Worth, Illinois Man, Michael Carlson, Charged in Murder for Hire Plot

Cook County Sheriff's Police photo
Michael Carlson, Cook County Sheriff’s Police photo.

History of threats against female victim leads to jail, and then an offer of money to “hit man”

A Worth man is being held without bond after he was charged with trying to arrange for the murder of a female acquaintance even while he was being held in the Cook County Jail.

Michael Carlson, 59, is charged with solicitation of murder for hire as a result of an investigation by the Cook County Sheriff’s Criminal Intelligence Unit – a unit based at the jail which investigates all crimes committed inside.


Last month, CIU investigators learned that Carlson had been harassing a former acquaintance and making threats against her. During the course of their work, they developed information that Carlson was looking for someone to carry out a “hit” against the same woman, who has had an order of protection against him since 2004.

Records show Carlson has a history of multiple arrests for harassment and violating an order of protection, along with separate arrests for disorderly conduct and carrying a handgun without a license. Carlson has been in jail since 2009 on the latest charges of harassing the same victim, which came after he was accused of paying someone to throw a brick through the window of her home.

Last week, a pair of gang investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department posed undercover, agreeing to arrange the murder Carlson sought.
Carlson told the investigators there was a “rodent” he wanted “exterminated” and that he was willing to make a $5,000 “donation” to make it happen. When officers showed him a picture of his victim, he confirmed that was the person he wanted killed.

Carlson is now being held in the maximum security division of the Cook County Jail.