“Ninja work” killers convicted

| April 19, 2018 | 21 Comments

We first wrote about Joseph Hunter in 2012 when he was arrested for plotting the death of a DEA agent for his drug cartel boss. He was convicted and sentenced to twenty years for that charge in 2016. This week Hunter and two cohorts were found guilty of a contract murder in the Philippines of a real estate broker;

Prosecutors said the 52-year-old Hunter was working as a security chief for weapons and drug trafficker Paul Le Roux when he recruited Samia and Stillwell to travel from their homes in Roxboro, N.C., to the Philippines for what was called “ninja work.” They said Hunter provided firearms and silencers and told them Le Roux would pay them $35,000 a piece to get the job done.

[Adam] Samia, 43, and [Carl David] Stillwell, 50, pretended to be potential clients of the broker. While returning from a trip to the countryside outside of Manila, Samia pulled out a .22-caliber gun and killed the broker by shooting her twice in the face as she sat in the back seat of a van, prosecutors said.

After being paid, her killers were ordered back to the United States, where they were arrested in 2015.

All three are looking at life sentences. We’ve unsuccessfully tried to get a FOIA on Hunter for six years, who everyone claims to be a special forces-qualified-soldier.

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  1. mr. sharkman says:

    The entire story of Le Roux is somewhat fascinating.

    And SF or not, the lead shooter knew his business. A .22 high standard with a can is the way to go. No broken windows, no sound to be heard, especially when fired inside a vehicle.

    • RCAF-CHAIRBORNE says:

      Even without a can, .22 short is quieter than an air rifle. As, long as it is a closed breech gun as cylinder gap in a revolver negates the advantage.

      • mr. sharkman says:

        Long ago, during some weapons fam training, I got to launch some bullets from a Russian revolver that was effectively silenced.

        It was from the early 1900s, and the commies used it for assassinations until they developed and deployed some purpose-built silenced pistols in the late 1900s.

        Those pistols are tightly controlled by Russia. When the FSB or SVR wacks a Chechen exile in Turkey, they will often leave said pistols at the scene of the killing to make a point.

        • The Other Whitey says:

          The Nagant 1895, which used proprietary ammo featuring a bullet deeply recessed into the neck of the case. This extended case neck protrudes from the front of the cylinder when loaded. Each time the cylinder indexes in-line with the barrel, it slides forward, with the protruding case neck inserting into the breech. When fired, the case neck forms a gas seal with the breech. This was intended by Leon Nagant to maximize the power of a not-very-powerful round, but had the side effect of allowing his wheel gun to be suppressed.

      • Thunderstixx says:

        I have an East German, Ernst Thall Makarov 9X18 built in 1962 in the heyday of the cold war.
        This is the most well built firearm I have ever seen. I have fired well over 5K rounds through it and only God knows how many were fired before I got it.
        The chamber and barrel are chrome plated and there is nothing whatsoever wrong with it.
        Even with all those rounds downrange it has never jammed on me and I still carry it for a CCW.
        It’s small, accurate to 25 yards and never jams, couldn’t ask much more from a pistol than that.
        Those Commies certainly knew how to build a firearm back in the day, that much is certain.
        Another thing is that the guy I got it from as a gift worked for KBR and did two tours in the sandbox during the hardest days of the insurgency. He drove a gas truck and ran over at least a dozen tangoes with nefarious intent with his truck and died a few years ago from something he caught while over there.
        Schneider John, I think of you every time I see that sweet little pistol, God Bless you my brother, my very, very good friend.

  2. IS2 (SW) says:

    Rhymes with OCKSUCKER

  3. RCAF-CHAIRBORNE says:

    Is he doing time in P.I. ?

    If so, he is about to have a very bad rest of life.

    • mr. sharkman says:

      With enough money, he could live like a king in jail in the PI, until he determined he’d had enough and walk out the front gate late at night.

      And even though he’s a scumbag, he appears to be large and fit. He probably won’t have too much trouble.

      • E4 Mafia For Life. says:

        Reminds me of the neo-classic movie El Mariachi with the drug lord doing business from his jail cell and then just walking out when he felt like it.
        That movie is so awesome. Made on a budget of like $25K and a borrowed camera.

      • RCAF-CHAIRBORNE says:

        He may be big, but…..i have seen tiny Pinoys take down much bigger men that underestimate them.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Weird stuff. This is almost too weird to be anything but a novel, except that it’s real stuff.

  5. IS2 (SW) says:

    I just re-read this.

    How the fuck can he be out to be arrested for this when he was sentenced to 20 years 2 years ago? What am I missing?

  6. Dustoff says:

    We have Ninjas here in NC…who knew?

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