Basso, described as the ringleader of the group, encouraged the brutal beating.
The murder was committed for proceeds from an insurance policy on the victim (in which Basso was named the beneficiary) as well as other assets in which Basso was named heir.
Basso convinced Musso to move from New Jersey to Texas, under the guise that they would marry. Musso was found in a ditch with injuries so horrendous that the body was unrecognizable.
See also: The Crimes of Suzanne Basso