Case 145

Michael Dippolito

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Case 145

Michael Dippolito

Newlyweds Dalia and Michael Dippolito lived in the newly developed community of Renaissance Commons in Boynton Beach, a coastal city in Palm Beach County, Florida. They had recently purchased a modern, three-story townhouse on a palm tree-lined street named Via de Pepi, which overlooked several canals and waterways. The beach was just a ten-minute drive away, and there were a number of restaurants, shops, and cafes nearby, making the location well suited to the couple’s active, cosmopolitan lifestyle. 26-year-old Dalia had recently announced she was pregnant with their first baby, and the area was ideal for raising a child.

On the morning of August 5 2009, Dalia arose early to start her day with a workout at the local gym. 38-year-old Michael usually joined her as Dalia didn’t like going alone, but two weeks earlier, he had undergone liposuction on his lower back and was experiencing complications from the procedure that left him mostly bedridden. Dalia promised to stop at Starbucks to pick up a coffee for Michael on her way home. Just before 6:00 AM, she left the house in her husband’s Chevy Tahoe SUV and drove to the LA Fitness gym one mile from their home.

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched by Holly Boyd

Written by Elsha McGill

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

OFFICIAL COURT DOCUMENTS:

CASE NUMBER: 50-2009-CF-009771-AXXX-MB – Palm Beach County 

State of Florida v Michael Dippolito, Case Number 02004681CF10A – Broward County

Written Opinions of the Florida District Court of Appeal, 4th Division – Florida District Court of Appeal Documents

24 February 2020, Order List, Certiorari, Summary Dispositions – Supreme Court of the United States 

 

COURT VIDEOS:

Dalia Dippolito First Trial Videos 

Dalia Dippolito Hearing – Dalia Takes the Stand: Part 1  Law & Crime Network (23 February 2016) 

Dalia Dippolito Hearing – Law & Crime Network 

Dalia Dippolito Second Trial Videos – Law & Crime Network 

Dalia Dippolito Third Trial Videos – Law & Crime Network (8 June 2017 – 21 July 2017) 

 

OTHER VIDEOS:

Dalia arranges with Mohamed to meet the hit man – 1 August 2009

Dalia hires the hitman full video – 3 August 2009

Dalia’s full police interview video – 5 August 2009 

Mike’s full police interview video – 5 August 2009

Dalia’s call to her mother from jail – 5 August 2009

Dalia’s call to Mike (Dippolito) from jail – 5 August 2009

The Today Show ‘Man whose wife hired hit man: I don’t get it’ – Brodie and Freidman on YouTube (10 August 2009) 

The Today Show ‘Caught on tape: Wife accused of hiring hit man to murder husband’ – The Today Show NBC Archives (transcipt only) (19 November 2009)

COPS S224E3 ‘Smooth Criminal’ 24 September 2011 (via Vimeo/YouTube) 

20/20 “The Woman in the Video – ABC’s 20/20 (YouTube) (4 December 2015) The is in several parts, and the other links are underneath this first video.

Camera records wife allegedly hiring hitman to kill husband: part 2 – ABC News (5 December 2015)

Man who was target of hit man attack by ex-wife has found love again – Inside Edition (5 September 2017)

 

BOOKS:

Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill – by Elizabeth Parker

 

WEBSITES:

Claypool Law Firm  

Claypool Media

Atlantic Florida Properties

 

STATUTES:

Chapter 948 – Probation and Community Control – Florida Statutes Title XLVII: Criminal Procedure and Corrections, 900.01 – 985.8025 

 

NEWS ARTICLES:

Task force dissolved after arrests of ‘Buck Wild’ gang members – South Florida Sun Sentinel / The Palm Beach Post (20 April 2010)

Buck Wild member sentenced to 25 years in prison – Palm Beach Post (8 July 2011)

Update: Dalia Dippolito retrial jury leans toward deadlock – Post on Courts (13 December 2016)

Dalia Dippolito retrial legal analysis ABC 25 WPBF News (14 December 2016) Todd McDermott (Anchor) 

