News came today that Ryan Walker Grant, the owner of the Flashdancer strip club in Arlington, was indicted in a murder-for-hire plot. He allegedly paid a confidential DEA informant to arrange the killing of Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. He specifically requested that the assassin be someone from Mexico.
What most caught my attention in the original affidavit against Grant was the way in which he described the services he needed.
Grant stated, “I really need somebody to take a vacation up here to do a job from down south man.” Grant gave an example that if a movie was playing in Miami then a person from Cuba would fly to Miami to watch the movie, and after watching the movie, that person would go back to Cuba and never come back to Miami. Through conducting this investigation and confidential source information, law enforcement officers have learned that Grant often speaks in code and uses the term “watch a movie” to mean “have someone murdered.”
Is there some hidden bit of philosophy in his choice of euphemism? Does Grant believe that each of us dies a little inside when we spend hours sitting in the dark, surrounded by strangers, and become passive observers of life rather than active players?
Of course not. But, forgive me for being inexperienced in the ways of speaking in code lest the Feds be listening in, shouldn’t your description be at least somewhat plausible, to avoid suspicion? Why would anyone travel from Cuba to Miami to see a movie? Surely someone there has access to BitTorrent?