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A hitman (male or female) is an assassin who is hired to kill another person.

In organized crime[edit]

Hitmen are largely linked to the world of organized crime. Hitmen are hired people who kill people for money. Notable examples include Murder, Inc.,

Other cases[edit]

These are non-Mafia killings, or attempted killings, that involved a hitman. In some of these cases the "hitman" was not necessarily a "professional" hitman, but a paid amateur.


Mad Dog Coll leaving homicide court surrounded by police officers, 1931

Notable victims[edit]

Notable hirings[edit]

According to America's Most Wanted, Walker County, Alabama is the #1 place in America to hire a hitman.

In fiction[edit]


Comics and cartoons[edit]


Hitmen have, at times, been a notable part of crime films.

The James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun, features Francisco Scaramanga. Scaramanga is a high-priced hit man, supposedly the best in the world, charging one million dollars per kill. He's best known for being "The man with the golden gun", because he only uses bullets made of gold in a fictitious, 4.2 mm cartridge. All of Scaramanga's dealings go through his henchman Nick Nack, which allows Scaramanga to be anonymous.

In the mid-1990s to the 2000s, several "offbeat" portrayals of hitmen arose.

In the 2005 black comedy The Matador, Pierce Brosnan portrays the fictional hitman Julian Noble, an experienced hitman who suffers a mental breakdown, causing him to freeze during the last seconds of the job.

Romantic comedy has included assassins

A few portrayals of hitmen have earned nominations or awards.

In other countries the vision of the hitman is often one of a tragic individual with a solitary existence.

Video games[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/01/23/ns-hitman-michael-ryan.html
  2. ^ Boyle, Robert H. (4 June 1973). "End Of A Bloody Bad Show". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 21 March 2013.