Boxing coach fakes own murder with ‘bullet hole’ in head to help police after wife hired ‘hitman’
A boxing coach faked his own murder and posed as a blood-stained corpse to help police catch his wife after she hired a ‘hitman’ to kill him for just $1,500. After the ‘hit’, Ramon Sosa’s wife laughed when she was shown a photo of her ‘dead’ husband with a ‘bullet hole’ in his right temple.
Fake blood was streaming down the shirtless man’s face as he lay in a ‘shallow grave’ in the desert with his hands behind his back. But the 50-year-old was very much alive and it turned out that his wife Maria ‘Lulu’ Sosa had unknowingly tried to hire one of his former boxing students. Mr Sosa then joined forces with detectives to gather evidence that she had offered $1,500 to have him killed.
The former gym owner said: “Unwittingly, she had approached a guy called Gustavo, to see if he could organise the hit, without realising we were friends. “I knew him, because I’d coached him. He’d been in trouble in the past, but had turned his life around.
“At first, when he called and said he needed to see me, because someone ‘wanted to kill me’, I thought he was joking. “Then we devised a plan, for him to wear a wire and tape her offering money to have me killed, before turning the evidence over to the cops.” Far from joking, Lulu, 43 was deadly serious – wanting her husband dead.
“It was for financial reasons,” Mr Sosa said. “The business was not as successful as it had been.” He added: “Gustavo told me she was clearly serious and had held her fingers to her head, in a gun-firing gesture.” But her plans were thwarted, after Gustavo [whose name has been changed to protect hid identity] hid a microphone inside his clothing and recorded their next meeting, before handing the incriminating evidence in at Montgomery County Police Station, in Houston, Texas.
Lulu’s plans to employ a hired killer came as a massive shock to Mr Sosa who, after meeting her in a salsa club in 2007, had been intoxicated by her beauty. The divorced father, with three children, Mitchell, 26, Mia, 22, and Cris, 24, soon wooed her – before marrying her in April 2010 – convinced he had bagged the woman of his dreams. He said: “Nothing was too much trouble for Lulu who was a personal trainer. She would give me manicures, pedicures and foot rubs.
“She would rub oils onto my back and treat me to massages. It was paradise and my friends were jealous.” Until their wedding, the only difficulty had been that, as a Mexican citizen, Lulu had been forced to return home to renew her visa every few months.
But, marrying Mr Sosa – originally from Puerto Rico, but now an American citizen – entitled her to a Green Card, meaning she could stay permanently in the US, where they opened a successful gym together. Life ran smoothly until early 2015, when financial worries, as the gym struggled, put strains on their relationship. “I thought we’d work through it,” said Mr Sosa. “Then, out of the blue, Lulu said, ‘I want a divorce’.”
Forced to remain under the same roof due to their financial situation, it was soon after this, in mid-2015, that Mr Sosa received the chilling call from Gustavo and their bid to prove Lulu’s murderous intentions began. He said: “After recording his meeting with her, where Gustavo pretended to know two hitmen, we took the tape to the police, who were shocked – but came up with a great plan. “They asked me to pretend to be dead, so we could show the pictures to Lulu.”
With the support of the FBI, Texas Rangers painted bloody makeup on Ramon, so it looked as though he had been shot through the temple. Then they drove him to the desert and put him in a ‘shallow grave’, which they had already dug. “Lying in the dirt, pretending to be dead, was terrifying,” Mr Sosa recalled. “When I first met Lulu, I certainly didn’t expect our relationship to end like that.”
Taking photographs of the morbid scene – which have now been released under Open Request, the US equivalent of a UK Freedom of Information request – they then made sure he stayed in a hotel for three days, forbidden from contacting anyone, and showed the pictures to Lulu. “A ‘hitman’ who was actually an undercover police officer met Lulu in a parking lot and showed her the pictures,” said Mr Sosa. “She apparently laughed.”
But, the last laugh was on her, when Lulu pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder at the District Court in Conroe, Texas, and was jailed for 20 years in October 2016. Mr Sosa, now in a new relationship with a woman he does not wish to name, added: “Lulu was silent in court, but justice has been served.
“Still, it would be wrong to say this hadn’t had a lasting impact on me. “I’ll never be the same man again.” District Attorney Kelly Blackburn of Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said: “Maria Sosa [pleaded] guilty to the offence of solicitation of murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Ms Sosa waived any appeal when she [pleaded] guilty.”