Steven Richardson wants to buy your eyes

The below is a work of fiction.

Back in 2006, I stumbled across one of the most horrifying things I have seen on the internet. It was a message board where people were engaged in the organ trade. In among the depressing adverts from desperate people in the third world eager to offload their kidneys, I spotted a notice from a young American man offering a kidney for sale merely on a whim. He wasn’t in any kind of desperate situation at all. It just seemed a bit of a crude and unnecessary thing to do in contrast with all the despondent pleas.

I was a student at the time, and had a bit of time on my hands, so I decided to do something equally crude and unnecessary but much more amusing.

Posing as “Steven Richardson”, a businessman who is as sadistic as he is successful, I contacted him with the intention of purchasing his eyes from him.  This is the resulting exchange.

From: Steven Richardson

To: Zachariah Newby

Hello,

I am a very wealthy but very evil man. I am not interested in your kidney, what I want to buy is both your eyes. Payment would be $500,000. This is merely for my own amusement and the eyes would not be used to benefit anyone. Price is negotiable. Please note I am not interested in just one of your eyes, I want both.

Steven Richardson

From: Zachariah Newby

To: Steven Richardson

I’m interested, if you pay half up front. Then I guess I’d give you my eyes.

But I want $700,000 to lead the life of a blind man.

Zachariah

From: Steven Richardson

To: Zachariah Newby

Zachariah,

$700,000 is acceptable. I would be willing to pay half up front. Payment would be by bank transfer after we meet in person and you are in the care of the professionals at my facility in Belize. All transportation and costs would be met by me. Once your eyes are removed the full amount would be settled.

Are these terms acceptable? If you agree I would like to put the wheels in motion as soon as possible, looking at a mid-October surgery date.

Steven Richardson

To: Steven Richardson

From: Zachariah Newby

The more I think about this: If you’re so rich, why not just buy dead bodies out of Vietnam or some other 3rd world country?  Then you could have your own entire body.  Or do you just get a thrill out of taking someone’s sight away?

However, if you are serious about this… and I can’t even fucking believe I would even seriously consider something like this… but it does make me wonder…

Zachariah

To: Zachariah Newby

From: Steven Richardson

Zachariah,

You hit the nail on the head. I have no wish for the eyes themselves other than as a memento; my goal is to take away your sight. Not just anyone’s sight either: the sight of someone in a western developed country. Of course, I don’t just want to take away your sight; I also want to destroy your physical appearance by removing your eyes, the windows into your soul. I also want to destroy your earning potential in the future. $700,000 isn’t a massive amount of money and when it runs out what work is there for a blind man?

I assure you I am entirely serious about this. I’ve had this fantasy for a number of years, I have the resources in place to make it happen, and all I need is a willing donor.

If we are to go ahead I need to ask you a number of questions:

How old are you?
Where are you presently located?
What is it you do for a living?
To what level are you educated?

Lastly, would you let us deafen you too? The price to take away both senses would rise to $1.2 million dollars. This sum is not negotiable. If that would be a problem our original deal still stands.

The operation to remove your eyes would be a simple one with very little risk of complications. You will be allowed, for one last time, to watch a favourite movie or television show. The surgeon would then cut the muscular tissue around your eyes and carefully remove them, severing the optic nerve. Your eye sockets would then be filled with a small white polymer ball, to stop them from collapsing. The surgeon is very competent, having worked in many prestigious hospitals in the UK, and is a personal friend of mine. The operation would take place in a very clean and modern operating theatre. You will be allowed to stay with us until the operation is completed, upon which you will be flown back to your home to begin your life as a blind man. As I said before, all expenses will be paid during your time with us.

The operation to deafen you, should you agree, would involve the removal of several small bones from your ear. Again you can be assured of the very best of medical care all for free.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding this matter.

Best wishes,

Steven Richardson.

To: Steven Richardson

From: Zachariah Newby

To remove the eyes of a man of the west, and close the windows of my soul!

Currently I’m 20 years old, and I live in Kentucky. I currently attend college, to be an engineer.
I would say my exact location, but I need at least one more day to seriously think about this matter.

I don’t honestly need the money all that bad. The only reason I was gonna sell my kidney was so I could move to China.  I hate being an American, and I hate living in the United States. And while my parents are well off, they don’t exactly support this cause.

And trust me; $700,000 could easily be re-invested. What kind of business are you involved in anyway? How old are you and where are you from?

Zachariah

To:  Zachariah Newby

From: Stephen Richardson

Zachariah,

If an investment of $700,000 was a sure fire way to become rich enough for a 20 year old to never work again, I’d be a billionaire 20 times over.

I asked you those questions and you were gracious enough to answer. I’d be delighted to tell you more about myself.

I’m based in Monte Carlo at the moment. I was born in Australia, and studied Economics and Mathematics at Oxford University, before moving on to manage a derivatives desk, a proprietary trading desk and a hedge fund in the 1980s and early 90s. My focus at that time was on predicting big picture trends and the effects on the currency and interest rate markets. In the mid 1990s I semi-retired and have since operated as an investor, backing some very exciting early-stage companies, mostly in the United Kingdom. Many of my unquoted companies have successfully floated on the market or have been acquired. I have possibly invested in more new UK companies than any other investor.
With a penchant for private equity investment in young high growth technology start-ups, the list of companies I have put my money in reads like the who’s who of the UK tech sector – including Amino Technology, ANT, Celoxica, Clearspeed, ARC International, Argonaut Software, IP2IPO and Wolfson Microelectronics, amongst others.

