Around here, they called him fucked up. He was real bad, Sam was. One lookâ€™id tell ya that: Cross-eyed, spike-haired, that freakin penguin tattoo on his shoulder. Ainâ€™t nothin right bout Sam, only he was always smilin. He acted real nice so ya didn’t know how bad’e was til he gotcha.
When they got’im cuffed to their table, guards called him genetically damaged.
Sam always said what he got started in a cell. More like it started in his mommaâ€™s belly. One minute, sweet little baby growin all nice and then â€“ wham! â€“ ya know? Things get outta control in a hurry. That Sam, he bad news.
Sam used ta tell us bout his momma and him, and ya know, Iâ€™m gonna spare ya the story. His momma did him real bad, thatâ€™s all ya gotta know. Genetically damaged, remember that. Iâ€™ll spare ya the nightmares.
So, ya know, from time he was a kid, that Sam was real fucked up. That crazy momma of his never teach him nothing but crazy, and â€˜fore long Sam was in deep shit. Killin little animals, settin fires, and worse. Makin a rabble, ya know.
That Sam liked to tell us bout his trouble-makin. It started real young and it ainâ€™t stopped, even now. He love to talk, that Sam. Canâ€™t ya just seeâ€™im up inâ€™is cell, up ona top bunk holdin court like a king a fuckin England? Tough shit, he thought he was, Sam. Only’is penuin tattoo didn’t add up. Heâ€™d be loud a nuf so ya’d hear him down the block. His cell couldnâ€™t even holdâ€™im. Heâ€™d be spreadin around, for sure. Seepin out.
He liked ta tell this one story bout what heâ€™d done ta get in prison ta begin with. Heâ€™d tell that goddamn story all the fuckin time, soâ€™s it got ta the point I memorized it. I used ta tellâ€™im ta write it down.
â€œThat shit oughta be a movie, Sam,â€ Iâ€™d yell. We were neighbors.
Thing is, he used ta work at the Y. Lived there too, afterâ€™is momma got carted off. He was a fuckin janitor but he ainâ€™t never clean nothin, ya know what Iâ€™m sayin. He liked ta spy on the ladies, that Sam. The time he got caught and thrown in here, he was hidin in a locker watchin the girls get dressed after Zumba, and lo and behold, some lady opened his locker.
That Sam, donâ€™t ya know he got caught withâ€™is dick inâ€™is hand in front of a dozen half-naked girls in the locker room? Damn. Itâ€™s so funny I laugh every time.
Thing is, way Sam tell it, it was funny the first time, too. Those ladies didnâ€™t scream none, nah, they busted out laughing at crazy Sam. And those ladies real strong, donâ€™t ya know. They yankedâ€™im outta the locker n tied him up with their bras.
Sam always liked ta say that when he got out heâ€™d go back and get those ladies. He wanted a haveâ€™is way with them, and he had a special fuckin plan for each one a them. Heâ€™d always be talkin about it, spreadin hate fromâ€™is cell, gettin the new guys ta laugh, gettin us angry, getting us horny. Damn you, Sam.
Thing is, Sam talked a good deal, but he ainâ€™t do nothin but spread hate like a disease, from one cell to another. Boys in there for real hard crime had more remorse than crazy Sam. And donâ€™t ya know, Sam just talked all that remorse outta them boys. By the enda the day, Samâ€™d be sure all them boys be hatin those half-naked girls. Even me.
That Sam real fucked up. I donâ€™t know why, but gettin laughed at by a buncha ladies really didâ€™im in. Every day in prison he tried to laugh it off, but damn, that Sam was never the same again.