I could just always talk to her. She was like my friend—my best friend.
(The music warps and cuts out.)
Jordan: She got killed. And they found her on West MacArthur. And, like, whoever killed her, they tortured her. Like, they burned cigarette holes in her chest. It was horrible.
Longoria: (So quietly.) Oh my god.
Jordan: (Tearfully.) Yeah.
Longoria: She was in the fourth grade when it happened. And the murder was never solved.
Jordan: I wouldn’t sleep in my room—’cause, you know, me and her shared a room. I was scared. I slept with my mom for a whole year.
That’s when I started rebelling.
Longoria: She rebelled by skipping school and smoking weed. Eventually, she says she got out of control: shoplifting, selling drugs. She did some time in juvie.
(Slow, distorted piano music begins.)
Jordan: I thought I was grown when I still was a kid.
Longoria: And even into adulthood, she just kind of moved around the world in a sort of sleepwalk.
Jordan: Like, before I met him … You know how you can go into a dark place or, like, you could be depressed and don’t know it? You just feel tired. I didn’t think. Like, I—I basically didn’t care.
Longoria: That is ... until Douglas came along.
(The music shifts, becoming brighter and lighter. Cymbals join in.)
Jordan: Yeah. He’d be like, “Oh, I’m gonna take you somewhere.” And I’ll be like, “Where?” And be spontaneous. He’d take me to Fairyland, a place I used to go as a kid.
Longoria: One day, Douglas presented Anissa with a proposal.
(The music shifts back, seeming almost more distorted in contrast.)
Jordan: Basically, it was a plan to rob people. It was.
Longoria: And Anissa would play a key role in this plan.
Jordan: I was going to ask people for drugs and he was gonna rob them.
Jordan: He was like, “No one’s going to get hurt.” I was like, “Okay.” You know. I guess I was like, “I’m doing this for my man.”
(Now quieter, more sparse music plays softly underneath.)
Jordan: We was driving.
Longoria: May 14, 2005, the couple sets out to San Francisco by car.
Jordan: I just wasn’t feeling right all that day. I was high. I’ve been taking ecstasy pills and just, like, my mind was wore out.
I had this jittery feeling in my stomach. When we was on the freeway, something just kept telling me like, “Go home. Go home.” And I just didn’t take the warning sign.
Longoria: They arrived at TL—the Tenderloin—in San Francisco with a couple friends.
Jordan: And so we had got out and walked. And we seen two black boys with a girl—a black girl. Douglas was walking far back, and he seen them. He was just like, “Ask them right there.” I was like, “Do y’all got some ecstasy pills for sale?” And the boy was like, “No.”
Longoria: And everything went according to plan.
Jordan: That’s when him and Lenore robbed him.
Longoria: Douglas pointed a gun at them.
Jordan: And made them lay down on the ground.