Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, Raven | Mystique, Hank McCoy, Original Character
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - No Powers, Espionage, Assassins & Hitmen, Dark Charles, Protective Erik, Seaside, Redemption, Dark, Angst

Summary: For the last ten years Charles has been working as an assassin for the government. On a mission in Russia he leaves behind witnesses for the first time, twins who watch as he kills their mother. Returning from the mission Charles ends up in a downward spiral, unable to sleep. Sent on holiday by his handler, Charles ends up in a seaside village in North Wales in an effort to find some peace.

A/N: So many thanks to eriknocherikyes for the beta and the wonderful feedback.This fic would not be what it is without my dear leafeylocket who helped me with the setting and the Britishisms, as well as endless headcanons on how all this was going to play out. Oh, and literary devices in French.Thank you to everyone for reading.

feelsspiral asked:

I love your post on the personality and psychological makeup of spies. Would you consider doing a similar one for assassins? Would there be a lot of overlap?

It depends. When it comes to the real world, spies are much easier to get solid information on. There’s a fair number of autobiographies, and interviews, to say nothing of confirmed former intelligence officers like John Le Carre and (ironically) Ian Flemming, who went on to become published authors.

But, assassins? Not so much.

A couple months ago, The Howard Journal of Criminal Science published a fairly interesting analysis of assassins in the UK. And, this is honestly the best source I’ve found to date.

They break assassins down into four groups. The Novice, Dilettante, Journeyman, and Master.

Novices make up the bulk of contract killers. These guys aren’t really assassins. They like the idea of getting paid for killing someone, but that’s their only claim to the title. In reality, we’re just talking about petty criminals here. They have no specialized training, and tend to be hires of convenience. They also, usually, strike targets in their own community. For police, this makes them very easy to identify.

Dilettantes are another variety of amateur assassin. These are older individuals, who will take a contract opportunistically. They’re not, nominally, criminals, and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We’re talking about the Walter White of contract killers here… only, again, these guys aren’t very successful. There’s actually an example, where a dilettante was unable to carry out the hit after he spoke to the intended victim. As with novices, there’s no specialized training, and they tend to stay close to home.

Journeymen are getting into actual assassin territory. These are professional, methodical killers. They’re more likely to make repeated hits successfully, but they’re also likely to get caught. They come from a mix of backgrounds including ex-military, and career criminals. As with Novices, they rarely travel for a hit, so police can usually find them during the course of their investigation.

Masters are the assassins you’re probably thinking of, and, like I said at the beginning of the post, there isn’t actually a lot to go on. They do exist, but they’re contracted, travel to a location, execute a hit, and leave. Which makes them very hard to identify for a criminal investigation. The assumption is these guys are ex-military or career criminals, but a lot of this is supposition and guesswork. Ideally, this means you’re looking at normal ex-military personality types, with a bent towards the kind of goal oriented ex-special forces outlook.

Unfortunately, as the article points out, a lot of research into assassins is built off of failure, and the master specifically exploits weakness in law enforcement investigation techniques to avoid detection. I’m actually making this sound more dramatic than it really is; if there’s no connection between the victim and their killer, any criminal investigation is going to be dependent on the killer making some forensic mistake, or being identified by other means. When we’re talking about masters, there is no local connection, so there’s no real way to identify them.

So, ex-special forces: I know I’ve talked about these guys before, but the most common personality is very disciplined and goal oriented. While ex-military can encompass a wide array of personality types, special forces programs demand soldiers who can operate autonomously for extended periods of time. Without exception, we’re talking about people who can set goals, determine the best means to achieve them, and then formulate and execute a plan. The ones I’ve met that I know actually were special forces were extremely laid back and reserved individuals, (the ones I’ve met, that I’m not sure about, weren’t.)

If your assassin is a master, then you’re not going to be looking at an unstable psychokiller. These are people who kill someone for their job, and go home.

The article excludes state sanctioned assassins and political assassins, and I get why. They were looking at killers for hire.

With state sanctioned, we’re talking about the exact same kind of special forces outlook that you get from masters, so that much is easy. With political assassins, we actually are talking about zealots and fanatics, some of the time.

Unfortunately, a lot of state sanctioned assassinations are politically motivated, so you have a professional targeting someone for a political foe.

There’s a fair amount of material on fanatics targeting political figures, from Hinckley’s attempt on Reagan’s life because he wanted to impress Jodie Foster… no, seriously, that was why, to the assassination of Lincoln, there is a massive range for the psychologically unstable to the politically radicalized, with a little bit of everything in between.

