Becoming a Hitman

Wilson, David and Rahman, Mohammed (2015) Becoming a Hitman. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 54 (3). pp. 250-264. ISSN 02655527 (ISSN)

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This article discusses what might motivate someone to become a hitman. It does this by considering those hitmen identified as 'Novices' and 'Dilettantes' in the research by MacIntyre et al. (2014) and then uses a critical analysis of a biography of one British hitman not considered in that article to pursue these ideas further. Throughout, we are keen to see how potential hitmen develop a psychological 'reframing' of their victim (Levi 1981), so as to be able to achieve their objectives, and how this reframing might thereafter be maintained. Hitmen, it is argued, emerge as an extreme example of Hall's (2012) 'criminal undertakers'. © 2015 The Howard League and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
1 July 2015Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: 'Novice'/'Dilettante', Deviance management, Hitman, James Moody, Motivation, Reframing
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 11:52
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:55

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