Presenter Yinka Bokinni has opened up about tracking down hitmen on the Dark Web ahead of her new Channel 4 docu-series How To Hire a Hitman.
Speaking on This Morning, the self-confessed true crime fan who is leading Channel 4’s deep dive into online murder for hire, which airs tonight, said anyone could easily order a hit on someone who has wronged them if they want to.
She told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that all types of people reach out to hitmen online, from lovers to co-workers to disgruntled partners.
The true crime addict also found out during her research that one of the people who had been killed by a hitman lived down the road from her in London.
Presenter Yinka Bokinni has opened up about tracking down hitmen on the Dark Web ahead of her new Channel 4 docu-series How To Hire a Hitman
She told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that she say all types of people reach out to hitmen online, requesting them to take out a hit on ‘lovers,’ ‘coworkers’ or’ partners who’ve had enough
Yinka, who got her love for true crime from her mother as a child, said she’s always been fascinated with the genre.
She revealed how she got to work on the Channel 4 program.
‘My director, Josh, received an email that had reams and reams of names of potential victims from these hitmen for hire sites,’ she said, adding the list was obtained during a hack in 2016.
She added there were 200 different names on that list.
Yinka said she conducted most of her research for the documentary on the Dark Web
‘And it’s in California, Bermuda, Mumbai, and then it’s Tottenham Court Road, and then it’s New Cross, and then it’s almost down the road from me,’ she said.
‘I thought,’ yes. ‘ It’s something that’s outrageous, and an incredible story, but also, it could be you, it could be someone that you know who is on these lists. ‘
She said she conducted most of her research for the documentary on the Dark Web.
‘You would think it’s someone in a basement with 17 screens or someone that is adept at the internet,’ she said of people using hitmen-for-hire websites.
‘But it could be your neighbor or someone in your house,’ Yinka added.
The presenter said she was struck by the fact some of the hits happened down the road from her
Yinka revealed she contacted one of the hitmen on the Dark Web for the show and put a hit on ‘no one’ from ‘no where’
She went on to describe some of the hit requests she saw online while preparing the documentary.
‘One of the most outrageous reasons I saw was this 17-year-old in American who wanted a hit put out on his pregnant lover, there were scorned lovers, there were disgruntled coworkers, angry neighbors, and there were partners had had enough.
She also revealed that she found out the name of one of the people who had created a hitman website on the Dark Web and contacted him for the show.
‘I went to a public place with a little dongle and a laptop and I put a hit out on no one from nowhere, and I double checked that one one called no one lives in nowhere called nowhere, so it’s fine,’ she said.
‘And I was like’ I know who you are, I’m a journalist, I’m gonna get you ‘and they replied and I was like’ sorry ‘,’ she said, putting her hands up.
‘They told me to get off of their page and stop messaging them immediately,’ she revealed.
‘It’s one of those things where you think,’ Who is responsible here? ‘. Is it the person who is disgruntled and going on these websites, or is it the potential hitman who is encouraging and saying, “Yeah they deserve it”? ‘ the presenter reflected.
‘What has somebody done to warrant something like this being put out on them? So many questions like this, and that’s what I’m trying to find out in this double bill, ‘she added.
She added is it impossible to know how many of these Dark Web hits are successful.
‘We know hitmen are real, but it’s impossible to know how many of these websites exist on the dark web, because they don’t keep any tabs.
‘It’s impossible to know how many hits are successful because you’re not going to hear about them and also, the people who are using these sites, unless they make mistakes, they are anonymous.’
How To Hire a Hitman airs tonight at 10pm on Channel 4.