*Ex-girlfriend kicked him out of upstate New York house
*Clyde Gardner originally planned his own ‘bear attack’
*Gardner then told friend to pull off staged car crash
*But friend shopped him to police and he was jailed
A man who plotted to kill his ex-girlfriend and make it look like she was mauled by a bear tried to hire someone to kill her in a staged car crash.
Clyde Gardner originally planned to kill a bear, skin it and wear the pelt while using its claws to kill the woman as she took out her rubbish.
The 57-year-old junkyard owner’s plan included him wearing the bear’s paws on his feet so no human footprints would be left behind.
Gardner had carefully watched his ex-girlfriend’s movements, hiding in the woods with binoculars to learn her routines, prosecutors said.
It began after she kicked him out of the house they shared in Malone, New York, near the Canadian border. But he abandoned his first plan.