“Look at her behaviour”: Nancy Grace erupts in disbelief over Dalia Dippolito mistrial – Law and Crime (15 December 2016)

Dalia Dippolito retrial ends in mistrial, third trial imminent – Sun Sentinel (15 December 2016)

Mistrial, second retrial in Dalia Dippolito murder-for-hire case – Kevin J. Kulik (Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney) (22 December 2016)

Records reveal when, where Dalia Dippolito had baby – WPBF News (11 January 2017)

Dalia Dipplito found guilty in third murder-for-hire trial – Local10 (16 June 2017)

Dalia Dippolito informant found unconscious in motel room with dead woman – ABC WPBF News (5 July 2017)

Dalia Dippolito juror talks ‘sleeping juror Fox 20 WFLX.com (20 July 2017)

Dalia Dippolito sentenced to 16 years in prison – Palm Beach Post (21 July 2017)

‘Doesn’t make any f-ing sense!’: Mike DIppolito snaps at lawyer during Dalia’s sentencing – Law and Crime (21 July 2017)

Is Dalia Dippolito plotting a jailbreak? Hitman-hiring newlywed caught discussing an escape – Inside Edition (4 August 2017)

Identity of Dalia Dippolito’s bay’s father revealed during hearing – Palm Beach Post (10 August 2017)

Man finds love again months after ex-wife is convicted of trying to hire hit man to kill him – WSLS (5 September 2017)

Dalia Dippolito files appeal seeking fourth trial in murder-for-hire case – Sun Sentinel (8 March 2018)

State: Denie Dalia Dippolito fourth trial in murder-for-hire case – Sun Sentinel (6 August 2018)

Dalia Dippolito’s former lover charged with stalking, intimidation – 12 News (10 June 2019)

No appeal for woman caught hiring fake hit man on TV. Florida Justices Rule – Law.com (4 September 2019)

 

 

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Newlyweds Dalia and Michael Dippolito lived in the newly developed community of Renaissance Commons in Boynton Beach, a coastal city in Palm Beach County, Florida. They had recently purchased a modern, three-story townhouse on a palm tree-lined street named Via de Pepi, which overlooked several canals and waterways. The beach was just a ten-minute drive away, and there were a number of restaurants, shops, and cafes nearby, making the location well suited to the couple’s active, cosmopolitan lifestyle. 26-year-old Dalia had recently announced she was pregnant with their first baby, and the area was ideal for raising a child.

On the morning of August 5 2009, Dalia arose early to start her day with a workout at the local gym. 38-year-old Michael usually joined her as Dalia didn’t like going alone, but two weeks earlier, he had undergone liposuction on his lower back and was experiencing complications from the procedure that left him mostly bedridden. Dalia promised to stop at Starbucks to pick up a coffee for Michael on her way home. Just before 6:00 AM, she left the house in her husband’s Chevy Tahoe SUV and drove to the LA Fitness gym one mile from their home.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched by Holly Boyd

Written by Elsha McGill

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

OFFICIAL COURT DOCUMENTS:

CASE NUMBER: 50-2009-CF-009771-AXXX-MB – Palm Beach County 

State of Florida v Michael Dippolito, Case Number 02004681CF10A – Broward County

Written Opinions of the Florida District Court of Appeal, 4th Division – Florida District Court of Appeal Documents

24 February 2020, Order List, Certiorari, Summary Dispositions – Supreme Court of the United States 

 

COURT VIDEOS:

Dalia Dippolito First Trial Videos 

Dalia Dippolito Hearing – Dalia Takes the Stand: Part 1  Law & Crime Network (23 February 2016) 

Dalia Dippolito Hearing – Law & Crime Network 

Dalia Dippolito Second Trial Videos – Law & Crime Network 

Dalia Dippolito Third Trial Videos – Law & Crime Network (8 June 2017 – 21 July 2017) 

 

OTHER VIDEOS:

