The primary factor that sets these individuals apart is one, their silence or discreetness, and two their professionalism, leaving a clean job, and often times no trace at all as is clearly demonstrated by first hand experiences in William Hoffmann book “Contract Killer”. This professionalism comes at a cost however, more often than not a junkie who does a hit will leave considerable evidence, or even fail, after which their reward is more often than not a bullet to the head.
A professional killer not only leaves a closed case, but performs custom jobs, where they only must be paid of they succeed in doing the job to expectation. However I have found no evidence to suggest of a high level professional contract killer killing for recognition or power. Though these men are far from remorseful they do on occasion get burned, that being when a bob is botched or a contractor doesn’t wish to make payment, and instead offers new contract on the original assassins head.
Under these circumstances it is not unheard of for a contract killer to have change of heart. Though curiously, even this is often not enough for any true remorse to be felt as Molly shows in her book “II scoria” an account of an assassin whom fled from the cartels he worked for and turned to Christianity while in hiding. While most of this “class” of assassin kill for money, this is not always the case in the most general sense of killers for hire.
Cash or valuables is not the only way a contract killer can be paid, many of them are paid in power or position, of course with title often comes financial gain, but for these individuals it’s about loyalty to the family or organization they represent, not necessarily the individual. This is by far the most prevalent of the contract killers and the one made most famous by the media, however it is not the only prevalent category of contract killers, in contrast the group killing primarily for money tends to come from a very poor background, living on the streets or in dangerous areas etc. Inning their skills in espionage and guile. Eventually, most of these individuals come to realize either through small time organized crime work, or freelance opportunity, that its not uncommon to make upwards of $50,000 on an upper level professional hit, with high profile targets often going for well over a quarter of a million. It’s curious to find that this group of freelancers typically feels no regret or remorse for their actions, normally only looking out for themselves. The second group of contract killers are “moral killers” those that kill for the greater good.
These hit men tend to be most typically government agents and volunteers more often than not receiving almost unmentionable rewards for their tasks while working. These men and women tend to be government assassins, those who have worked in espionage, black ops, or urban combat settings targeting individual targets for elimination. The primary factor that separates them from other solders is that all of their murders are pre- meditated, their planned in such a way that they know the face, personality, and daily routine of the target, making it a whole other psychological ball game.
These individuals rarely have any financial incentive and are often only rewarded post career, something many of them never live to see. One of the most notable of these cases is a personal account in the book “The Assassin and the Therapist” in which the author, Jeffery Settler a therapist, records the personal accounts of his client, Jacob, whom was an assassin for Israel during the liberation. Though Jacob was himself a Jew and fighting for the freedom of his people Settler speaks of Jacobs notable P T SD symptoms.
Because of the nature of such acts, with them being individually targeted and personalized ether than against a random enemy, and with them being premeditated to the point of dates, times, and places, a new form of PATS stemmed directly from one’s own actions has been made official. Though many of the targets of these assassins are what some people would consider “evil” or at the very least dangerous, the suicide and psychological disorder rates within these individuals are extremely high.
Though Settler speaks on Jojoba’s behalf as to him doing only as he was ordered to do, because of his extreme regret and remorsefulness Settler finds himself at times almost incapable of believing Jacobs stories. This account speaks volumes to the difference been legally sanctioned murders and those done in private with agreed upon terms. This account in conjunction with multiple others of similar circumstance seems to show a pattern in those that kill for country or war, often suffer horribly for their actions.
Left sworn to secrecy for decades or even a lifetime after their tour is completed. This often times leads to solitude, or advanced sociological problems within the individual, making their reward for their service seem more a punishment than anything else. In conclusion I’ve found my research question to be one not easily solved. It would seem for every question I answer a new question, or number of questions, take its place. Though looking into psychology and sociology can somewhat help in answering these questions it does very little in the way of factual information.