In 2008 as AMC’s Breaking Bad was beginning to unfold the story of Walter White and his empire, man in Alabama by the same name was being arrested. The real Walter White was arrested by authorities in Bibb County for manufacturing and trafficking meth.
In 2012, White violated his probation in Tuscaloosa County, failed to appear in court and was put on the top of most wanted list by the sheriff there. By that time, the show was one of the most popular in the country and Alabama’s real Walter White and the coincidental similarities between himself and the fictional kingpin on TV every Tuesday was big news.
“My name is Walter White and I’m a meth cook,” White said in the documentary. “For 10 years I had the best meth in Alabama. If you wanted the best meth, you had to come this way, you had to come to me.” If that doesn’t sound like the King from Breaking Bad I don’t know what else would convince you. Check out the 17 minute documentary that Vice put together.