“Leon County Chief of Detectives, Jack Poitinger, would give a deposition to the defense team in which he recalled that Ted had told him a day later he had a desire to cause great bodily harm to females. Poitinger had asked him why he had such a proclivity for stealing Volkswagens, and he’d said it was because they got good gas mileage.
“Well, come on, Ted. What else is there about it?”
“Well, you can take out the front seat”.
There was a hesitation on Ted’s part, and Poitinger said, “It might be easy to carry someone in the car that way”.
“I don’t like to use that terminology”.
The detectives and the suspect fished around for a word that would suit, and came up with “cargo”.
“It’s easier to carry cargo in them”.
“Why is it easy to carry cargo?”
“You can control it better…”
The stranger beside me
Sphere, 2019 (publicado originalmente por WW Norton en 1980)