For our episode The Bad Show, I reported a piece about a psychologist who discovered that 91 percent of men and 84 percent of women have had at least one serious homicidal fantasy. And even though I believed him — he’s a respected scientist at a big university and his finding was based on a survey of 5,000 people — I kinda wondered: Really?
So one morning before work, I took a walk through Spanish Harlem, not far from my apartment, and started asking people: Have you ever seriously thought about killing someone? Don’t worry, I said, this is totally anonymous, nobody will know who you are. Obviously, some people were freaked out by the mic and ran away. Lots of people said no, some more convincingly than others. One woman scurried behind her husband, saying: “Don’t let me get talking into that mic. I might never stop. And I might get myself arrested.” A few people told me vague stories about fleeting thoughts. And one guy told me about how his brother was murdered, and how for weeks he hunted the guy — the cops got to the killer first.
And then there was Vinny, who started telling me about one murder fantasy, and then all of a sudden, he was telling me a second one. So here’s that tape. I think you’ll like the second story, which sounds like it’s straight out of a scene from The Wire.