My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negro Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. This is my confession. If you’re watching this tape, I’m probably dead: murdered by my brother-in-law, Hank Schrader. Hank has been building a meth empire for over a year now and using me as his chemist. Shortly after my fiftieth birthday, he asked that I use my chemistry knowledge to cook methamphetamine, which he would then sell using connections that he made through his career with the DEA.
I was astounded. I always thought Hank was a very moral man, and I was particularly vulnerable at the time, something he knew and took advantage of. I was reeling from a cancer diagnosis that was poised to bankrupt my family. Hank took me on a ride-along and showed me just how much money even a small meth operation could make, and I was weak; I didn’t want my family to go into financial ruin, so I agreed.
Hank had a partner, a businessman named Gustavo Fring. Hank sold me into servitude to this man, and when I tried to quit, Fring threatened my family. I didn’t know where to turn. Eventually, Hank and Fring had a falling-out, and things escalated. Fring was able to arrange a, I guess, I guess you’d call it a hit on Hank and failed, but Hank was seriously injured, and I wound up paying his medical bills, which amounted to a little over a hundred and seventy-seven thousand dollars. Upon recovery, Hank was bent on revenge; working with a man named Hector Salamanca, he plotted to kill Fring. The bomb that he used was built by me, and he gave me no option in it.
I have often contemplated suicide, but I’m a coward. I wanted to go to the police, but I was frightened. Hank had risen to become the head of the Albuquerque DEA; to keep me in line, he took my children. For three months, he kept them. My wife had no idea of my criminal activities, was horrified to learn what I had done. I was in hell. I hated myself for what I had brought upon my family.
Recently, I’ve tried once again to quit, and in response, he gave me this. I can’t take this anymore. I live in fear every day that he will kill me, or worse, hurt my family. All I can think to do is to make this video and hope that the world will finally see this man for what he really is.