"The great crime that begins the great fortune never truly goes away. The corruption that the great crime embeds in the great fortune is never excised because it cannot be. It can be glossed over, camouflaged in fancy legalisms, alibi-ed by politicians that the great fortune allows the great crime to sublet, or perfumed by charitable donations that spring from a river fouled centuries ago. But the great crime — and the corruption it spawned — is eternal in the great fortune. Nobody ever gets clean."
Criminal Minds by Charlie Pierce (via esquire)