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Top 5 Assassination Myths

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Chewy (15 days ago)
Saudi Arabia Have proven shit at Assassinations
Alumy2460 (27 days ago)
So Tuesday is the most popular day for assassinations: I'm not surprised at all. Thirty or so years ago I read a magazine article reporting the findings of a study that looked at the working week and weekends of different people in different industries. Mondays were often confused and disjointed, dealing with now urgent demands that had been held over from the previous week and many new ones that had arisen over the weekend. Impromptu meetings and rearrangements of schedule were quite the norm. Tuesdays were much more predictable and less stressful, with a knuckling down to routine tasks. As it was still early in the working week, there was still plenty of time to deal with matters requiring individuals to be in unusual places, and many such arrangements were made on this day for Wednesday to Friday. Forty years ago now I started my first job, which was at a medium-sized retail store. This was in the days when employees collected and signed for their fortnightly pay (in cash) on the premises. This always happened on a Tuesday as customers were fewer than on other days. And still today people are reliably going straight home or straight to the gym and then home after work on Tuesday, with night life picking up as the week progresses. So an assassin looking to take someone by surprise but not be surprised themselves might well choose Tuesday.
CallioNyx (1 month ago)
In the heyday of columbia, a hit there would cost as little as a 100$. Rather depressing, really. And yeah... a Norwegian ex-policeman and author was asked what was, in his experience, the least realistic part of the depiction of criminals in books and movies? The criminal mastermind. They actually tend to be pretty simple or stupid people.
Marko Jotic (1 month ago)
ninjas didn't wear black
M LG (2 months ago)
“Tuesday is the most popular day for assassinations.” Makes sense. My course schedule makes Tuesdays miserable.
Die Please (2 months ago)
Ninjas never existed
t_k_blitz (2 months ago)
I heard of a small group of Ozzies that will perform a wide variety of unsavory tasks for exceptionally low pay.
Biswajit Nath (2 months ago)
thank god you didn't mention the assassin order
Kenric Stoklosa (2 months ago)
I'll assassinate anyone's character for $75 a person. Inbox me for paypal info!
Planet Fourth Reich (3 months ago)
70 million
One shot to the head myth. Assassins put three rounds in the chest
Bob Loblaw (3 months ago)
I don't believe for a second that any organization is going to send in their top guy to do an assassination. The assassin isn't getting away clean, they always get caught. Do you think they want to lose their top performer? Fuck no, they send in some dipshit that thinks he's on his way up when actually he's the sacrificial lamb. Best-case he gets shot dead right after pulling it off or has a jailhouse "accident" before trial.
Jürgen Erhard (3 months ago)
Ah, that bullshit study is mentioned: they studied contract killers THAT WERE CAUGHT. Pretty much everyone they "studied" was a rank amateur. The John Wicks of this world I think do exist, but you don't know of them since they're so good they do *not* get caught. Oh, and that's the UK. In the US, there were a few cases of caught hit men. But pretty much all these were Mafia-connected, and you usually "catch" them when they have a falling out with their "family".
Snipinglegend 81 (3 months ago)
Well ninja were just basically japanese farmers who killed samurai so someone saying that they are ninja or not I wish to say so you are a japanese farmer.
codo4 (3 months ago)
Also, shurikens were imcapacitation weapons. Sure, a well aimed shot could pottentially kill you, But the original purpose of them was as a quick getaway last resort
Zaquariu5 (3 months ago)
You said top tier assassins are a myth and that most are average people, followed by: 'apart from those at the top of the profession that are masters of the trade'. So, you're saying they aren't a myth at all and reinforcing the idea that that's the whole point of these films.. to show us fictionalized masters of the trade. Top work, mate. LOL
RetroMochi (3 months ago)
What movie is the thumbnail
Edward Millership (3 months ago)
Modern day assassins use hellfire’s..
Mr.Techaky (3 months ago)
In most of South America, and especially Brazil you can get a hit on someone for no more that 15 - 25 USD...
pukeylukey199 (3 months ago)
Ice man dick is a bullshit faker and whell a dick
aivanther (3 months ago)
The first one, of course, explains the whole list by saying "except in the highest level of the profession." Aren't 90% of movies about top level assassins?
Lee Johnstone (3 months ago)
MI6 agents are sanctioned to kill
Damocles54 (3 months ago)
i wouldn't answer my phone for less than half a mil lol
sir controversius (3 months ago)
In South America you can get hits from 1000 dollars
AnnettePCAT (3 months ago)
2:05 the guy that ran across to the left looked like filthy frank
dorzsboss (4 months ago)
I wonder that the scene with Colin Farrell and the two jogging guy is from what movie?
Ben Finny (4 months ago)
Just one more thing I'd do for a klondike bar!
pavo6503 (4 months ago)
So do you think they'd actually tell the truth about assassins in movies? Watch any true crime show about some schmuck hired to kill a guy's ex-wife, that's truth for you.
Michael Lyons (4 months ago)
Im glad ninjas were on the list and im glad you said most looked like farmers. :D Most did look like farmers ;D
Alex O (4 months ago)
All of the million dollar hit pricetags in movies you mentioned were justified. While a hit might have been nothing for regular people john wick was suppose to be the best contract killer of his time, and the expedience and protection not to mention a direct mob contract for deadshot was the only reason why that price was as high as it was, same thing with buddy israel he was snitching on the mob. Also the closest thing to the way assassins operate was actually the movie "Assassins". I'm surprised it didn't make this list.
Beatrice Neniute (4 months ago)
I'm most likely get assassinated by trolls for no reason in public.
David Puett (4 months ago)
I always loved that scene in the Bond movie of the ninja training school. One "ninja" in the middle of the screen stumbles while running.
David Thompson (4 months ago)
Go to any scum part of the uk they will kill you for £1000 even less
tyce pickett (5 months ago)
A good contract killer Isn't just looking for a payday. They would also be looking for a way to complete their contract without leaving evidence that would lead straight back to them. So why wouldn't they use multiple methods? And are you seriously trying to say that assassins wouldn't use poison? What utter bullshit.
Kiwi Linn (5 months ago)
I shot a 22 scoped rifle and missed everything... I'm no sniper\.assassin.
Don miller (5 months ago)
The favorite gun of mafia assassins is a 22cal. Revolver . the 22 has enough penetration to go through the human skull but not enough to come out . so the bullet winds up pingponging around inside their head . also 22's are very accurate . very quite . and revolvers don't leave behind shell casings . ... Don't ask how I know all this .
Hippis (5 months ago)
NONE, but you forgot to mention the birth of assassin as its whas http://www.vaguelyinteresting.co.uk/tag/hassassin/
Death Star (5 months ago)
I think he is using the term hitman for every drunk asshole who takes a contract from his drugged freind for 20$ and calling it an assassination.
Xereth (5 months ago)
Will kill for free beer and pizza.
Chase Viking (5 months ago)
it's funny that the ninja wearing purple at the start of the ninja myth had a Volknut on him. Thats a Viking symbol and the Vikings were never in Japan.
History boy (5 months ago)
John wick is form FORTNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jeffrey Ingenito (5 months ago)
leon: the professional favorite movie
Captain Karnage (5 months ago)
Ninjas are actually Chinese
VonDeliriumTremens (5 months ago)
#5 - This is not a myth, just a simple overrepresentation. Majority of contract killings (i.e. paying to have someone killed), and I speak of 90% of such cases, likely more in some countries are strictly low-rank criminal activity, nothing more sophisticated than a drug pusher paying someone known to be a good shot (or a complete idiot) to kill another drug pusher. The next most popular area is murder of a spouse or other family member, usually to get money. In both cases 'contract killers' are hardly professionals - more often than not they are violent, stupid individuals who go with the plan and are quickly apprehended. But this does not mean that there are no high-profile assassins. They exist, but they are exceedingly rare and are usually hired by powerful criminal organisations (Alexandr Solonik is one example). #4 - Not really. Ninjas were contract killers, but is important to remember that they were not single individuals, but members of usually large organisations that were hired in mercenary capacity. When hired to assassinate someone they were usually attacking in large groups when target was vulnerable (usually in travel). There were cases of single ninjas infiltrating target's residence and conducting assassination single-handedly (such as in the legend of Uesugi Kenshin's death), but these actions were taken only as a last resort and were commonly considered suicidal (they were accepted, as money was paid to the organisation). Movies often get this right, vide 'Shogun', 'The Last Samurai' or any jidaigeki flick. #3 - It's not that simple. Killing someone is very simple (technically I mean, it is the psychological part that makes more people incapable of being good assassins), getting out undetected and not leaving clues for cops or vengeful friends of the victim is another story. Also, in case of high-profile killings (police officers, politicians etc.) the act is usually performed so it looks like a random act of violence or a revenge of a disgruntled anonymous criminal or a terrorist if terrorist threat is common in the region. Basically every high-profile assassination in Central and Eastern Europe was performed this way. The assassination of Giovanni Falcone in 1992 was considered extremely audacious, because Corleonesi mafia openly admitted to the act. #2 - Professional assassins (read: people capable to kill and evade capture on regular basis, so a minute fraction of all hired killers) use various methods, but yes. Bullet or explosive is the most popular way of disposing someone. Hit and run is also surprisingly popular, especially in places where police is illy-equipped or overworked. #1 - This boils down to the #5 - you can hire a junkie for a dose of crack and you can hire a professional for millions of dollars. But as most killers are either desperate low-life criminals or dumb people people who are adamant that they came with the plan for a perfect crime, prices tend to be low. There is a whole world of difference between finding someone to kill your average husband and make it look like a robbery gone wrong and commissioning the assassination of a Police Commissioner.
Vladimir Davydenko (5 months ago)
well james bond is a spy, his primary objective is information and spying not killing
Charles Consagra (5 months ago)
The #1 Myth should have been that gun silencers are NOT SILENT! In every assassin movie a killer uses a weapon (handgun, shotgun, rifle etc) with a silencer on it and a person can be killed 10 feet from another person and that person will not hear a thing. In reality a silencer only brings a gun shot down a slight decibel amount and not enough to even REMOTELY be silent.
AudieHolland (6 months ago)
Decent video!
Kris Larsen (6 months ago)
Poision the glass that someone drinks
Kris Larsen (6 months ago)
Poision.....good luck finding the killer
Nghaka Beita (6 months ago)
Most of the ninja tools are hand me down from the samurai, for instance shuriken
yidy1 (6 months ago)
Only $250? I'm going to go now. Need to draw up a list...
Picasso Pablo (6 months ago)
imagine how much it costed to assassin michael jackson
romar dela cruz (7 months ago)
according to modern rap songs there are junkies that will do you in if you give them a free hit
Ariel Henrique (7 months ago)
4:06 when deadshot sees his balance the last deposit was 200 bucks and the withdraws account for about 156 bucks and it is states the his account was 0... movies...
pandora50 (7 months ago)
MAGA Knight RolfOcale (7 months ago)
Was a myth debunked here? Everyone knows this stuff...
Michael Morse (8 months ago)
If there was a hitman what makes you think he would be dumb enough to keep doing jobs?
Simon Fork (8 months ago)
Top 5 Assassination Attempts on WatchMojo.
Curt Christensen (8 months ago)
MI-6 says they have no license to kill and you believe it? wanna buy some Florida real estate? hahaha
TheNerdGaming (8 months ago)
Actually no the ninjas usually wore the black robes they are depictured in and they were good at infiltrating and espionage but also very good at a swift assassination and they used cheap swords that were alittle shorter than a katana but they looked quite similar.
Englandsbestlover (8 months ago)
I’m a contract killer and my fee is...sex and then £100,000
gingercore69 (8 months ago)
Fun fact: the price for assassination depends on the target... Ive heard of some hitmen doing the job for 200 if it was a normal dude to 50000 for someone with privated security...
* ANDROIDAS13* (8 months ago)
your so called facts are not true just have a look at "iceman" .
elifittz (8 months ago)
$250 for an assassin? cool, who wants $250 to come kill me now?
A Ghost. (8 months ago)
So what you see depicted as ninjas in film is incorrect but only because they're usually professional trained gangs. When in reality a loner who does work for hire and shit like that and moves in the night so they wear black etc. Are what the definition of an actual ninja is.. So if you're an emotional gamer who learned how to build a PC on your own and only goes out for redbul at midnight while wearing a black hoodie... Sorry but your a ninja...
A Ghost. (8 months ago)
A neutral samurai with no master is basically an easier way to say it
A Ghost. (8 months ago)
The part about ninjas was invalid because ninja just means self taught...
moonskin1976 (9 months ago)
What makes you the "go to guy" for information on real life assassins? A true professional assassin's techniques are unknown and ALWAYS made to look like an accident or illness... History is covered in examples of this.
576575s (8 months ago)
moonskin1976 assassination doesn't mean it's gonna be done in secret and professional doesn't mean it has to look like and accident but I agree they still do happen that way to this day
Héctor Monclova (9 months ago)
In Colombia, according to a documentary in the late 90’s, the fee was around $9,000.
Louis Reacts (9 months ago)
no idea where you got the ninja info at, they WERE farmers and poor folk, they didnt go out to get information or any of that. they became ninjas to steal food and things they needed and their communities needed to stay alive.
Giovani M (9 months ago)
Seeking and killing criminals should be a popular job.
