Police now believe that Jeff Locker, a distraught motivational speaker beset by debt, drove to East Harlem last July, bought condoms at a bodega, then asked a man named Kenneth Minor to kill him, for his ATM card. Minor obliged.
"I tried to choke him with the wire, but it was old and kept breaking," Minor told cops. "He told me to use the knife. He said to hold it against the steering wheel with the blade facing him. I did that, and he leaned forward into the knife three to four times while I held it . . . He then told me to move the knife over to the other side where his heart is.
"I moved the knife over and he leaned forward into it a couple of more times. At that point, he was alive and breathing heavily. I got out of the car and threw the knife."