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Professional assassination
Right. Well, we've all had days where we want someone dead. Occasionally, we really mean it.

So hypothetically:
How much would you pay to have someone removed?

Working on the assumption that it's going to be a person who _really_ annoys you, or there's some advantage in it.

I figure there's a certain threshold value in it, - obviously anyone taking the contract is going to need a 'risk vs. rewards' calculation - there's a chance they'll end up going to prison for a looong time, and they're also likely to have some additional expenses. (Sniper rifles ain't cheap ;p).

I figure you could probably operate legitimately as a 'life insurance' group. After all, life insurance is a bet that you won't die before a certain point.

So what you do, is take out a £500 life insurance policy on someone, that's automatically entered as a sweepstake for 'who can best describe the cause of death'.
Or maybe a 'first caller after they die'.

Obviously all such things would be held confidential, and no records would be kept of any transactions.
Also, there would be a 10% or so 'administration fee'.

The question is though, how much would that service be worth?

Edit: And on the flip side, is there a price at which you'd be prepared to accept a 'hit'?

There's also a book on the subject (thanks mhw)
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mhw From: mhw Date: April 29th, 2004 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I should think it's more a matter of how much a sufficiently competent professional would charge you, rather than how much you'd be willing to pay.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 29th, 2004 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
In any deal there's two sides - what people are prepared to pay, and what people are prepared to accept.
You set your price to an 'optimum' such that you have a useful balance between the people buying your service, and income as a result.

There's not point being a million dollar hitman, if you only work once every 20 years....
mhw From: mhw Date: April 29th, 2004 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
$1 000 000 / 20 = $50 000pa.

That's presumably tax-free.

If you could be sufficiently sure you could get away with it, I'd say that that was an excellent remuneration.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 29th, 2004 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, OK.

But then again, that's assuming anyone would pay someone that kind of quantity with no 'experience' shall we say.

Argh. You know what I mean. There's a high payoff that means you only have to work occasionally, but you've got to find someone to pay it.

or something.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 29th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)
And actually, despite it being illegal and deniable, I expect the tax office could find _some_ way to take a cut...
lisekit From: lisekit Date: April 29th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Presumably, you'd be laundering your income through a legitimate business. So the IR wouldn't miss its cut.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 29th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, I suppose you'd have to really wouldn't you.
I mean, large deposits of cash have to be reported under anti-terrorism laws.

Although I suspect that this hypothetical company could provide a 'laundry service'...
lisekit From: lisekit Date: April 29th, 2004 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
According to the film Leon, the going rate is five grand a head.

Anyone know the rate for delivering a really good kicking?
terriem From: terriem Date: April 29th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
In Glasgow, it's five pints of beer and a packet of crisps.
jambon_gris From: jambon_gris Date: April 29th, 2004 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I belve about £500 will do the job, if you hire an Estonian. (Estonians are the bad arsed end of the russian mafia so im told). For $1,000,000 you could probaly hire dick chaney, it would be legal (sort of) as well.

"It was terrible accident we were trying to hit Iraqi fundermetaists and missed by 2500 miles" stated the spokesperson for the US army today. Which lets face doesnt stretch the imagination too much.
mhw From: mhw Date: April 29th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
This may be a useful book to consult.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 29th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my. I must have a copy. I don't care if it's any good or not, I just need it for my bookshelf at work.
mhw From: mhw Date: April 29th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
mhw From: mhw Date: April 29th, 2004 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
And before you shell out real money for a real book, you may wish to peruse the online version.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 29th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
You have far too large a collection of links to this subject.

The thing is, it's not so much the information I want, but the book to have at work to worry the shite out of my collegues.

After all, they're convinced I'm a nutter between LARPing, Roleplay, Airsoft and the propane incident...
mhw From: mhw Date: April 29th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
*chuckle* I assure you that it's only that I'm skilled with searching for obscurities.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 29th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, but you would say that.
mhw From: mhw Date: April 29th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
*smile* But of course.
zaitan From: zaitan Date: April 29th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)
You could always hire me, after all I was asked if I was a hitman by a kid on the bus this morning.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 29th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
That's kinda why I posted :)
So anyway, if I picked a random person (presumably someone you didn't know) who wasn't really anywone important, how much would you want to 'do' them?

lisekit From: lisekit Date: April 29th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
5 grand sounds acceptable to me.
zaitan From: zaitan Date: April 30th, 2004 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
It would depend on so many things. Who the target is, do they have any powerful friends, does it have to look like an accident etc etc. It could range from a grand or two to many times that.

If you wanted a member of a bike gang knocked off, or a rozzer then you are talking about serious money. If you want your grannie knocked off to speed up your inheritance then it would be a lot less.
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