I’ve known good criminals and bad cops. Bad priests, honorable thieves… You can be on one side of the law or the other. But if you make a deal with somebody, you keep your word. You can go home today with your money and never do this again. But you took something that wasn’t yours. And you sold it for a profit. You’re now a criminal. Good one, bad one? That’s up to you.
Why didn’t you tell me you had criminals in your family? I could have recommended a fantastic support group.[to Patterson]
Both criminals and cops shared a need: control. Control over actions, control over consequences, control over other people. But, mostly, they craved control over themselves.
Whenever I find myself unable to uncover a reasonable explanation for a so-called inexplicable criminal act, it only means I haven’t uncovered it yet.