Drugs, Guns, and Organised Crime: A Case Study of the Journeyman Hitman

  • Mohammed RahmanEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society book series (PSRCS)


This chapter explores the 2010 assassination of Richard Deakin that was executed by David Harrison in Chasetown, West Midlands. The case study uses this murder to consider those contract killings which have been described as the work of ‘Journeymen’ hitmen (MacIntyre et al. in The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 53: 325–340, 2014). In the previous chapter, I stated that there has been little academic research about ‘hitmen’ and the phenomenon of ‘contract killing’, with Schlesinger (Journal of Forensic Science 46: 295, 2001) forced to describe this form of murder as a ‘poorly understood type of homicide’. In this chapter, the tragic murder of Richard is used to reflect on criminal interactions in organised crime within the West Midlands and the nexus that organised crime has with fatal violence.


Case study Contract killing David Harrison Drugs Entrepreneurship Guns Hitman/Hitmen History Homicide Interviews John Anslow Journeyman Murder Narratives Nexis Organised crime Richard Deakin Typology Violence West Midlands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK

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