The Murder of Crows is the sixth mission in Hitman: Blood Money. Agent 47 is assigned to kill Mark Purayah II, Angelina Mason, and Raymond Kulinsky, all members of The Crows, a rivaling organization of the International Contract Agency.
- Mark Purayah II.
- Angelina Mason
- Raymond Kulinsky
Hello, 47. The American Secretary of the Interior is being targeted for assassination at today's Mardi Gras parade. We're not sure who's behind the hit, but our client wants you to prevent it by taking out the would-be assassins.
There are three. The leader is Mark Purayah, Jr. His associates are Raymond Kulinsky and Angelina Mason. Kulinsky's a former world-class biathlete, so he's probably the trigger man. Mason is probably just recon and support. They're romantically involved and mentally unstable, so expect a violent reaction if either of them learns the other is dead.
Their whereabouts are a mystery but we've identified the payment on its way to them. The money should lead you straight to them. There'll obviously be a lot of civilians in the mix on this one, and a high-profile hit like this is bound to have backup units on site, so you'll have to be even more discreet than usual.
- Walkie talkies transmit everything - even background sound and music, which could reveal someone's location.
- Clubs usually have a back entrance for the staff.
- Bookstore walls are like paper - you can overhear what's going on next door.
- Clubs in this area are known for having hat-dress codes and music themes.
- Some private apartments have a useful view.
- Pianos can kill - especially when they are dropped from the sky.
- A guy dressed as a yellow bird checked into a hotel room a couple of hours ago.
- Kill Mark Purayah II.
- Kill Raymond Kulinsky.
- Kill Angelina Mason.
- Protect the politician (automatically accomplished when if the payment is intercepted or if Kulinsky and Mason are slain).
- Retrieve the diamonds (optional).
- SLP .40 - Carried by police officers and in weapon stash on streets.
- SLP .40 S - Carried by Mason.
- Desert Eagle - Carried by Kulinsky and Purayah.
- MP9 - Carried by yellow bird guards and in weapons crate in Purayah's hideout.
- SG552 - In Purayah's office.
- Kazo TRG - In whatever room Kulinsky is hiding.
- Kitchen knife - In the kitchens of the Blues Oyster and Latin Fever, might be used by the chef of these bars.
- Bird Guard (Yellow Bird)
- Delivery Guy (Red Bird)
- Raymond Kulinsky (Black Bird)
- Blues Costume
- Salsa Costume
- Rock Costume
Agent 47 eliminates two prominent members of The Crows, and is also able to kill Mark Purayah, a co-leader of the group.
- A "murder" is the collective noun for a group of more than one crow.
- Raymond Kulinsky will randomly spawn in one of the three clubs' upper floors.
- The New Orleans Chief of Police is named Wiggum, a reference to the cartoon The Simpsons.
- The Blues Oyster bar's name may be a reference to the first Police Academy movie, which featured a gay bar called the Blue Oyster Bar.
- It may also be a reference to the hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult
- Billy Jack (the briefcase courier) can occasionally disappear after delivering the briefcase.
- After the briefcase has been delivered, the assassins will proceed to perform their tasks.
- The suitcase can be delivered by Billy Jack or by 47, regardless of disguise (though NPCs will warn you if you are trespassing).
- If the briefcase is not delivered, however, the assassins will continue to idle by.
- The three bars in the mission are all restricted for 47 in his suit, requiring a proper disguise to enter.
- The mission takes place on October 25, 2004. However, New Orleans Mardi Gras is always celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, which itself is forty days before Easter. This means Mardis Gras season usually starts during either January, February or March.
- In the basement of the Blues Bar there's a little memorial for Rudy Menzana, one of the mob bosses from Flatline. You see a picture of him that is next to a cross.
- If you disarm Kulinsky and leave him alone he eventually walks back to Purayah’s office and chills there.
- Mason won’t follow this path since you can only disarm her SLP .40 S. She is still armed with a blade tucked underneath her sleeve that she uses to slit Cilley‘s throat.
