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Old 12-28-2012, 12:41 PM
 
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There is also a very interesting case -- you can read about it in a book called Deliberate Intent by Rodney Smolla -- in which a family was wiped out and they were able to trace the crime scene elements back to a book sold out of the back of Soldier Of Fortune magazine telling the reader how to be a contract killer. The publisher got in hot water legally on top oif the contract killer and the guy who hired him.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:21 PM
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Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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One famous contract killer was Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody. He went to prison twice for hired murder. He got out of prison for the first one and then took a job to kill a federal judge. He died in prison a few years ago. Apparently he wasn't that great at covering his tracks, considering he was caught twice.
He killed Federal Judge John Wood in San Antonio. City Confidential did a story on that crime. I'm sure there were other crime shows that profiled this crime as well. And Woody looked very much like his father.

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Old 01-01-2013, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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He killed Federal Judge John Wood in San Antonio. City Confidential did a story on that crime. I'm sure there were other crime shows that profiled this crime as well. And Woody looked very much like his father.
I know! I looked him up once and you could see the resemblance.

I hadn't heard of City Confidential--just looked it up. Thank you!
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:12 AM
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My favorite crime show, no longer in production. Paul Winfield was the narrator, he died in 2004. I still miss him! (I whine "Paaaaaul, I miss you Paul!"). I liked City Confidential because it showed the history of the city, from way back when to current day. I also love all the Bill Kurtis crime shows, again, no longer in production (Cold Case Files, for example). And I have noticed they renamed "Forensic Files" Medical Detectives or something like this. Crock. Same music, same narrator (Peter Thomas, who also is perfect for this show). I wonder what Bill is doing now. Guess I'll have to research him.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:42 AM
 
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I had not known about this case at all until reading this thread - more reading about the case:

Criminal: Charles Harrelson

Charles Harrelson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I had not known about this case at all until reading this thread - more reading about the case:

Criminal: Charles Harrelson

Charles Harrelson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I think when Woody first got famous on Cheers there was a People mag article about him, and it mentioned that his father was in prison for being a hitman.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:28 PM
 
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Richard the Iceman Kuklinski is a contract killer. There will be movie about him out soon starring ironically, the guy who plays a cop on Boardwalk Empire.

Another man, Thomas karate Pitera, was also a contract killer, but killing was not his only mode of living. He did what all the other mobster did, but also killed on orders from higher up. There is a five part vid of his bio on youtube.

The wiki has lots of articles.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:46 PM
 
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Richard the Iceman Kuklinski is a contract killer. There will be movie about him out soon starring ironically, the guy who plays a cop on Boardwalk Empire.

Another man, Thomas karate Pitera, was also a contract killer, but killing was not his only mode of living. He did what all the other mobster did, but also killed on orders from higher up. There is a five part vid of his bio on youtube.

The wiki has lots of articles.
The Iceman was from NNJ, and at the time of his trial, I hung out at this bar where a young lawyer who was working for the prosecutor's office also came after work. He was in the courtroom during the trial, and he said Kuklinski's eyes were absolutely creepy.

Kuklinski is a "was". He's dead. He got the name Iceman from freezing his victim's bodies in a big freezer to disguise the time of their death.

I didn't know they were making a movie about him, thanks. I'll look for that.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:43 AM
 
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From all the mountains of true crime books I've read, the majority of those who hire contract killers are women, to kill their husbands.

So the question is, how do they find them?

And it's all an exercise in futility anyway, as history proves it, when a spouse is killed, and 10 police officers show up at the crime scene, 8 of those, looking at the surviving spouse, will have G-u-i-l-t-y stamped on their foreheads!
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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From all the mountains of true crime books I've read, the majority of those who hire contract killers are women, to kill their husbands.

So the question is, how do they find them?!
I think that's been answered. A person has a friend that's been in jail, they contact another friend (former jail mate), or maybe the person they buy meth from, who contacts another friend, who contacts another. These aren't pro's - just desperate drug addicts that will do anything, including kill, for money. These aren't "contract killers" as you see in movies (a fictional occupation) - just junkies. They usually get caught and both go to jail.

The few described above - Kuklinski, did his killing for a few organized crime families only, although I think his "hobby" was also standard serial killer.
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