Of course, this is in the strictest confidence. I invite you to consider this offer of mine very carefully, as when the wheels are put in motion and especially after you have received the first half of the money, there really is no going back.

Best wishes,

Steven Richardson

From: Zachariah Newby

To: Steven Richardson

I agree to do it.

I do however wish to have an advance payment of $20,000 to travel in Europe for a few weeks.

You must understand that it has always been a dream of mine to visit Germany, ever since I was a child. If I went, I’d like to be able to see it. To be honest, I’ve always dreamed of going to see the Holocaust up close and personal, and stand there and see the ground where thousands were murdered.

I understand once the wheels are put in motion there is no turning back.

Zachariah

From: Steven Richardson

To: Zachariah Newby

Zachariah,

I apologise, but no money can change hands until you are under our secure care. There is too great a risk of you going missing with my money. I could however have my staff take you to Germany, I have a corporate jet. Some arrangement could be made. However the visit would be brief, one or two days at most. You would hold no money and independent travel would be impossible. The cost of the trip would be deducted from your final payment.

I’m sorry to include such a cruel and sadistic demand as a condition of this trip, but the chance of passing up the fantasy is too much to bear. If your final “sightseeing” trip is to go ahead, I would have to blind you myself with a red hot fire iron and no anaesthetic. All your burns would then be treated after a one hour period of pain, reflection and darkness. This would be done under the supervision of a medical professional to ensure no lasting damage beyond the inevitable scarring and of course the complete loss of your sight.

The risk of you disappearing with $20,000 of my money I will not take, as small a drop in the ocean it is to me. I didn’t get to where I am by being so careless. I’m sure you understand this.

Steven Richardson

To: Steven Richardson

From: Zachariah Newby

Screw the trip to Germany. How do we proceed from here?

Also how do I know for my own security this will not turn out to be something like I watched in the movie “Hostel”?

You must also be aware I have my own doubts as well. For Christ’s sakes, I’m in college right now trying to become an engineer. I know I could never make the amount of money you have amassed in your life. However, I do have somewhat of an upper middle class future for myself.

A blind engineer! I can really see that.

Lastly, I think you’re an amazing person. In some ways I look up to you. I do find you to be a little on the weird side, however I can also respect that. I did always wonder if there were people out there that really did get the thrill of doing some of the most anus things against the human being, seeing as to how I’ve sometimes had a thought here and there.

You know, when I posted that dumb thing on that organ trade message board, I only did it to see if anyone would be dumb enough to reply. I’m not poor, but for some strange reason I’m attracted to the thought of being blind. I don’t know why. You say that life will be hard. I however disagree with you. You also say I will be shunned in the public eye. That is something I must agree with you on. I would like to know what you picked my email address from the hundreds I had seen listed. I do hope we will get to meet “eye to eye”.  Before this procedure does take place. I would at least like a glimpse at the man that is about to take away the one thing people cherish most in the entire world.

You say you’re an evil man. However I will disagree with that. Fate must have made you email me I suppose, because we both think on a screwed up level. I could tell by your last email you’re a very cruel human being. I imagine you have lived out other “fantasies” as well. I’m no idiot. I would again like to stress my own personal safety. Like I said, take the eyes and nothing more. If I wake up in the afterlife, and did die a sad painful death, I will be waiting at the gates of Hell for you.

Anyways, I’m DEAD serious about this. This is no joke or nothing. It’s late at night, and I just got to rambling on. Forgive me.  Please contact with means of how we will “get this rolling”

Zachariah

To: Zachariah Newby

From: Steven Richardson

Zachariah,

You are wise to skip the trip to Germany. Although the concentration camps are quite thrilling tourist attractions, they aren’t very visually exciting. The attraction is the feeling of murder on a massive scale you can feel hanging like a heavy mist in the air, which will probably have more impact in a life of eternal darkness.

I’ve never seen the movie “Hostel”, however you can expect nothing but the best treatment. I have no intentions of killing you; the thought of you living a diminished life is my motivation. Murder is a dangerous thing to be involved in, and if I did want to kill a man I certainly wouldn’t pick an American. Your law enforcement has very long arms. Anyway, the whole killing thing I worked out of my system a long time ago. Death isn’t really as cruel a punishment as it may seem, and it’s certainly nothing in comparison to a sightless life.

You will meet me. I will be present at the operation. You will not like me however, I have a very cruel and mocking tongue which will be in stark contrast to the way I conduct myself in these emails. This is a business transaction like any other, and as we arrange it I will be businesslike. When we meet, I will mock and deride you at every turn.

I’m glad I have satisfied your curiosity about the existence of the very darkest side of humanity. Believe me, I have seen and heard about far worse things than what we are engaged in. Many of the most rich and powerful people on the planet engage in incredibly sick acts. I could tell you things about some famous names from the business world that would definitely surprise and disgust you. It is very widespread, and we never get caught.

If you wish to proceed, I shall have one of my staff meet you in a week or so. I cannot enter the US, and besides I have no wish to go to Kentucky, which sounds like a hideous redneck hole. We will arrange a back story to explain your new disability to your friends and family. We will come to some arrangement.

Where is the nearest international airport to you?

Steven Richardson

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One Response to Steven Richardson wants to buy your eyes

  1. Max says:

    I came across this website searching for information on Davecat (I’m about to interview him for my website) and wow, you are one sick, talented individual. If you have started writing on a different blog, please direct me to it.

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