Dr. Phil: Where Does Gang Money Go?
Dr. Phil has been talking to Bill, a 16-year-old gang member, and his parents Jeremy and Gina, as well as his stepmom Stephanie. Bill has admitted to be involved in a number of things including drug trafficking and killing people. Dr. Phil wondered where the money goes from those operations. Bill said that he could get money from it, but he chooses not to.
Bill said the money goes to the person who runs the gang. Bill has also borrowed money from his mom and stolen from his grandmother. Dr. Phil wondered if that was because he wasn’t very good at being a gang banger or because the money gets absorbed higher.
Stephanie said that Bill wants to go out on the streets and be wild and do whatever he wants and hurt people and then come home and watch TV and sleep in a queen-sized bed.
Dr. Phil: Gang Banger Wants Help
Bill said that he was on Dr. Phil to get help to get out of the life. He said it’s easier said than done and it’s hard to get out.
“Of course, I want to get out because I want my family to be safe, but when I get a phone call from one of my brothers or if I get a text message, something about it just makes me want to leave my family and join up with them,” he said.
Dr. Phil: Co-Parenting Struggles
He also said that he came here because his stepmom Stephanie told him to come there. Bill’s mother Gina seemed surprised to learn it wasn’t Bill’s idea. Gina said that they have a co-parenting problem because Stephanie always wants to run the show.
“Well, you know, you left me to raise your son,” she said.
“You better back up,” Gina said.
Stephanie said she didn’t understand why she was good enough to raise Gina’s son, but not good enough to talk. Gina told her to shut her mouth because that’s a different show.
Actually, it isn’t. There’s a 16-year-old boy from a privileged family running around shooting people and living in a gang. That’s a direct result of parents who failed him.
Dr. Phil: Does The Gang Really Care About Him?
Dr. Phil said that since Bill has said he has witnessed murders, committed murders, robbed houses and liquor stores, and trafficked drugs, Bill is in trouble. Even if Bill made up these stories, he really is in a gang and so someday he’s going to be in trouble.
Dr. Phil asked Bill about the sense of acceptance he feels from his gang. Bill said that he feels loved by them. Dr. Phil said that Bill told him there were three outcomes, a hospital visit, a coffin, or prison.
“If these were people that really loved and cared about you, wouldn’t they want a better outcome for you in your life?” Dr. Phil said. He also asked the reverse of that question.
Bill said that this question really made him think. He admitted that they must not care about him then. “Now I can see it, but before I didn’t. I never would have thought of it like that,” he said.
Dr. Phil said that if one of the gang members gets busted and needs to trade someone, they’ll roll over on him. He said he didn’t even have to know Bill’s fellow gang members, the history of gang life was right there in front of them.