While Drowning in the Desert

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called you here, okay?
    (Seventeen seconds of silence.)
    AA: Hello? Hello?
    HM: Did you take care of it?
    AA: Take care of what?
    HM: The old Jew.
    AA: Sure, okay. I took care of it, okay?
    HM: Ja , good. It’s about time you did some—
    AA: Don’t worry, okay? I scared him off.
    (Twenty-three seconds of silence.)
    HM: You did what?
    AA: I scared him away, okay? I called him up, told him maybe fire could happen at his house, you never know, okay? I told him—
    HM: You are an idiot.
    AA: No, I didn’t call him an idiot, but I—
    HM: No, I’m calling you —
    AA: No, I’m calling you, remember, okay? Anyway, I don’t think the old Jew ever is coming back.
    HM: Idiot! Moron!
    AA: Heinz, what’s the matter, okay?
    HM: You were not supposed to scare him off, you were supposed to take care of him.
    AA: I thought we didn’t like him.
    HM: No, idiot. Take care of him.
    (Thirty seconds of silence.)
    AA: You mean kill him?
    HM: I suppose I was trying to not actually say it.
    AA: Heinz, you think the phone is bugged?
    HM: No, the stupid Jew lawyer belongs to the ACLU.
    AA: Heinz, when do we get the money, okay? The insurance company stopped sending me my checks and I’m getting low on cash, okay? And I lose bundle in casino just now, okay? Damn Vegas, I—
    HM: You get the cash when you finish the job.
    AA: Heinz, the house is burned to the ground, okay?
    (Twelve seconds of silence.)
    HM: The old Jew.
    AA: You want me to burn his house to the ground?
    (Fifteen seconds of silence.)
    AA: Hello? Hello?
    HM: The old Jew saw you leave the house when you set the fire, ja?
    AA: I saw him looking out his window, okay?
    HM: So he is a witness, ja?
    AA: I guess so. It was dark, okay.
    HM: If there is a witness to setting the fire, you won’t get any money.
    AA: Okay, okay.
    HM: So you must take care of him.
    AA: But Heinz, I scared him off, okay? I don’t know where he is.
    HM: I suppose this is my point, Sami.
    AA: Ah.
    HM: Sami.
    AA: Yes, Heinz.
    HM: Find the old Jew. Find Silverstein!
    (Call terminated.)
    Then there’s this one, made on the same day I was cruising I-15 looking for Nathan myself: 14 August. From a tape made by Attorney Craig D. Schaeffer, of a conversation between Heinz Muller (HM) and Amin Abdullah (AA), and an unidentified voice (UV).
    HM: Ja , hello.
    AA: Heinz, hello.
    HM: Ja?
    AA: I’m driving on my way back from Vegas.
    HM: Ja, good.
    AA: Allah is good, Heinz, okay?
    HM: If you say so, Sami.
    AA: I see a car off the side of the road. I see an old man standing beside the car. I picked him up.
    HM: This is fascinating, Sami.
    AA: An old man, Heinz, okay? An old man.
    (Ten seconds of silence.)
    HM: An old man.
    AA: An old man, okay?
    HM: An old man.
    AA: An old man. He’s sitting here now.
    HM: What old man?
    (An unidentified voice in background of calling party.)
    UV: Ask me who’s on first?
    AA: Not now, please. I’m talking on the phone.
    UV: Ask me who’s on first?!
    AA: Who’s on first, okay?
    UV: Right.
    AA: Right’s on first.
    UV: No, who’s on first.
    AA: That’s what I ask you, okay? Who’s on first?
    HM: Hello? Hello? Sami?
    AA: What?
    UV: What’s on second.
    HM: Second? What? Who?
    UV: No, who’s on first.
    AA: I don’t know!
    UV: Third base.
    HM: What?!
    UV: What’s on second.
    AA: It’s the old man talking!
    HM: Who?!
    UV: Who’s on first.
    HM: What?
    UV: What’s on second.
    AA: I don’t know.
    UV: Third base.
    The tape goes on for quite some time but I think you get the idea. Judging by the timing of the tapes, it was about an hour later when Sami pulled off the road to let Nathan use the men’s room.
   Then:
    HM: Ja,, hello?
    AA: Heinz, it’s me.
    HM: Where is the old man? Did you take care of him?
    AA: Yes, he’s in the men’s room, okay?
    HM: You left the body in the men’s room?!
    AA: No, he went by himself. Listen, Heinz, good news! The old man didn’t recognize me so we don’t have to kill him!
    (Fifteen seconds of silence.)
    HM: He’s smarter than I thought. He

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