From Russia, With Laziness
The following is an actual e-mail received by City Paper last week.
Published: October 19, 2011
Subject: Baltimore contacts needed
I am a correspondent with RTTV, based in Washington DC. I found your email on the website. I am currently working on a story from Baltimore and need some help.
So, here is what I need: ideally some black family surviving on food stamps with no prospects for a brighter future (no money to send the kids to a college, no money to buy a descent house). Or, in other words people on the edge. I basically would need those, who are a third generation living in the US, probably with some criminal records (for stealing, selling drugs, violence, prostitution etc). I mean, the guys who has little option to prosper due to them being born, as they say, “in a wrong family.” Also a social worker, who knows the situation on the ground, who meets with the people on daily basis is needed. I am also looking for Melvin Williams, an ex-drug dealer who served his time in prison for the crime and later on switched sides. He also appeared in The Wires episodes by HBO (must be a well-known person in your area). His comment would contribute greatly to my story. And, finally, the Wires producer David Simon is wanted.
If you can help me with those (or any of those), I would deeply appreciate your help. Here is my mobile phoneno [“phoneno” redacted]
Looking forward to hearing from you,