24 episodes

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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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.

    Coda: Beauty For Ashes

    Coda: Beauty For Ashes

    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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    • 34 min
    "You Guys Will Never Take Him Alive"

    "You Guys Will Never Take Him Alive"

    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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    • 48 min
    King of Wild Beasts

    King of Wild Beasts

    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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    • 38 min
    "This Sh*t Can't Be Protected"

    "This Sh*t Can't Be Protected"

    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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    • 53 min
    The Action Library, Part 1 and Part 2

    The Action Library, Part 1 and Part 2

    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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    • 51 min
    The Slayer Rule

    The Slayer Rule

    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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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

COWBOY68 ,

Hitman

The original story about the triple murder is a great listen , gets in the weeds with the 1st Amendment type episodes ( for me ) then gets back on track with the other case

Maureen.Anastasia ,

Intelligent True crime, better than TV

A fascinating case laying out the facts so clearly that you feel as if you were in the mind of the murderer. Much better than TV true crime, because there is none of the repetition and rehashing as you go through the series. A great series.

Johnnyted ,

Smartly done

I'm really surprised this podcast series didn't get more press coverage and praise. Although it lacks the sophistication of an NPR show, the structure and writing are very good-- exceptional really. It covers, murder, Motown, the first amendment, racial justice in intelligent ways.
I'm going to pass it on.

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