Originally Posted by Hugo Böse
Maybe she was listed as a beneficiary in the life insurance policy, maybe the mother in law had assets that would have gone to the son in law?
Everybody keeps forgetting that Steele is an accountant first. Cyndi has at least one sister who would likely be first in line for her mother's life insurance. Money is not likely to be the motive here. Steele was supposedly going to give the entire proceeds of his wife's life insurance policy to the hitman. If his wife were about to divorce him, she could have been dealt with locally without making the plot more complex.