Dalia arranges with Mohamed to meet the hit man – 1 August 2009

Dalia hires the hitman full video – 3 August 2009

Dalia’s full police interview video – 5 August 2009 

Mike’s full police interview video – 5 August 2009

Dalia’s call to her mother from jail – 5 August 2009

Dalia’s call to Mike (Dippolito) from jail – 5 August 2009

The Today Show ‘Man whose wife hired hit man: I don’t get it’ – Brodie and Freidman on YouTube (10 August 2009) 

The Today Show ‘Caught on tape: Wife accused of hiring hit man to murder husband’ – The Today Show NBC Archives (transcipt only) (19 November 2009)

COPS S224E3 ‘Smooth Criminal’ 24 September 2011 (via Vimeo/YouTube) 

20/20 “The Woman in the Video – ABC’s 20/20 (YouTube) (4 December 2015) The is in several parts, and the other links are underneath this first video.

Camera records wife allegedly hiring hitman to kill husband: part 2 – ABC News (5 December 2015)

Man who was target of hit man attack by ex-wife has found love again – Inside Edition (5 September 2017)

 

BOOKS:

Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill – by Elizabeth Parker

 

WEBSITES:

Claypool Law Firm  

Claypool Media

Atlantic Florida Properties

 

STATUTES:

Chapter 948 – Probation and Community Control – Florida Statutes Title XLVII: Criminal Procedure and Corrections, 900.01 – 985.8025 

 

NEWS ARTICLES:

Task force dissolved after arrests of ‘Buck Wild’ gang members – South Florida Sun Sentinel / The Palm Beach Post (20 April 2010)

Buck Wild member sentenced to 25 years in prison – Palm Beach Post (8 July 2011)

Update: Dalia Dippolito retrial jury leans toward deadlock – Post on Courts (13 December 2016)

Dalia Dippolito retrial legal analysis ABC 25 WPBF News (14 December 2016) Todd McDermott (Anchor) 

“Look at her behaviour”: Nancy Grace erupts in disbelief over Dalia Dippolito mistrial – Law and Crime (15 December 2016)

Dalia Dippolito retrial ends in mistrial, third trial imminent – Sun Sentinel (15 December 2016)

Mistrial, second retrial in Dalia Dippolito murder-for-hire case – Kevin J. Kulik (Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney) (22 December 2016)

Records reveal when, where Dalia Dippolito had baby – WPBF News (11 January 2017)

Dalia Dipplito found guilty in third murder-for-hire trial – Local10 (16 June 2017)

Dalia Dippolito informant found unconscious in motel room with dead woman – ABC WPBF News (5 July 2017)

Dalia Dippolito juror talks ‘sleeping juror Fox 20 WFLX.com (20 July 2017)

Dalia Dippolito sentenced to 16 years in prison – Palm Beach Post (21 July 2017)

‘Doesn’t make any f-ing sense!’: Mike DIppolito snaps at lawyer during Dalia’s sentencing – Law and Crime (21 July 2017)

Is Dalia Dippolito plotting a jailbreak? Hitman-hiring newlywed caught discussing an escape – Inside Edition (4 August 2017)

Identity of Dalia Dippolito’s bay’s father revealed during hearing – Palm Beach Post (10 August 2017)

Man finds love again months after ex-wife is convicted of trying to hire hit man to kill him – WSLS (5 September 2017)

Dalia Dippolito files appeal seeking fourth trial in murder-for-hire case – Sun Sentinel (8 March 2018)

State: Denie Dalia Dippolito fourth trial in murder-for-hire case – Sun Sentinel (6 August 2018)

Dalia Dippolito’s former lover charged with stalking, intimidation – 12 News (10 June 2019)

No appeal for woman caught hiring fake hit man on TV. Florida Justices Rule – Law.com (4 September 2019)

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Nutrafol – Use promo code ‘CASEFILE’ for 20% off your order

SimpliSafe – Protect your home and your family today. Free shipping and 60 days risk-free trial

Noom – The last weight loss program you’ll need. Start your trial today

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