The FBI, while investigating American Nazi Bill White for uttering death threats, found a guide in White’s apartment entitled: Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors. Hey, even Nazis need technical writers.
Here’s an excerpt from this manual:
Within the pages of this book you will learn one of the most successful methods of operation used by an independent contractor. Step by step you will be taken from research to equipment selection to job preparation to successful job completion.
This paragraph, of course, raises some obvious moral questions, such as: should the phrase step by step be written as step-by-step?
Similar instructions appear on White’s website, including a topic entitled Kill Richard Warman, which states:
Warman should be drug out into the street and shot..[he] is an enemy, not just of the white race, but of all humanity and must be killed. Find him at home and let him know you agree.
Based on this excerpt, it is doubtful anyone would hire Mr. White to be on their tech writing team. First, “drug” should be “dragged”, but more importantly, this procedure does not describe exactly how to drag Warman out, an unforgivable oversight.
I would not recommend Mr. White include this excerpt or technical guide in his portfolio. It would be bound to raise an eyebrow or two.