...Hm, mayhaps I wasn't clear in my banterbit, then. Sorry, I wasn't trying to imply at all that thieves in the DoM prefer killing their victims.
What I meant is that, if anything, the ONLY thing Matt would've been able to bring back was the tactics of thugs, which are painfully simplistic and of no use to thieves. Thus, effectively nothing was learned from the whole ordeal that could be passed on to Jacob. I have a somewhat odd way of talking, sorry if I confused you.
And if the bit about "They much prefer doing their job without being noticed until their hapless victim is long gone" is what did it... I meant "long gone" as in "out of the city/village/kingdom/etc", that is, once it's too late to do anything about it. Not "long gone" as in dead.
Feel free to ask if you're still confused.