Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Catch the A train.

Darius McCollum has been arrested close to two-dozen times over the last 25 years, the most recent of which was this past November. His offenses range from impersonating a New York City transit officer, to hijacking a subway train. Yes, you're right, the New York subway runs on tracks, and McCollum could not have taken the train anywhere other than round and round-- there was no get-away, and no damage. In all of these instances, and there have been several dating back to when he was 15 years old, McCollum has taken the train along its normal route with the passengers none the wiser. McCollum suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a disorder which often includes an intense infatuation with some seemingly random area of study. McCollum's infatuation is, you guessed it, NY subway trains. Despite the diagnosis, the court system has been less than understanding, and McCollum has spent a good deal of his 41 years behind bars. In either case, four years ago Harper's published a fascinating profile of McCollum, which I was so excited to find in its full form on the Internet, that I simply had to pass it along. The formatting is kind of terrible, and it's long, but I think it's well worth it.


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