years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife while he was having an affair. The Gaithersburg man's wife, Annette, was not hurt.

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