Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Novel Fodder

Not infrequently you hear the phrase "if I wrote this in a book, no one would believe it." I submit the story of The Roofman as the single best example of this I have recently come across. I can practically see the cover--and the reviews--for the novel. My favorite detail: when he was robbing fast food restaurants he would hand out coats to people before locking them in the walk-in-freezer. But you can choose your own favorite bit.


Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

He tried to rob a store that his secret hideout adjoined, then fled through the hideout (which was full of evidence) when the robbery went wrong?

How smart in some ways, yet how dumb.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

I get the feeling the only way out was through the Batcave. That said, on the principle that you don't shit where you eat, why on earth try to rob the Toys R Us, given that they had unwittingly sheltered, fed and provided amusement for him for some months.

This guy may be wily, but no one would take him for a Nobel laureate.

(Did you know UC Berkeley Nobel Laureates get their own private parking spaces on campus? Another useless factoid, presented for the amusement of the Group Mind.)

5:40 PM  

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