- Mark Purayah can be sniped through the bookstore wall. If the Diamond case is intercepted (of which several opportunities to accomplish with a sedative exist) Agent 47 can bypass entering the "Big Bird's Building" altogether.
- The yellow bird suit available in the mission has also been seen in the Hitman Absolution trailer Introducing Disguises.
- The bird suit is also available in the Absolution mission One of a Kind, with its description hinting that it was actually present at this mission.
- "The Murder of Crows" mission has the most NPCs in Blood Money, though most of them don't react to your actions, killing them also doesn't add "kill" to your statistics.
- Mason starts at the Music Shop, and then the Blues Bar, to the Latino fever bar, then to the alley across Rocker's Choice, then her final stop is at Rocker's Choice before she loops back to the Music Shop and starts her path again.
- Regardless of whether or not the guard birds open fire on 47 first, the police will join in on the shooting and take no notice of the violent gunmen. It is unknown whether this is an intentionally choice of the developers or a glitch; though the latter is more likely, it seems to insinuate that there has been an agreement between the local authorities and the Crows, as they rent out two separate rooms - as well as an entire building as their base of operations - during the level.
- In total there are 127 killable NPC's people in this level (including the politican). There are six Crow security personnel and 22 policemen to be on the lookout for.
- The game counts the unarmed Delivery Guy as an enemy even though he has no aggression and his defense mechanism is to cower in fear.
- Angela Mason's SLP .40 S can easily become 47's best friend in the remaining missions. It is less complicated then 47's Silverballer and easier to use depending on the player. Since many guards use the regular SLP .40, extra ammo is very easy to come by.
- It's possible to kill everyone on the map including the "ghost people" that walk around the street.
- Scattered throughout this mission are large black X's spray painted on doors and walls. These are actual symbols that first responders used to communicate to each other during the recovery after Hurricane Katrina. Basically these symbols made it easier to know that a house has been searched.
- The Birdman guarding entrance to the Crows headquarters as well as the policemen guarding the entrances to the front doors to the Clubs WILL NOT leave their posts if they spot a weapon laying around. They will just radio in for a roving guard to pick it up instead.
- The only way to lure the Birdman guard away from the main entrence to the headquarters, is to look though keyhole at the library next to the Crows HQ. The bird guard will then run towards you and only look. Then you have free entrance to HQ, but be quick because he quickly returns to his regular post, plus the other at the street corner comes too (And the Courier if you fhaven't taken him out).
- If Mark Purayah catches you picking up the diamond briefcase while wearing the yellow or red bird outfit, you will be shot (likely for embezzlement).
- Billy Jack will never put the diamonds briefcase down until he delivers them so it is impossible to sneak in a remote mine. Furthermore if you knock Billy Jack out and a law enforcement officer revives him, he will double-time back to the bird headquarters WITHOUT the briefcase even if you left it there with him.
- If you knock out and steal the weapon from the Crow Guard who‘s in the hotel room, when he regains consciences he will go to the Bird HQ and take one of the MP9’s in the lower-level stash box. He will then proceed to walk back to his hotel room. There are only two rounds of MP9s so when he enters the HQ for the third time he will cower in fear in front of the stash box.
- If 47 is disguised as a Crow Guard and is seen with a MP9 in his hand by other Crows, they won't react (except for Billy Jack, who will cower in fear) but they will still count as witnesses.
- During the first trailers for Hitman: Absolution, a brief mission file for The Murder of Crows can briefly be seen.
|Missions in Hitman: Blood Money|
|Training||Hideout - Death of a Showman|
|Chile||A Vintage Year|
|California||Flatline - A New Life|
|New Orleans||The Murder of Crows|
|Colorado||You Better Watch Out...|
|Mississippi||Death on the Mississippi - Till Death Do Us Part|
|Las Vegas||A House of Cards - A Dance with the Devil|
|Epilogue||Amendment XXV - Requiem|