January 23, 1993 |
Aaron "AJ" Jones, the college-educated, gun-toting street boss of the notorious Junior Black Mafia, didn't hesitate to order executions of drug rivals. After years in the fast lane of drug violence, Jones, 30, yesterday got to face the same terror as his victims: His own death. A jury ordered him to die for masterminding the plot to kill Bruce Kennedy, 30, a rival in his lovelife as well as in his $100-million drug business. The once flashy Jones, who had sported a diamond encrusted ring spelling "JBM," stood calmly in a brown suit, his white shirt opened at the collar and his hands behind his back.
November 14, 2007
IN A CITY with a real-life gun problem, ads glorifying gun violence to sell movies can be particularly sickening. So we're glad to report that some in City Hall are taking it personally and saying, "Enough is enough. " Billboards and SEPTA bus ads for the movie "Hitman" went up a few weeks ago. They show a man pointing a gun, with a nearly naked woman draped over him. According to Mayor Street's office, some police officers who saw the ads cried foul. Understandable, since many of them had probably just come back from the funeral of Officer Chuck Cassidy, killed by gunshot.
August 11, 2000 |
Jean-Pierre Melville's 1967 masterpiece Le Samourai - quoted mightily in Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog earlier this year - is one of the coolest pieces of cinema ever to come out of France. A suave, savvy take on the American gangster film, this noir tale of a hitman's night of murder - and the lengths he goes to establish an alibi - is a study of solitude, ritual and, perhaps, madness. Alain Delon, France's answer to James Dean, stars as Jef, a trenchcoated, fedora-wearing assassin who lives in a stark apartment with his boxes of cigarettes, bottles of water and caged songbird.
March 31, 1990 |
A suspected hitman linked to 14 murders and the attempted murder of four New York police officers here was nabbed in Florida yesterday after eluding New York City authorities for 18 months. Police arrested Ghandi Guzman, 22, a Colombian linked to the murder of two women in a drug-related shooting in New York City in 1988 and the attempted murder of four police officers in 1987. Guzman was nabbed by police and members of the Drug Enforcement Task Force as he drove on a state road in Dade County, said Det. Lizette Williams, a police spokeswoman.
July 16, 1992 |
An Overbrook woman was convicted by a U.S. District Court jury yesterday of trying to hire a hitman to kill her husband. The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half before finding Cecelia Wadley, 50, of the 6000 block of West Jefferson Street, guilty of using a telephone in the commission of a contract killing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Goldstein said that Wadley faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Lowell A. Reed Jr. scheduled sentencing for Sept.
November 21, 2007 |
"Hitman" looks like Hollywood's comic-book-ish replacement for the recently wrapped-up Bourne franchise. It stars Timothy Olyphant as the unstoppable programmed-to-kill assassin who finds out he's expendable, then goes on a rampage of revenge. The music is the same, and so is the European travelogue - "Hitman" bounces from Russia to Istanbul to London as its title character looks for answers while he's stalked by assassins from his own organization. The movie even gives its hero (he has no name)
September 16, 2004 |
A Bucks County lawyer, charged with hiring a hitman to kill the occupant of a house where he wanted to open a suburban sex club, has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Joseph P. Guarrasi, 38, was released on bail Friday from Bucks County prison. Judge David W. Hecker approved the release on the condition that Guarrasi enter inpatient treatment at Friends Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia. Guarrasi's defense lawyer, Richard Fink, said that condition had been met. "He is hospitalized," Fink said yesterday.
April 17, 2004 |
St. Louis forward Mike Danton was arrested yesterday in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme, the FBI said. According to a criminal complaint, Danton, 23, told a female friend that a hitman from Canada was coming to kill him and asked the woman if she knew someone who would kill the person for $10,000. The woman, identified as Katie Wolfmeyer, passed his call to another man, described as a "cooperating witness. " The FBI witness and Danton spoke again Thursday, and Danton allegedly hatched a plot where the witness could kill the "hitman" at Danton's apartment and make it look like two burglars had broken in, one being killed and the other making off with $3,000 Danton had in a safe.
August 11, 1992 |
"Diary of a Hitman" has everything you would expect in a B movie. The story of a professional killer's plans to knock off a beautiful young wife and her baby, the film is packed with beautiful bodies and violence. But look who's starring - James Belushi and, from television's "Twin Peaks," Sherilyn Fenn. Low-budget moviemakers are packing their low-concept pictures with big-name stars, bigger special effects and better scripts. "The public will not accept the low-budget movies," said Roger Corman, king of B movie classics like "Little Shop of Horrors," "Not of This Earth" and "The Terror Within.
June 12, 2009 |
A moody, mysterious hitman. A woman fleeing her abusive husband. A police detective looking for love. Their paths converge in The Merry Gentleman , a sly and surprisingly sublime little noir romance, which marks the directing debut of Michael Keaton. Keaton stars as Frank Logan, the quiet man with the telescopic rifle who makes his living killing people. But Frank's experiencing a crisis: The murder business has turned him sad, suicidal. In fact, one snowy evening, he's ready to hurl himself from a building.