A deep, eerie guitar tune starts to play, while the periodic table flashes across the screen while greenish/yellow smoke starts to surround the elements Br and Ba. One of the most recognizable beginnings to a television show, Breaking Bad has captivated audiences across the country. With its suspenseful story line, it has kept its audiences at the edge of their seats every Sunday night on AMC. As we all know, Breaking Bad shows how high school chemistry teacher Walter White becomes ill with terminal lung cancer, and wants to make sure that when he dies that his family is financially stable. So he teams up with a former student of his, Jesse Pinkman, and they decide to get in the business of cooking meth, which earns them millions of dollars. Some may say that creator Vince Gilligan has sculpted one of the best TV drama shows to air on television.
Throughout the series you see how Walt and Jesse cook their famous blue meth, how to dispose of dead bodies by using supplies you can get at a local home improvement store, how Mike can commit countless murders and not have any trail of evidence behind him, and the list goes on and on. For the exception of episodes towards the end of the show, if murders or other acts of crime were committed, the writer’s did an exceptional job figuring out ways to cover it all up so Hank and other law enforcers would not be able to catch Heisenberg and everyone else involved. It was executed so perfectly on the show that viewers were in awe of the outcomes of the episodes. Kind of an “omg that did not just happen!” feeling. So if it worked on TV, could these tactics work in the real world? If drug dealers, killers, or even drug users watched or heard of the show, did they think that the same things which kept Walt safe from police for so long could work for them in their lives? In other words, did Breaking Bad give criminals the right tools for never getting caught by law enforcements? Or can criminals think that how Walt did this wasn’t right, so they know how to improve his tactic and make it flawless.
In the Daily Beast, Michael Daly wrote about a story which could have been an episode straight out of Breaking Bad, but retitled “Breaking Worse.” The star of Breaking Worse is Walter White, but not Bryan Cranston’s character in the show. The 54 year old auto body shop owner’s name is Walter White and think of his business as the meth lab where Jesse and Walt cooked once they got into business with the manager of Los Pollos Hermanos. Even the television show didn’t include a father-son shootout. On December 20, 2013, White’s 23 year old son Brandon White was waiting in his car in the parking lot of the auto shop for his father. As soon as White’s pickup truck entered the parking lot, Brandon started shooting at the truck. Walter was hit and sped off leaving the scene, while Brandon and an unrecognizable man went into the shop and carried out unknown items. Brandon tried spray painting his car blue, so cops wouldn’t think that was his car Police caught up with Brandon, which described his reasoning for shooting was because there was a dispute over drug debt. Walter White was not charged with anything dealing with the shooting, and continued to deal the meth he supplied. He had men which worked for him to sell the meth he produced. These men were the Badger and Skinny Pete of this operation. However, all good things must come to an end when on March 1st; highway patrol stopped a vehicle on Interstate 90 and confiscated a quarter pound of meth and 80 grams of heroin. Similarly, on March 11, Idaho State police pulled over another male working for White and taking 3 pounds of meth along with a pound of cocaine. The following day at a dealer’s home, 6 pounds of meth, 2 pounds of cocaine, 100 grams of heroin, 3 handguns and $56,000 in cash were confiscated. When police searched the dealer’s car, 16 more guns were taken. Out of the 16, two assault rifles. To top it all off, on March 14th federal agents raided White’s body shop and confiscated the remnants of the drugs which came from a more than 32 pound order, which was sold at an earlier time. There were also 4 ounces of meth, $15,291 in cash and 2guns.
In this story, there were more drugs involved than just meth. White could have thought, since it worked out so well with just meth in the show, adding more drugs means more money for me. All of these events took place years after the premiere of Breaking Bad on AMC, so past episodes could have inspired the Montana Walter White into making millions of dollars off of many drugs. There are so many different outcomes which could have happened, but because of how the tactics were used in the show, did that buy White more time? He could have gotten busted years ago, but did him using the show as a tool keep him in business longer? In the end, people are still going to be buying and selling drugs, and Breaking Bad could be the influence behind all of the cooks and dealer's success.