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Feds: Man wanted six burned alive for breaking up his marriage


Zenon Grzegorczyk

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Updated: June 5, 2012 11:36AM

A man from Poland under investigation for allegedly trying to buy grenades, AK-47s and pistols for pals in his homeland got in even more trouble when he asked to have six people burned alive for breaking up his marriage, authorities said.

A federal magistrate judge Thursday ordered Zenon Grzegorczyk, 49, held in the botched plot to kill the six, who lived on the Northwest Side and suburbs.

The Des Plaines man faces a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted of the murder-for-hire charge against him.

Grzegorczyk allegedly blamed the six unidentified targets for turning his wife against him, leading to their divorce.

An informant had originally told authorities Grzegorczyk was trying to buy assault rifles and other weapons for a group in Poland, according to a federal complaint.

In April, undercover officers from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Cook County sheriff’s office posed as weapons suppliers. They met Grzegorczyk to investigate the gun allegation.

That’s when Grzegorczyk allegedly made a comment that he wanted a woman dead — leading to a separate murder-for-hire investigation, authorities said.

Grzegorczyk eventually told the undercover officers he wanted them to kill six people, the complaint said. He wanted the targets burned alive because of the horrible nature of such a death, according to a secret recording.

Grzegorczyk didn’t trust the hit men, saying he worried they might really be cops wearing a wire. He even suggested they meet naked at a Russian bathhouse to discuss the plot, the complaint said.

The bathhouse rendezvous never happened, but Grzegorczyk met the undercover officers Wednesday at a Northwest Side McDonald’s where he gave them $3,000 and showed them another $42,000, which he’d give them once the murders were carried out, the complaint said.

The officers arrested Grzegorczyk in the restaurant parking lot.

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