These guys are pretty easy to research, they get a lot of attention regardless of success or failure. I’d caution against using a master in that role, simply because the attention the hit would generate isn’t in their best interests.



How the Mafia fought racism in Mississippi,

On the of June 21st, 1964, three young civil rights workers were driving on Highway 19 in Neshoba County, Mississippi when then were suddenly and unexpectedly chased by a police car and a number of cars manned by local members of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.  The three young men were James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner (middle pictures).  They were forced off the road, removed from their cars, beaten, and then brutally shot dead.  Overnight their bodies and car disappeared.

The murder of the three civil rights workers sparked tremendous outrage among the American public.  Even supporters of segregation were shocked by the brutality.  Worse yet, little was done about the murders at first.  Most of the local police and sheriff’s department were manned by members of the KKK.  Many were directly responsible for the men’s deaths.  Under the direction of President Lyndon Johnson, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover started a massive investigation involving over 150 FBI agents.  The investigation  involved a massive search, the questioning of hundreds of persons of interest, and the offering of a $25,000 reward for any information on the murders. Regardless, the people of Neshoba County kept their mouths shut.  Hampered by the wall of silence erected by Neshoba citizens and law enforcement, the FBI had few leads and no tangible evidence. With the president breathing down his neck for results, J. Edgar Hoover reached into his bag of extra-legal tricks to make a break in the case.  Sometimes it takes fire to fight fire, and in 1960’s America there was only one organization that was more ruthless and bloodthirsty than the KKK; La Cosa Nostra, the Mafia.

The FBI contacted mafia don Carmine Persico (bottom left picture), head of the notorious Colombo crime family in New York City.  The FBI offered Persico some… favors, if Persico used some of his resources to aid the FBI.  Persico lent the FBI a few mafia thugs, as well as his head enforcer Gregory Scarpa (bottom right picture).  Affectionately known as “The Grim Reaper”, Scarpa was a career mafia assassin who also had a talent for getting tight lipped people to talk.

One of the men behind the murders was a TV salesman and klansman named Lawrence Byrd.  One day a man with a peculiar accent entered his store and bought a television.  After buying the TV, Byrd offered to carry the box to the man’s car.  As he loaded the TV into the man’s backseat, the man came up from behind him and bopped him on the back of the head with a blunt object.

When Byrd awoke, he was in a secluded location face to face with Gregory Scarpa, who had an offer he couldn’t refuse.  What followed was a “questioning session” that involved rounds of beatings and other torture.  After a few hours of questioning Byrd told all. Some say Byrd spilled the beans when Scarpa lit his blowtorch.  Others say it was when he force a gun barrel down Byrd’s throat.  Regardless, the information gleaned from Byrd amounted to a 22 page confession, giving away the location of the bodies, the men who conducted the killings, and the men who were responsible for ordering and covering up the murders. 

The bodies of the three civil rights workers were found buried at a levee on a local man’s farm.  In addition, the bodies of 8 other murdered black men were discovered.  Byrd’s information lead to the FBI uncovering more information, which led to the arrests of 21 men.  Many of the men were respected local businessman, politicians, and law enforcement officers, all were members of the White Knights of the KKK.  Because Mississippi officials refused to prosecute the men, they were charged with the federal crime of depriving a person of their civil rights (through murder).  The men were prosecuted in federal court, with most being convicted guilty.  Unfortunately, they were only charged 3-10 years for their crime, none served more than 6.  The last to be prosecuted was Edgar Ray Killen, a KKK organizer who helped plan the killings.  He was convicted of three counts of murder and sentenced to 3 consecutive 20 year prison terms in 2005.

Gregory Scarpa became an FBI informant during the 70’s.  In the 80’s an assassination attempt was made on him, which caused him to go on a massive killing spree during a war between the Colombo and Genovese families.  He was arrested and charged with murder, racketeering, theft, weapons trafficking, and a number of other charges.  He died in prison due to complications from AIDS from a tainted blood transfusion in 1994.

Mob boss Carmine Persico is currently on year 17 of his 139 year prison sentence.


Richard Kuklinski was born April 11, 1935 in a low income housing project in Jersey City. His father was a brakeman for the railroad, while his mother worked in a meat packing facility. He didn’t like his father, who beat him whenever he felt like it, for no reason whatsoever. His mother was also very abusive, striking Richard with broomsticks and other objects when he didn’t do exactly what he wanted. He was raised in a strong Catholic environment and his mother was extremely strict.

He grew up going to a Catholic grammar school and worked as an altar boy in the church. His father abandoned the family, leaving Richard on the streets to fend for himself. By the time he was sixteen, he was already reputable on the streets and took out anyone that got in his way. He once used a bar from a clothes line to severely beat six young men from a street gang that accosted him.

He expressed an unbelievable cruelty to animals. For pastimes, he would tie the tails of cats together and throw them over a clothesline to watch them tear each other apart. He would also put cats into the apartment building’s incinerator to watch them burn alive. He also took dogs up to the roof of the building to throw them off and would tie them to the bumpers of city buses.

Richard was known for being very aggressive, and didn’t hesitate to strike anyone that rubbed him the wrong way. He always carried at least two derringers and a knife on his person for protection while on the streets. He stated that his first murder was in 1949 at the age of fourteen, when he beat a bully to death. He felt terrible the first time and was very upset since the death was unintentional. However, he also felt a rush and began to love the rush and feeling of power that he got from beating other people or killing them.

By the 1960s, he had become a well known street tough and pool hustler. In 1960 he met a woman named Barbara and sought her affection delivering flowers to her door every day and buying her gifts frequently. They had three children, but he was not able to get a good enough job to support the family since he only had an eighth grade education. He worked at a film lab, where he pirated pornographic films and sold them to people connected with the Gambino Crime Family.

Soon he was doing hit jobs for the family, working with a gang that operated from the Gemini Lounge in Brooklyn. Kuklinski’s brutality allowed him to collect money from debtors, who paid with either their money or their lives. In the basement of the Gemini Lounge, bodies were hacked up and carried out wrapped in plastic to be disposed of. Because of the fear that Kuklinski inspired in people, most people repaid their debts to the family.

One man tried to hide behind a door when Kuklinski arrived, but he saw the man’s movement behind the door. When the man looked through the peephole, Kuklinski fired a gun through the peephole, killing the man. When on the job, Kuklinski pulled out all the stops and showed no mercy.

Richard sometimes used a chainsaw to dismember people while they were still alive. He described it as messy, but he was willing to do things such as remove a man’s tongue and insert it in the man’s anus to send a message across.

Richard was an expert in using cyanide (the same chemical used in gas chambers) to poison people. He would get it in liquid form and put it in their drink or merely dump it on them in a bar, where it would go through their sweat pores and go into their bloodstream, eventually killing them. His methods of disposing of bodies consisted of putting them in cars that were crushed, sides of roads, park benches, steel drums, and water bodies.

By the 1970s, Richard had become very wealthy from being a hitman. He lived in an expensive middle-class home in a good neighborhood with his wife and children. He charged at least $50,000 per hit and told his family and neighbors that he was a businessman. His wife never questioned his behavior, even though he left at odd hours and didn’t say much about his work.

His wife and children had no idea of his real occupation and to outsiders they seemed like a perfect family. He hated traveling and returned as soon as he could to be with his family as much as possible. He made sure that his family was never given the same horrible experiences that he had endured during his own childhood. He was fascinated by the loving environment he experienced with his family since he had never known such love before.

Once, while his family was celebrating on Christmas Eve, he had to go out to collect some money. The man was giving Richard the runaround and he killed the man in his car with a handgun. He returned home to his family and put toys together for his kids for Christmas while he watched the newsreel on the murder.

By the 1980s, he had become the leading man in a crime ring. On one day, Paul Hoffman, a pharmacist, met with Richard to purchase Tagament and make a profit. When Hoffman showed up carrying $25,000 in cash, Richard put the gun under his chin, said “There is no merchandise” and shot him. The shot didn’t kill Hoffman and he lay on the floor with blood pouring out, but Richard couldn’t kill him since his gun had jammed. He used a tire iron to finish him off, put his corpse in a steel drum, and left it by a hotel, where it sat for several weeks.

He became involved in pornography, narcotics, contract killing, and gambling on a worldwide scale. His hits started to get sloppy and he began leaving behind evidence, which caused the FBI and police to keep a closer eye on him.

On December 27, 1982, the body of a man named Gary Smith was found in a hotel room, poisoned with cyanide and strangled to death. Twenty people used the room before the body was found under the bed, decomposing rapidly. Since Richard had left strangulation marks, it was obvious that the man was the victim of a murder.

