'For Hire: Pro Hitman'—Mexico Investigates Killer Online Ads
Murder posts up as drug war accelerates
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2008 10:01 AM CDT
Semi-automatic handguns and revolvers are seen on top of a glass display case at John Jovino Co. on Thursday, June 26, 2008 in New York.    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – Mexican authorities are investigating a slew of online ads offering the services of a professional killer. The ads may be fake, but police are taking no chances. A recent outbreak of hitmen amidst a raging drug war has contributed to the more than 1,400 murders in Mexico this year, including some 400 police officers and public officials.

The hitman classifieds appear beside advertisements for private tuition and domestic help. In one posting, a person describing himself as an ex-military killer selling his "discreet, professional services" for $6,000. Another features an "assassin ex-military professional" guaranteeing results in 10 days or less.