A Technical Manual
Originally published by Paladin Press
Written by Rex Feral (*)
In 1993, a triple murder was committed in Montgomery County by a man who was alleged to have used this book, Hit Man, as his guide. He was caught and convicted and sentenced to death. Wanting to profit from their loved one's murder, and realizing that the murderer himself was too poor to be worth suing, the family of those killed by the hit man sued Paladin Press, the publisher of the book Hit Man, saying Paladin Press "aided and abetted" the murder.
May 21, 1999, Paladin Press settled the case, giving the families of those killed by the hit man several million dollars, agreeing to destroy the remaining 700 copies of the book in their possession, and surrendering any rights they have to publish and reproduce the work. While the families were successful in profiting from their loved one's death, they have not been successful in stifling the book.
The book was initially published in 1983. 13,000 copies of the book are now in existence. There has only ever been one case where the book was associated with a crime, in that case the criminal had recently finished a lengthy prison sentence and had a history of prior violent crime. It is our opinion this book has never incited a murder, that the settlement of the Paladin Press case was wrong and forced by the insurance company, and that this book, and no book, should be banned. We invite the public to judge for themselves.
That said, here is Hit Man:
"Success is nothing more than taking advantage of an opportunity"
IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO: Commit murder and/or manufacture a silencer without an appropriate license. For academic study purposes only!
3. THE BEGINNING - Mental and Physical Preparations
4. EQUIPMENT - Selection and Purpose
5. THE DISPOSABLE SILENCER - A Poor Man's Access To A Rich Man's Toy
6. MORE THAN ONE WAY TO KILL A RABBIT - The Direct Hit Is Not Your Only Alternative
7. HOMEWORK AND SURVEILLANCE - Mapping a Plan And Checking It For Accuracy
8. OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - Finding Employment, What To Charge, Who To Avoid
9. GETTING THE JOB DONE RIGHT - Why The Described Hit Went Down The Way It Did
10. DANGER! EGO, WOMEN AND PARTNERS - Controlling Your Situation
11. LEGALLY ILLEGAL - Enjoying the Fruits
A Technical Manual for
Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors is a book written under the pseudonym Rex Feral (*) and published by Paladin Press in 1983. It has been claimed that the book started life as a detailed crime novel written by somebody described as a Florida housewife, and that the format was later changed to appeal to Paladin's reader base. It has been disclosed that Rex Feral is the pseudonym of a woman, who wrote only one other book under this name: "How to Rip off a Drug Dealer".
Existing copies at Paladin Press were destroyed, after the book was claimed to be used as a guide during a triple murder in 1993 (see below), but one can noweasily read the book here on-line. It is believed that 13,000 copies were sold, although Reason Magazine estimates there are 20,000 copies of the book in existence.
In 1993, a triple murder was committed in Montgomery County, Maryland by a man who used this book, Hit Man, as his guide. James Perry, who had been previously imprisoned for violent crime, was caught, convicted and sentenced to death. He had been hired by Lawrence T Horn, who sought to receive the proceeds of a life insurance policy. The families of Mildred Horn, her son Trevor and her nurse Janice Saunders sued Paladin Press, the publisher of the book Hit Man, saying Paladin Press "aided and abetted" the murder. The suit, Rice v Paladin Press, claimed that Paladin Press had a share of responsibility in the murders by virtue of their publication of a book that might be used by criminals and would-be criminals in the solicitation, planning, and commission of murder for hire.
May 21, 1999, Paladin Press' insurance company decided to settle the case, giving the families of those killed by the hit man several million dollars, agreeing to destroy the remaining 700 copies of the book in their possession, and surrendering any rights they have to publish and reproduce the work. However, the families were not entirely successful in stifling the book.
The book was also cited as a source of information in a similar crime committed by Robert Vaughn Jones in 1999.
Now read 'Hit Man' here and make your own decision!
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(*) Rex Feral is a latin expression meaning “King of Beasts”
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