On September 25, 1983, the body of Louis Masgay was found in a park. Richard had frozen the body two years before dumping it to confuse the time of death, earning him the nickname iceman from investigators. Unfortunately the body wasn’t fully thawed before it was found and the forensics investigators discovered foul play was involved.

Another body was found on May 14, 1983 on a secluded bicycle trail. The man was named Daniel Deppner and was the third business associate of Richard to be found dead in the past year. After a few more months, two more bodies were found, whose last contact had been with Richard Kuklinski, implicating him in their murders. The police had been investigating him for three years and began to close their net on him.

In 1986, a task force of state, local, and federal authorities was set up solely to investigate past and current evidence possibly related to Richard Kuklinski. They found that the murders were diverse and didn’t appear to have many connections, therefore they put an undercover agent in place to gather evidence that could lead to a warrant and putting Kuklinski on trial. The agent was named Dominick Polifrone and told Kuklinski that he was also a hit man, working for wise guys in downtown New York. He recorded Kuklinski talking about his murders and offering to perform a hit for him. It became apparent to investigators that Richard was planning on killing the agent, since he was so open about his murders and past experiences with him.

On December 17, 1986, the task force set up a road block and arrested Kuklinski. It took five people to restrain the huge man and put him in a vehicle. He was charged with five murders initially and his court trial was widely televised. He confessed to all of the murders, referring to the matter as merely business. His family was totally shocked and horrified, refusing to believe that Richard was a contract killer. He was sentenced to two lifetimes in prison, making him first eligible for parole at the age of 111.

Over his lifetime, he claims to have killed over two hundred people. He says that he feels no remorse for murdering people, but probably wouldn’t do it if he didn’t have to. He says that he doesn’t think about his actions because they do bother him if he thinks about them enough. He regrets being a hit man since he now feels that he could have done something better. When he was interviewed in 1991 for a documentary, he showed little emotion, except when asked about the impact on his family, at which point he began tearing up.

Richard Kuklinski died at 1:15 AM on March 5, 2006. His death was reportedly due to natural causes, but some speculate that it was timed perfectly to prevent his testifying against Salvatore Gravano, former Gambino Family underboss.

anonymous asked:

So my character, who's a retired hitman but still practices his martial arts -such as muay tai, tae kwondo, jujitsu- and works out religiously is faced with fighting against a group of hired muscles who all differ from him in terms of body mass. How can I write this realistically and not make it seem too outlandish?

Well, not trying to collect unrelated martial arts like some kind of overly aggressive Pokemon trainer comes to mind.

Situations like this are what tactical batons and pistols are made for. A hitman is not the kind of person that’s going to be blindsided by random street thugs, no matter how awesome said thugs think they are.

A hitman is someone who, by definition, understands how fragile people are, and one that was smart enough to survive a career in that field is not going to be dumb enough to get into an unarmed brawl with shifty looking guys.

They need to have a functional grasp of threat assessment. That means knowing where someone’s likely to ambush you and not walking into that.

They need to understand that any fight they do find themselves in needs to be over as quickly as possible. That means using whatever tools are at their disposal. Fundamentally assuming your character will be mixing multiple martial arts styles together to deal with a couple opponents is missing the point. Your character has chosen to descend to their level for no legitimate reason, and it will get them killed.

Your hitman was learning skills necessary for them to do their job, that didn’t include hand to hand because the kind of exposure hand to hand kills require wouldn’t allow them to finish their career outside of a prison cell.

So, we’re back to, he’d just kill them, and move on with his day. No complex choreographed fifteen minute fight, he’d waste them, avoid them, or bait them into getting arrested. Things that wouldn’t put him in any more jeopardy.

I know our spies and assassin recommendation list varies a little, but here’s some relevant suggestions:

Ronin (1998): The characters are technically spies turned mercenary, but a lot of the basic advice, and outlook, is in line for a retired assassin.

Collateral (2004): Michael Mann’s crime films, in general, are pretty good about getting the right outlook, but Vincent (Tom Cruise) does an excellent job of presenting the kind of could, almost reptilian, view of the world you need to kill people for a living, while also demonstrating a shocking degree of competence in protecting himself, while still getting the job done.

Heat (1995): Somewhere between the two above examples. It’s a Michael Mann film with Robert De Niro. Again, this one isn’t about assassins per say, but it is about professional criminals, which is ultimately, what you’re talking about. Your character just used to kill people, instead of robbing banks.

With both Mann films, I really recommend watching them with the commentary on. There’s a real wealth of information on criminal psychology on there.