Indiana Woman Offered To Buy Her Daughter’s Teen Boyfriend A Car In Exchange For Killing Her Ex

Gilbert Dossett died in a murder-for-hire plot that was exposed when his estranged wife was caught whispering about the crime at the police station.

Gilbert Dossett [main] was shot to death in 2014 in a plan arranged by his ex wife, Brenda Moore [inset].

Gilbert Dossett died in a murder-for-hire plot that was exposed when his estranged wife, Brenda Moore, was caught whispering about the crime at the police station.

Photo by: Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. (Screenshot from ID's "American Monster")

Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. (Screenshot from ID's "American Monster")

By: Aaron Rasmussen

A divorced Indiana man who thought he was getting another chance at love later wound up dead in a murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by the woman who became his second wife.

In 2001, Gilbert Dossett, 55, was working as a taxi driver in Evansville when he met 34-year-old Brenda Moore, who also drove a cab for the same company.

According to Erica Kinsler, Dossett’s daughter from his previous marriage, the pair began dating and quickly moved in together.

“Them being together, it made him feel needed,” Kinsler said.

“I thought she was nice,” recalled Dianna Schwartz, Dosset’s ex-wife, saying she believed at the time that “Gil has met this wonderful person, and I was happy for him.”

After almost two years of seeing each other, Dossett and Moore married in 2002.

“I thought it was kind of quick, but she did love my dad, and it did seem to me like she was taking care of him, which was important to me,” Kinsler said.

In April 2014, Moore’s 18-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, Nikki, met 19-year-old Mason Hughes online. The chance encounter would prove deadly.

The high school student and Hughes began growing close and spending more and more time together. One day that May, Moore told Dossett the teenage boy was moving into their home.

While Dossett told his wife the arrangement was “unacceptable” and refused to allow it, Moore refused to back down, Kinsler said. “So, they got into a really big fight. Dad called [me] and said, ‘Hey, we have decided to go our own ways. Brenda’s moved out. I’m sure we are going to be filing for a divorce soon.’”

On May 20, 2014, family grew concerned after they hadn’t heard from 68-year-old Dossett. When they went to check on him at his Evansville home, they found him fatally shot in bed.

In an interview with police, Moore admitted she had recently been at the house, claiming she and her daughter’s boyfriend, Mason, had gone to pick up some stuff from the garage.

Detectives at the station then caught Moore on audio in an interview room telling her son, Nicholas, who also was brought to the station for questioning, that she was “scared for Nikki if Mason cracks” and they had to “get rid of that gun.”

Police accused Moore of concocting a murder-for-hire plot and promising to buy Hughes a vehicle if he killed her estranged husband. They claimed Moore’s motive for having her ex gunned down was a $48,000 life insurance policy.

In November 2014, Moore, now 54, pleaded guilty in court to her role in Dossett’s murder, and the following month she received a sentence of 60 years in prison.

In April 2015, Hughes, now 27, also pleaded guilty to the homicide, and a judge handed down a sentence of 60 years behind bars for his role in the crime.

Moore’s two children, Nikki and Nicholas, were never charged in connection to their stepfather’s killing.

“Dad was the glue that held us all together,” Kinsler said. “It makes me sad to think about what he’s missed and what he will miss.”

To learn more about this case, tune into American Monster on ID June 5 at 9/8c. or stream on discovery+.

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