I saw an old movie a while back entitled Murder Inc. It was about a group of hired assassins employed by the mob.
They killed indiscriminately without asking why and solely for money.
I don’t think anyone is sure what the body count was, estimates run from 400 to 1000, a staggering figure.
We’ve had our own version composed of the AIM leadership and their assassins-granted their victims don’t number in the hundreds but how many victims are required before the acronym AIM stands for American Indian Murder Inc,?
I don’t believe the AIM leadership profited monetarily from the actual act of “making people disappear”, an ability Russell Means said Dennis Banks had.
I think it was something more personal, either a dislike of a person or based upon some perceived threat they wanted to silence – either way though murder is murder.
Nothing glamorous about it, nothing honorable – even less so when it comes to murdering women.
Murder Inc. was able to operate for as long as it did because it was ruthless, their reputation preceded them, it silenced people, kept them from stepping forward – a reputation the AIM leadership likewise sought to cultivate – it was understood you or a family member could disappear and they capitalized on that.
A “hit” could result merely from making someone like Crow Dog angry and being called a snitch. Proof wasn’t necessary, just the accusation was enough to send one of Banks thugs like Leonard Peltier to stick a gun in woman’s face and “interrogate” her.