What’s the line of business of this Gang?
Nothing only robbery and murder….We ain’t burglars. That ain’t no sort of style. We are highwaymen. We stop stages and carriages on the road, with masks on, and kill the people and take their watches and money.
Must we always kill the people? Oh, certainly. It’s best. Some authorities think different, but mostly it’s considered best to kill them—except some that you bring to the cave here, and keep them till they’re ransomed.
-Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn