Seppuku is a ruby cmdline utility that simplifies killing running processes. Just specify the kill level and program name with the command-line switches; Seppuku will prompt you whether you'd like to kill all listed matches or if you'd like to pick and choose.
seppuku -h Usage: seppuku [options] -n, --name NAME Process name within ps table -l, --level LEVEL Kill level for operation -h, --help Show this screen
sudo seppuku -l 9 -n program_name
gem install seppuku
should work with most distros. tested with bsd and debian.