Vampire Executioners are individuals authorized to kill vampires pursuant to a warrant of execution. The job was invented after vampires became legal, and were shortly afterwards deemed too dangerous to keep in jails. The first people to take the job were those who used to slay vampires back when they could all be killed on sight, and some of those new executioners were so trigger-happy that the government had to strip the vampire executioner credentials from some of them to hammer in the point that waiting for a warrant is really required. The message still didn't really go through until one of the vampire executioners went to jail for murder. He is still serving his sentence at the time of The Harlequin, five years later.

Most vampire executioners only kill vampires, but Anita Blake and some others also investigate and battle other supernatural beings and even the humans who serve them. As of Cerulean Sins all executioners who pass the requirements have received federal status.

Vampire executioners are initially very rare. In Bloody Bones, Anita states that she is only aware of eight living vampire executioners in the United States, two of whom are retired. Later, when they start training new marshals in classroom, the numbers go up but the general competence goes down.


  • Warrents are provided by DPEA (sometimes pronunced Dopa).
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    Federal Marshal Badge

  • Once a warrant of execution is in effect and the hunt begins a vampire executioner is legally bound to keep his kit in sight, or secured by him, or with him watching, in an area out of sight of the general public.
  • Standard clause in the warrants:
    • "Marshals are allowed to use all force up to and including deadly, if they feel that they or a civilian are in imminent and life-threatening danger, It further allows any officer with the marshal, or acting in a backup capacity to use any and all force to protect the lives of the marshal and any civilians"
  • While hunting a executioner must wear a vest and helmet.

Federal Marshal StatusEdit

After the Brewster's Law is passed all vampire executioners with two or more years of experience on the job are grandfathered into federal status, after they qualify on a shooting range. As federal marshals they are permitted to enter any preternatural crime scene, or follow a vampire or other non-human crime suspect across state lines.


As per law requirements, a vampire executioner must carry stakes and a mallet in his kit, even if they do not use them, as well as a amputation saw for easier decapitation needs, and things like garlic or rose petals to stuff into the mouth of a vampire during a morgue staking. The kit must also contain a vest and helmet, which he must use while on a hunt. The kit can also contain vials of holy water, and blessed crosses, and an assortment of firearms with silver ammo. Executioners have special "right" to use phosphorus grenades against vampires and lycanthropes.

Known ExecutionersEdit

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