Nmethyltransferase (9 months ago)
Myth #7: Thinking you can dispel the adolescent fantasies of boys (afflicted with arrested development) with "facts."
Michael S (10 months ago)
JFK was pretty much killed on live tv in broad daylight.
drewpamon (10 months ago)
One problem with these examples is they keep quoting the average contract killer. The video though even alluded to top tier assassins which do things differently and movies can always chose to make the exceptional assassins as their subject.
Tohunga Uwishin (10 months ago)
The assassin for hire or Ronin or mercenaries or soldiers of fortune is a more modern incarnation, circa WWI. Mostly utilized by mafias and gangs for revenge and political rivalries. All are drug related.
Tohunga Uwishin (10 months ago)
Ninjas were farmers protecting themselves from the rich overloads who were Samurai. They adopted the ways of the assassin or hashashin from the Arab secret societies who's killings were all political.
John Lloyd Scharf (10 months ago)
So, we could have assassinated Osama bin Laden for $250? They offered $25 million.
Jakob Horrix (10 months ago)
Thanks now that I know that it is much cheaper life gets easier (do not take this to serious)
Andew70 (10 months ago)
I thought that taking someone out in the middle of a crowd was the best way, all the panic and confusion will make a perfect getaway.
JedForge (10 months ago)
Too much of a chance of getting caught in someone's selfie
largol33t1 (10 months ago)
Hollywood also frequently shows hitmen using all kinds of uber-expensive/fancy weapons such as .50 rifles and custom made hunting rifles that no average Joe could afford. A cop and a crime writer (Stephen Coonts) said .22 LR is used quite frequently because it's so widely available. The enormous availability of it also makes it a little harder to trace where the killing bullet came from. Also, hitmen very seldom have a secret lair where they make their own ammo. That takes too much time and effort. They'll just buy the ammo off the shelf. When the client wants someone dead, I don't think it's good to keep the customer waiting...
Tippy Kaffu (11 months ago)
The fact that assasination cost $900 per person in my country. Sometimes $300 or 400
azur bleu (11 months ago)
The only real stuff in Hollywood are the casting couch whores , pedophiles & rapist directors
Mitch Johnson (11 months ago)
I didn't believe any of these myths. I'm not sure how I knew the truth, but none of this was a surprise to me.
Raining Trojan (1 year ago)
*The best hitmen are the ones that haven't been found about....*
Isaac E (1 year ago)
There are trained assassins but most trained ones were formor military.
Czech Shooter (1 year ago)
Obviously you knwo shit about it and delivered no interesting facts on assassinations....
Johnny Cade (1 year ago)
Based on what I've read Ninjas were farmers
LOOSER1 (1 year ago)
tell that to MR ICEMAN
Gecko o (1 year ago)
One million dollars for a hit, well like they use to say, who do we have to kill? just kidding. although I saw once a supposed documentary that included an interview with the assasin (who was in jail), he said that for a hit he asked at least five figures and yes, the guy looked like the average old men that you can find walking on the street.
sean strickland (1 year ago)
If you live in California the best hit man is a Mexican. 5k and tell him to get his ass back to Mexico after lol
Rylan Storm (1 year ago)
All the good assassins make it look like an accident and go completely undetected. They want you to think that assassins are unskilled or don't exist.
Kingzoo Ant (1 year ago)
Combine these movies together and BAM you got a excellent hitman , be the dangerous man of the year
James Dolph (1 year ago)
I could not stop laughing at the fact they got their numbers from Britt & Aussie crime statistics ^_^
My Name is JAFO (1 year ago)
In Colombia, during the 80's heyday of the Medellín Cartel, killers could allegedly be hired for as little as $50 US, many of them teenagers.
Untitled-1 (1 year ago)
The myths about ninjas was perpetuated mostly by the ninjas themselves. They cast a shadow far greater than their form, which was a powerful intimidation method
Curt Christensen (1 year ago)
I have to say... your process of arriving at "facts" is incredibly crappy and would only fool a ten year old. try doing REAL research before pretending to be an expert
Pom Lamb (1 year ago)
when a game only has one voiceover line for a specific action. hyaa I think that enemy got the point! 3:10
rev (1 year ago)
250 bucks....thats insane
Nicholas Amsler (1 year ago)
If you want someone shot/killed......just call 911
Cancerous Pigeon (1 year ago)
Make sure the person you want dead is black though, or just wait until it's dark out so they might appear black
Kevin Lane (1 year ago)
So how do you think Professor Wilson would write an accurate contract killer movie?
Wait. Is it BaerTaffy?

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