Saturday, April 30, 2011

5 Notorious Assassins

        With the Assassin's Creed games, the hype about the ways of the assassins increased exponentially. Right now, we are going to go over some of the greatest ones in history, both modern and ancient. These men have changed the face of history single handed. 

5: John Wilkes Booth
        The killer of Abraham Lincoln, Booth was a confederate spy also considered a renown actor. He conspired with some members of the confederate army, and was the only one who successfully carried out the plot. While Lincoln was first to be kidnapped, but after a few acts of war, and some fury. Lincoln was to be assassinated. He even had a nightmare, a premonition, about his funeral. Booth knew his way around the theater, and found that the guard had left the presidential box. He waited for the right moment, when the laughter would drown out the sound of a gunshot, and fired a single gunshot into the back of Lincoln's head. He successfully fled away.

4: Mark David Chapman
        Some people will instantly recognize this man as the one who killed John Lennon. He went to New York in 1980, planning to kill Lennon. He saw a movie which inspired him and made him snap out of his obsession. He was going to go to a psychiatrist, but instead went back to New York. He offered cocaine to a taxi driver. It took him various days to get to catch Lennon walking with Yoko Ono to his apartment, and when he did, he fired with .38 hollow point revolver shots, hitting Lennon four times. He is currently imprisoned at the Attica Correctional Facility, in Attica, New York.

3: Felix Yusopov
        The assassin of Rasputin, this one's a very wierd story. Rasputin had been previously attacked by a prostitute, having had his abdomen cut with a knife. His entrails hung out, but with surgery, he was healed. First, Rasputin was served cakes and red wine with a massive amount of cyanide. He was unaffected, but had ingested enough poison to kill five men. The men were anxious, as they wouldn't have time to hide the body. Yusopov went and shot his back with a revolver. He'd left without his coat on, and went back to the palace to retrieve it and check on the body. Suddenly, Rasputin springed up, whispered "You bad boy" and started strangling Felix. In that moment the others entered the room and started shooting at Rasputin. After being hit three times in the back, he fell, and started getting back up. They hit him with clubs, and mutilated his penis. He was bound and thrown into the icy Neva River. There, he broke out of his bounds and drowned. He had a bullet wound in his forehead, and the guy drowned.

2: Lee Harvey Oswald
        The killer of John F. Kennedey. While JFK was in Dallas, entering Dealy Plaza, three shots were fired. Mrs. Conally said that after hearing the first shot, Kennedey's hands were already clutching his throat. Here's the description of the bullet that landed on him: "...as President Kennedy waved to the crowds on his right with his right arm upraised on the side of the limo, a shot entered his upper back, penetrated his neck, slightly damaged a spinal vertebra and the top of his right lung, exited his throat nearly centerline just beneath his Adam's apple, then nicked the left side of his suit tie knot. He then raised his elbows and clenched his fists in front of his face and neck, then leaned forward and towards his left. Mrs. Kennedy (already facing him) then put her arms around him in concern"

1: Brutus
        The most notorious assassin in all of history, Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger was a politician of the late Roman Republic and a friend of Julius Caesar. He conspired with Gaiuss, and other men, calling themselves the Liberatores. The day of the assassination, the Liberatores organized a gladiatorial event. Marcus Aurelius had learned about the conspiracy and tried to intercept Julius, but the senators intercepted Caesar first. Had he arrived while the assassination was ongoing, he would have been a great for for the senators, as he was a war veteran and much younger. Caesar was stabbed 23 times. Caesar's last words were "Et tu, brute? Then fall, Caesar". The aftermath of the Assassination: The fall of the Roman Republic, and the beggining of the Roman Empire.

       So, those are some of the most notorious assassins in history. Each one of these changed history in their own ways. Who knows what the world would have been without them, but really, we'll never know...