- a professional murderer.
- a writer or speaker who specializes indefamatory attacks, as on politicalcandidates or public officials.
- a person whose job it is to executeunpleasant tasks for a superior, asdismissing employees.
"General Reyes had long seemed a likely heir to Díaz; and under a new cover of a party, the Reyista Democrats now looked forward to a personal deal in the old style. For that, they might use Escandón's military and social connections. Chief among this group was the Organizing Club's other executive secretary, Heriberto Barrón, a notorious Reyes hatchetman."
- John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution