5 Real Assassinations That Would Make Great Hitman Missions
3. Joe Colombo
What Really Happened: Colombo was head of one of the “Five Families,” influential Mafia organizations in New York City. As part of a plan to deflect FBI attention, he created the Italian-American Civil Rights League, which held its second annual “Italian-American Unity Day” rally in New York’s Columbus Circle on June 28th, 1971. As Colombo prepared to give a speech, he was shot at close range by an assassin diguised as a news photographer. As bystanders attempted to subdue the original gunman, a second murderer emerged from the crowd, shot the assassin, and escaped.
Hitman Style: A perfect opportunity for Hitman’s disguise mechanic to come into play. Dressed as a news photographer, players will pick their way through the huge Columbus circle crowd until they reach the speaking platform. After shooting Colombo, they have to escape before ending up dead themselves.
2. Archduke Franz Ferdinand
What Really Happened: The best-known assassination in history, with the possible exception of Caesar’s. The Archduke was travelling by car through the Austro-Hungarian-controlled Sarajevo when he was set upon by a Bosnian nationalist named Gavrilo Princip, who shot him at close range. Princip was later apprehended, but the damage was done, and the events that would lead to the first World War set in motion.
Hitman Style: First and foremost, who wouldn’t want to see a video game recreation of Sarajevo in 1914? To mirror Princip’s experience, players would have to wander the side streets until the appearance of the Archduke’s car (which, in real life, had made a wrong turn), then spring into action and escape without being captured.
1. Salvador Allende
What Really Happened: The death of Chilean president Salvador Allende is subject to a wealth of historical controversy. Though officially ruled a suicide, there are many who believe he was assassinated by an agent of General Augusto Pinochet, who was in the process of completing a military coup to control the country when Allende died in 1973.
Hitman Style: There’s not much doubt which side of history Agent 47 belongs on. In this mission, players would infiltrate the heavily defended Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago. Finding a way to catch Allende alone, they would then have to stage the assassination to look like a suicide inflicted by Allende’s AK-47, a gift from Fidel Castro himself.
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