Hit Man

Hit Man

In 1983, Paladin Press, a fringe publisher, released a book called Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors. The author, who went by the pen name Rex Feral, offered very specific tips for the aspiring contract killer— where to find employment, how much to charge...and how to get away with murder. Ten years later, Tiffani Horn’s mother, 8-year-old brother, and a close family friend were found murdered. The exhaustive investigation involved multi-state surveillance and wiretaps, but it wasn’t until detectives stumbled upon Hit Man that they suddenly had what they called a blueprint for the murders. Hosted by journalist Jasmyn Morris.

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August 15, 2019 34 min

In 1983, the Colorado-based non-fiction publisher, Paladin Press, released a book called Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors. The author, who wrote under the pen name Rex Feral, offered very specific tips for the aspiring contract killer— where to find employment, how much to charge...and how to get away with it.

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You might not know the name Lawrence T. Horn, but you definitely know his work. Nicknamed “Your Man with the Plan”, the talented engineer is riding high at Hitsville USA, helping to create some of Motown’s greatest hits. One day, while flying first class on a flight to Los Angeles, he meets his match – a determined and beautiful flight attendant named Millie Maree.

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August 30, 2019 36 min

In pursuit of a $1.7 million trust fund, a hitman is hired. He follows two dozen recommendations in Rex Feral’s how-to manual, murders three people, including an 8-year-old child, and almost gets away with it.

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September 7, 2019 35 min

Lawrence Horn is poised to inherit his son's $1.7 million estate, but Millie's surviving family makes moves to block him, using Maryland's Slayer's Rule. Meanwhile, the concurrent criminal investigation tickles the wires. 

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September 26, 2019 49 min

Playboy magazine once called Paladin Press “the most dangerous publisher in America.” But the real-life story of the non-fiction press, and the two Vietnam vets who founded it, is stranger than fiction.

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October 3, 2019 50 min

Attorneys John Marshall and Howard Siegel, along with the victims' families, go after Paladin Press in an effort to get Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors off the shelves. And a judge makes a landmark decision about whether this how-to guide can be considered an accomplice to murder. 

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October 11, 2019 35 min

Rex Feral claims to be a hit man, who states, “If my advice and the proven methods in this book are followed, certainly no one will ever know.” But we found another story.

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October 25, 2019 45 min

An explosion in the Midwest. Drug dealers getting ripped off in Florida. A complex meth lab. This crime spree is all linked by one man — a former cop who may have been the inspiration for the Hit Man book.

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November 18, 2019 31 min

Just over 25 years after her family was destroyed by her father, Tiffani Horn shares some haunting memories for the first time and how she’s found beauty in the ashes.

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