5 Real Assassinations That Would Make Great Hitman Missions
With Hitman: Absolution out today, I’ve got assassination on the brain. So much so, in fact, that Absolution reviewer Ross Lincoln (see his take here) and I put our heads together to think hard about assassinations. Both being keen students of history, politics, and current events, we came up with five real-life assassinations that could have (or should have) involved Agent 47. Since Assassin’s Creed has the pre-modern era on lock, the following true events are limited to the 20th century.
5. Reinhard Heydrich
What Really Happened: Heydrich was the most terrifying kind of Nazi, an absolute believe in German racial purity one of the principle architects of the Holocaust. Even Hitler called him “the man with the iron heart.” In 1942, British Intelligence learned that Heydrich was planning to leave his headquarters in Czechoslovakia and travel to Berlin for a meeting with the Fuhrer. It dropped two SOE-trained Czech commandos by parachute, who waylaid the Nazi official’s open-topped car at a particular intersection in the Prague suburbs, where his car would have to slow to make a hairpin turn. Though their machine-gun jammed, a converted anti-tank mine lobbed at the rear of the car wounded Heydrich, who later died.
Hitman Style: The mission could begin with the paradrop, and continue with a careful effort to sneak through WWII-era Prague undetected. Precise timing and positioning would be required to successfully intercept Heydrich’s open-top Mercedes, and a random die roll could determine whether or not players would have to resort to other measures after a gun jam.
4. Leon Trotsky
What Really Happened: Living in exile in Mexico, Trotsky had already survived one attempt on his life by Stalinist assassins. On the 20th of August, 1940, Soviet secret agent Ramon Mercader, who had infiltrated Trotsky’s inner circle, crept up behind him and hit him in the back of the head with an ice axe. Though Trotsky survived for another day, long enough to dissuade his bodyguards from killing Mercader, he eventually died from blood loss.
Hitman Style: The first part of the mission would involve ingratiating yourself among Trotsky’s inner circle of friends, acolytes, and political collaborators. When it comes time to do the deed, Agent 47 would have to evade bodyguards on the way into the target’s study, then dispatch him with a blow from the ice-axe better-aimed than the one delivered by Mercader. Bonus points for escaping undetected, which the real murderer didn’t manage.