17 September 2006

How Do You Find a Hit Man?

A while back, I was reading the story of Susan Kuhnhausen, a nurse who came home one day to find a burglar in her home.  After she came in, the burglar attacked her with a hammer.  Apparently he got in at least one blow to her head, though it wasn’t enough to knock her out, and she subsequently choked him to death right there in her hallway.  From what I gather, she was a fairly stout lady and he was fairly scrawny.  Whoops.  Here’s a link to the article in case you want he particulars:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14737893/

This week I saw a follow up article on the incident.  Apparently the person who attacked her was no burglar, it was a hit a man hired by her estranged husband.  They were going through a divorce, he wanted to get back together with her, she declined, and his solution to the problem was to get someone else to dispatch her.  Here’s the link to that article:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14859827/

Which brings up this question:  if you get the sudden desire to have someone snubbed out, how exactly do you go about finding someone to do it?  Our company has enough problems finding qualified technical people, so the prospect of having to track down a murderer for hire seems almost imposible.  I ran over to Craigs List to see if anyone was advertising their services, but I got nothing. 

I’m guessing that Mr. Kuhnhausen also had trouble finding a highly qualified pool of candidates because he ended up with the world’s worst assasin.  Who hires a scrawny guy with a hammer?  And who hires a guy that’s stupid enough to take a day planner with notes about the job and all of his employer’s contact information to the hit?

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Damon Armstrong

Damon Armstrong is a Senior Engineering Team Lead with GimmalSoft in Dallas, Texas, and author of Pro ASP.NET 2.0 Website Programming. He specializes in Microsoft technologies with a focus on SharePoint and ASP.NET. When not staying up all night coding, he can be found playing disc golf, softball, working on something for Carrollton Young Life, or recovering from staying up all night coding.

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