April 22, 2028—Baltimore police yesterday arrested a mortgage loan officer for having a fleeting thought about killing his boss.
Sam Bosnac, 43, a 22-year employee of Macrobank of America, was charged with attempted murder after the neuro-tech security system in his office complex detected unusual activity in his brain. That activity occurred just after Bosnac’s supervisor, Benjamin Brenner, chastised him for approving a questionable home loan. The recording system in the building then picked up Bosnac muttering, “I’d like to kill that [expletive].”
Bosnac’s detainment marks the 17th time that a U.S. citizen has been arrested for having thoughts about harming or killing a supervisor, co-worker or spouse, according to government statistics. Baltimore Police Chief Charles Jones said such notions could have dangerous outcomes.
“It may start out relatively benign—you indulge in a whim about pushing an annoying co-worker out a 22nd story window, for example” Jones said. “But before you know it, you’ve become a serial killer. We have to prevent that from happening.”
In a press conference, Bosnac’s attorney, Tobias Simpson, called the arrest a gross invasion of privacy and accused police of blowing his client’s brain activity completely out of proportion.
“This was just a momentary fantasy about doing harm to a man whom he, for valid reasons, despised.” Simpson said. “We’ve all had moments like that. I certainly have.”
Police, interpreting Simpson’s statement as a confession, immediately arrested him on attempted murder charges.