What happens when a “respectable” family hire hit-men to “eliminate” an “obstacle”? The assassination of Professor Daniel Markel unraveled ….

By Adina Kutnicki

IT has never been the case that this investigative journalist waded into this or that criminal case, that is, uninvited — regardless of its notoriety. After all, there are only so many hours in a day. In fact, at this end, the last time that a deep-dive and dissection of a high profile (non-political or non-jihadi) criminal case appeared at this site was by special request, as described within the below attachment.

NOW, as the reader views the embedded video and scrolls through the links, bear this in mind: while assorted experts gave the dissection the thumbs up, more than a few credible threats came this way for exposing what really went down. But never mind …. like water off of a duck’s back.

THE question becomes: what makes the assassination of Professor Dan Markel a special case? After all, there are so many murders across America, it is impossible to keep up.

TO properly answer the above — most especially, for those unfamiliar with the aforementioned case, infamous as it is — the below synopsis serves as an intro and an overview.

Professor Dan Markel of Florida State University College of Law, a well-known legal academic and law blogger, was shot in his home on Friday. He died of his wounds on Saturday. He was 41. We noted the news in Morning Docket and followed the news over the weekend on our Twitter feed.


On Friday, July 18, 2014 at approximately 11 a.m., police received a report from a resident of a “loud bang” in the 2100 block of Trescott Drive, in the upscale Betton Hills neighborhood of Tallahassee. Upon arriving at Dan Markel’s home at 2116 Trescott Drive, they found Markel with a gunshot wound.

Markel was rushed to Tallahassee Community Hospital, where he died of his injuries early on Saturday morning. A memorial service took place yesterday at his temple, Congregation Shomrei Torah. Markel’s body is expected to be sent back to Toronto, where Markel is originally from and where his parents still live, for a funeral. FSU will hold a memorial service for Markel in the fall, when more students and faculty are back in Tallahassee.

The Tallahassee Police Department is, according to a spokesperson, investigating Markel’s death “as a homicide at this point; this is not considered a break-in.” From the department’s statement:

The initial investigation has provided no indication that this case is connected to a burglary or robbery and investigators are assuring residents there is no evidence this was a random act. Neighbourhood residents should continue to be vigilant but it appears at this time that Mr. Markel was the intended victim in this incident.


In February 2006, Dan Markel and Wendi Adelson got married (here is their New York Times wedding announcement). At the time of their marriage, Wendi Adelson, then 26, was a third-year law student at the University of Miami, and Markel, then 33, was already a professor at FSU Law. Adelson later followed her husband into legal academia; she is currently a clinical professor in FSU’s public interest law center. Markel and Adelson had two sons, Lincoln and Benjamin.

At some point, Dan Markel and Wendi Adelson’s marriage unraveled. In 2012, Adelson filed for divorce. Although the divorce was finalized in 2013, you can see from the docket that legal fights over child custody and finances continued into this year. I do know, from a conversation I had with Markel last year and from mutual friends, that his split from Adelson was highly contentious.


SUFFICE it to establish: what renders “special status” to the assassination of Professor Dan Markel is not about the fact that contentious divorces can lead to murder, horrific as these familial outcomes are.

RATHER, it is beyond dispute that the assassination of this reportedly kind, descent, loving man (never mind his off-the-charts legal brilliance) would not have happened, but for a family conspiracy to whack him, yes, Mafia style! Indeed, a family affair.

IN brief, the Adelson family is emblematic of the worst of the worst — entitled, smug, self-indulgent, and beyond dysfunctional. Adding fuel to an already combustible fire, they are filthy rich from operating a highly successful dental surgery practice, and with money to burn. Tragically, whatever it cost, they were willing to pay for a hit on the one who was standing in the way of their family (reunification) plans, that is, Wendi’s ex-husband, the devoted father of their 2 young sons, be damned!

AND the more Wendi Adelson complained about living in Tallahassee and whined about her desire to return to the bosom of her family, this doe-eyed, passive-aggressive, overly dependent, pouty daughter set in motion a murderous chain of events, yes, she did; a plan to allow her to move back to South Florida (Miami) near her twisted parents, Donna and Harvey, and her equally twisted brother, Charlie.

MOST significantly, Wendi was hauled in to testify via a subpoena at Katherine’s retrial (Charlie’s unsavory girlfriend, the “fixer” who set up the hit), and did she ever show her true evil colors! Listen carefully ….

KNOWING full well that control freak “mama Donna” (grandma from hell, too) would do anything to ensure that her brood moves nearby (with hubby Harvey easily manipulated), it was only a matter of how/when to execute the plot.

AKIN to dousing fuel on an already lit fire, lies Wendi’s unnaturally close relationship with Charlie. A practicing periodontist by day (no one is claiming they are a stupid bunch …. far from it), this highly unsavory character chases drugs and women by night — having never been married by his mid-40’s. He, too, is overly dependent on control-freak Donna. So, with Professor Dan Markel in their cross-hairs, this poor soul didn’t stand a chance. A hit was in the offing, and a price was placed on his head. Literally.

ADDING insult to grave injury (for all of his loved ones left behind), it  took 8 long, torturous years for any measure of justice. Yes, the actual hit men were scooped up not long after the assassination and convicted. But, most importantly, Charlie was arrested last month on first-degree murder charges! Thank heavens.

IN line with the explosive witness list was Professor LaCasse, Wendi’s boyfriend (whom she dated right after her divorce, and a little before the hit took place). He revealed Wendi’s thinking, so to speak. Scroll to 39:37 marker and onward …. listen carefully.

ALL in all, the odds are that Wendi and Donna — like (she-devil) mother, like (she-devil) daughter — will be scooped up by U.S. Marshals, just like twisted Charlie.

MAY all four of this murderous clan rot in separate prison cells, side-by-side, and never see the light of day. May Professor Dan Markel’s dear children be adopted by the Markel family in Canada — to be brought up by those who truly recognize kindness and goodness and will teach them well.

AND, as a nail-in-the-coffin analysis, now that Charlie has been arrested for first-degree murder, well,

AGAIN, may the Adelson family rot in hell-fire!


2 thoughts on “What happens when a “respectable” family hire hit-men to “eliminate” an “obstacle”? The assassination of Professor Daniel Markel unraveled ….

  1. Pingback: UPDATE TO: What happens when a “respectable” family hire hit-men to “eliminate” an “obstacle?” The Assassination of Professor Daniel Markel | Adina Kutnicki

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