Proxy murder

murder using a middleman

A proxy murder is when a person murders on behalf of someone else. Proxy comes from the Latin word procuratio which means to take care of.

An example of this would be an assassin killing for money. Another example would be a person that convinces someone that loves them to kill another person for them. Another example was in prisons where criminals in prison would act as the executioner for people sentenced to death. Lady Betty (1750—1807) was a famous hangwoman and prisoner in the Roscommon Gaol.[1] The Nazis used proxy killings in World War II when they got prisoners to shoot Jewish prisoners instead of doing it themselves.[2] The prisoners were told if they did not do it they would be shot as well.

A documentary movie was made in 2009 looking at mass killings in the US. It is called Murder by Proxy.[3]


  1. "silentowl: Lady Betty. Public executioner". 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  2. Worley, Brian (2011). "Proxy Killing and Modern Day Slavery of the Baltic People". Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  3. "Murder By Proxy - How America Went Postal". 2010. Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011.