Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

What’s a hitman cost anyway?

A recent study in the UK showed that hiring a hitman can basically be as expensive as a small house or as cheap as a nice meal out, with the average price coming in at around the cost of a new Honda Civic. But as with anything, you get what you pay for.

Clown opens fire at family gathering, kills drug cartel leader

This is one killer clown that probably isn’t going to wind up in jail. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 63, a former leader of the Tijuana Cartel, was enjoying the company of his family on October 18 in Baja, California’s Los Cabos resort, when a clown entertaining at the party shot him in the head.

Searching for a Hitman in the Deep Web

From our friends at The Daily Dot: The arrest of alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht has brought renewed interest in the shadowy Deep Web network. While most of the attention has been paid to the trafficking of illegal narcotics, even a quick tour through the Deep Web shows the prevalence of another type of clandestine service: contract killers.

Woman Who Hired Fake Hitman to Kill Husband Sentenced

Young Michigan wife Julia Merfeld made headlines after police released two videos of her talking to an undercover cop posing as a hitman. In the recordings, filmed in the fake hitman’s car, Julia says that having her husband killed is “easier than divorcing him.

Hitman for Mexican Drug Cartel Gives Chilling Interview From Behind Bars

From our friends at the Daily Dot: Rosalio Reta was just 13 when Miguel Treviño, leader of the ruthless Zetas, the paramilitary wing of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel, recruited him as a killer. In this interview with the Center for Investigative Reporting he discusses his horrific experience as a murderous cog in Los Zetas.

The Murder of Lita McClinton Sullivan: Death Came Knocking

Lita Sullivan, 35, was just hours from a divorce settlement, when a hit man delivering a box of long-stemmed roses, fired a .9 mm round into her head, killing the Atlanta socialite. Suspicion quickly fell on her now-wealthy husband, who managed to elude justice for 19 years.

Man Accused of Hiring Hit Man to Kill the Hit Man He Allegedly Hired to Kill His Wife

Some people never learn. Bob Bashara, 54, of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, who has been on investigators’ radar since the January 2012, murder of his wife, Jane Bashara, 56, has been arrested by police for soliciting a hit on the hit man, whom he allegedly hired to kill his wife. The case, which gained notoriety as salacious details of Bashara’s personal life emerged, is being called the Gross Point Murder Mystery.

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