How Many People Get Killed for Money Each Year?



Have you ever wondered how many people are getting whacked each year and how much people are paying them to do it? A government study revealed that the average number of contract murders each year is somewhere in the neighborhood of 416. Hitman mythology tends to focus on the mob, but the evidence suggests that most contract killings are carried out by small-time freelancers hired by schlubs. Contract killers tend to be men between 25 and 49, typically unmarried. What wife is going to put up with, “Sorry, honey, I’ll be late for dinner. I gotta whack some guy"? Firearms are, of course, the most common weapon used, though in the 1930s and 1940s hitmen were known for using ice picks. Costs vary. Contract offers range from $500 to $100,000, with an average of $16,500. The cheapest hit on record was done for “7 Atari computer games, 3 $1 bills, and $2.30 in nickels and dimes.” The most high-profile hits happen in Russia, with victims being politicians, editors and journalists. So, now you know something that you may or may not have wanted to know.