I used to do this for a living. I worked for a traveling death squad
; my job was to make sure the marksmen's uniform
s were immaculate before each gig. An "execution style" murder
goes like this: someone
hires the contractor
to kill somebody else
, then the contractor's squad does the actual work. You have, of course, the aforementioned marksmen, with their bayonet
s. And the squad leader - the one who shouts "ready, aim... fire!"
and coordinates everything
, like the scheduling, practice sessions on the firing range, choice of uniform for the day, etc. There's the blindfolder, who (obviously) applies the blindfold
to the recipient and lights the traditional Last Cigarette
. And the video
tape unit (which sometimes included moi, with one of the boom mics, or as a go-fer in post-production), who record the whole thing for posterity (this is optional to the client
, and he/she incurs an added charge for the tape
The whole thing is quite an elaborate ceremony (sometimes "ritual execution" and "execution-style killing" are used interchangeably, as you may know); I particularly liked the dance that the blindfolder did whilst he performed the blindfolding and cigarette-lighting portion of the execution. I have some old tapes tucked away somewhere, if you'd like to see some of this.