you ever wanted to quit your job, leave your family behind, and take up
a life of crime? I know I haven’t, but that’s only because I’ve got a
lovely girlish face and am deathly afraid of the attention I
would no doubt receive if incarcerated. But few people are as
cowardly as me, so I’m sure many of you have fantasized about
performing a spectacular bank robbery or thumping a kindly old woman
over the head for kicks.
It’s only human I suppose. And so: Here's a little ditty for those of
you considering a life if crime.

I. To Join
A Band of Roaming Thugs

Oh Warriors

Getting Started

of the simplest ways of getting into the crime racket is by roaming the
countryside with several other like-minded individuals. You might try
to form your own gang of thugs (if you know the right sorts of people)
but usually it’s best to find an active gang and attempt to join with
them. Of course no self-respecting gang is going to let just anybody
in, so you’ll need to gain their trust and respect first. Here are a
few pointers:


Nobody likes a phony.

It’s no use following a gang around
looking sad and hoping they’ll ask you to join. Get out there and show
them what you can offer! Perhaps you could stage a knife fight in front
of them. Find a beggar who’s willing to take several deep stab
wounds to the stomach from you in exchange for a hot meal, and you're


easily impressed by rhetorical speeches they can just barely
comprehend. When you speak, speak in broad sweeping
generalizations about “them” and “you”. Speak in bold, bright tones,
using plenty of lip and tongue action. Widen your eyes while pacing
vigorously back and forth and thrusting your fist into the air. Also
consider punctuating each sentence with a racial epithet or a vague
statement which unintentionally simmers with barely-repressed

Norton Power


Havoc in “Family Friendly” Locales. What specifically is done will be
limited to your gang’s personal level of commitment to chaos, but the
bottom line is to try and “freak out” the “straight arrows”. I’ve
worked up a fun chart to help you out with some ideas.

1: Bored Misanthropes
  • Shouting indistinct vulgarities at women from moving
  • Cutting in line at waterpark
  •  Talking loudly in department store
2: Southern “Good Ol Boys” 
  •  “Hootin’ & a Hollerin” at motorists
    from truck bed
  • Deliberately upsetting display of cans in store;
    refusing to help clean
  •  Spitting derisively on sidewalk with arms
    hitched in overalls
3: Sullen Bikers
  •  Surrounding sedan on highway; whipping at
    with chains while snarling
  •  Renting videos under false name with no
    intention of returning them
  •  Tying chain to mailbox, gleefully dragging
    it behind bike down street
4: Soccer Hooligans
  • Hefting large chunks of
    concrete off overpass
  • Pinging street vendors across face with metal
  • Throwing cans of CS gas back at police, face
    swathed in bandanna
5: Wild Anarchists
  • Stomping frightened bystanders
  • Spinning Molotov cocktails across ground into
    shop entrances
  • Placing stolen car on railroad track in attempt to
    derail train
  • Throwing empty plastic bottle into garbage even
    recycling receptacle was right next to it


II. To
Become A Wild-Eyed Psychopath

Eyes Psycho

Getting Started

This field is certainly not for everyone. Before you begin down this
path, ask yourself a few basic questions:

  1. Do I possess utter contempt for humanity?
  2. Have I ever viciously strangled the life from a small
    animal in a futile attempt to satiate my bloodlust?

  3. Am I charismatic?

  4. Do
    I have a steady source of income? (for example, you might be the
    kingpin of a successful drug empire, or the son of a wealthy diplomat)

  5. Is there a history of mental illness in my family?

  6. How do I feel about being tied to a chair and pummeled by a
    police officer or masked vigilante?

  7. What would Jesus do? (Hint: Not Crime.)
    Jesus Chess

  8. Did
    your abusive alcoholic father die before you came of age, thus
    frustratingly denying you the chance to seek coldhearted revenge
    against him
    for all the pain he has caused you?

If you answered yes to three
or more of these questions, then this is probably the career choice for
you. If not, never fear: There are plenty of other jobs that would suit
you just fine. How about a banker? A caricaturist? Or maybe even a park
ranger. The possibilities in life are limited only by your imagination
(oh, and
your race).


Regardless of what you may
have seen in films, the life of a psychopath is not all glitz and
glamour. Behind every seemingly chaotic sextuple homicide/bank
robbery/arson/kidnapping, there are days of careful planning, countless
meetings, and lots of spreadsheet analysis. Also you should be sure
you’re prepared both mentally and physically to do the following sorts
of things:

  1. Potentially endangering the lives of small children and the
    elderly in
    order to prove a fairly obvious point about the selfishness of man.

    Baby Grandma

  2. Sitting in a darkened room for hours waiting for someone to
    walk through the door so you can give a speech you’ve prepared

  3. Hanging out the window of speeding car and reveling in slow
    motion as ominous music drones in the background

    Joker Window

  4. Improvising
    cheesy retorts and catchphrases. Like, as you are lowering a victim
    into a large cauldron of boiling
    soup, you might lick your lips and say something like “Before you have
    your soup tonight, perhaps you’d like to hear our specials?!” The
    victim would reply with, “The only special I’m interested in is your
    head on a platter!” So your job would be thinking of something to say
    back to that.

enough criminals for now. Don’t cry. I’m certain there’ll be a few more
articles coming up in this series any time now. Just you wait and see
what your dear old dad has in store for you.

I have created a record
of your adventures up to this point. You like to work hard, just like
your mother. But I don’t think it’s good to work too hard.

Well you should probably turn the power off instead of just
pressing reset. Good night, son.

Click! Beep-beep-beep…