- 17 May 17
What makes a hitman? A new TV3 series from investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre lifts the lid on the secret world of the contract killer.
Not all hitmen are created equal. The modern assassin invariably belongs to one of four categories: novice, journeyman, dilettante or master. That’s according to gangland reporter Donal MacIntyre and UK criminologist David Wilson, who have collaborated on new TV3 series Assassins: Ireland’s Contract Killers.
“I’ve never met a master hitman,” Wilson tells Hot Press, conjuring the image of an international assassin in the vein of Agent 47 from the Hitman video game franchise. “The thing about the master is that you don’t even know they exist.”
With Dublin in the grip of a criminal feud that’s been bloody even by Irish gangland standards, Assassins arrives at a timely moment. Here MacIntyre and Wilson re-examine high profile cases from the past, drawing on shared academic expertise that includes their co-authorship of an influential paper, The British Hitman: 1974 – 2013.