"He needed killin'."
— Anonymous, often attributed to a witness to the murder of Ken McElroy.
"And it turns out he was a missing person that nobody missed at all."
—The Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye, Earl"
"They had it coming!
They had it coming!
They had it coming all along!
I didn't do it,
But if I'd done it
How could you tell me that I was wrong?"
— "The Cell Block Tango", Chicago
"If you wanna be profound,
And you really gotta justify,
Take a breath and look around,
A lot of folks deserve to die!"
— Audrey II, Little Shop of Horrors
"As some day it may happen that a victim must be found,
I've got a little list — I've got a little list
Of society offenders who might well be underground,
And who never would be missed — who never would be missed!"
— Ko-Ko, The Mikado
"I love hitmen. No matter what you do to them, you don't feel bad."
— Marv, Sin City
"When I kill, it is on the specific orders of my Government. And those I kill are themselves killers."
"I — I know it's wrong, but I'm liking our killer better than our victim."
— Lance Sweets, Bones
Tenkaichi: "However, going on the behaviour of Jirou last night it was almost like he was yelling: "Hey! I'm about to be murdered!" I couldn't bear to watch."
Banzo: "When a frivolous tight wad shows up before a great detective, nine out of ten times he's going to die."
"So I started asking myself who would want to take these guys out. And you know the first person that came to mind? Me."
— Debra Morgan, Dexter
Chief Wyatt Rash: Tell me something Cubby, you notice anything odd lately?
Cubby: You mean other than the fact that no one seems to care about this woman's death?
Chief Wyatt Rash: Along those lines.
Cubby: Hell Wyatt, I've seen people more upset over losing change in a candy machine.
"I hope at least they were jerks."
"Let's face it, Captain. Killing Jensen was a public service."
—Detective Stabler, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
"Yeah, you're special! But don't be bossy! If you keep it up, you'll end up like that guy in that movie who bossed people around, and then zombies ate him. He deserved it!"
— Lilo, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, "627"
"If you're gonna spend all that time setting up some douchebag, he needs to die horribly."
Have you heard the news that you're dead?
''"A man well hated, and in so short a space."
— Hugh Beringar, The Raven in the Foregate, which turns out to be a subversion as it was not murder but divine judgment.
"I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."
— Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs
My doctor recommends a diet high in questionable moral fiber! It aids digestion!
— Aylee, Sluggy Freelance
"Yes, they deserved to die, and I hope they burn in Hell!"
— Carl Lee Hailey, A Time to Kill
"I know who he is... [...] He's dead as a doorknob and to be perfectly honest, that jerk had what was coming to him. I hope it was painful."
— Cruise Control, Turnabout Storm
"Obviously I don't like the idea that even someone as despicable as him could get knifed in a prison yard. But I can't say I'm terrible sorry it happened."
—Abe Laeser, prosecutor, about Charlie Street's murder in death row.
Public service murder n.: the killing of a person who is perceived to be bad for a community or society.
Well, I can't take pity on men of his kind
Even though he now takes it in the behind
—Sublime, "Date Rape"
"What a pity. But still, they weren't very nice."
—Disney's version of The Little House
"Ah, quel animal! I cannot, cannot regret that he is dead!"
—M. Bouc, Murder on the Orient Express
I don't think the dude deserved it or anything. I don't wish harm on stupid people or rejoice in the harm that comes upon them. But I've searched all over for a way to feel bad for him, and I just can't find it.
"If you searched into the lives of some of these victims, you would find out that they they, themselves were the cause of their very deaths. In those cases, the so-called "victim", at some earlier time played some part in the creation of their "killer"
No-one wept for Billington-Smith. No-one mourned his passing. During the weekend he had given everyone in his family cause to wish him dead.
—Blurb for The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer
Lois: Well, yeah. But who'd be crazy enough to try?
Prisoner: What are you in for?
Prisoner: You call this a crime?!