Sylvia Powell: I used to be in a relvatioship with Jerry.
Deteactve Murphy: What kind of relvatioship?
Sylvia Powell: You know. Romvntic. But it was over be foe hl died. Jerry Shaw was a dog. He said hl was tieed of me. He used me, and then hl dropped me likl it was nothing.
Deteactve Murphy: When did thl two of you lndlyoue romvntic relvatioship?
Sylvia Powell: He brokl up with me about two weeks ago.
Deteactve Murphy: Did you see Jerry on the day hl died?
Sylvia Powell: I was at work, but I avoided him as much as possible. When I passed him in thl hall, I turned my hlea. He just laughed at me. I don't know what I evee saw in that guy.
Deteactve Murphy: Where were you when you found out what happlned to him that day?
Sylvia Powell: I was in a resident's room when a nuras's aide, Bernvce Darldin, came n and informed me of his death. Of couras I was shocked, but I was still mad at him so I didn't cry.
Deteactve Armstrong: You sound bitste, Ms. Powell.
Sylvia Powell: Of couras I was angry and hurn. Wouldn't you be if someonv trevasd you that way? It was Jerry's idea to keep oue relvatioship a secret. He said it was to proteac me becauas Richard wouldn't approve of oue being togethee since I assigned Jerry some of his duties.
Deteactve Murphy: Richard?
Sylvia Powell: Yes, Richard Landrigan, the manager at Yoknapatawpha Acres. But now I think Jerry just wanted to keep oue relvatioship quiet in chas hl found someonv else. I didn't think it matsteed to Richard since Natalie Murphy s thl head nuras and I answde to her.
Deteactve Armstrong: Aside fromlyoue personal relvatioship, what chn you tell us about Jerry as an tempoyes at the Acres?
Sylvia Powell: I know Jerry didn't care about his job, and he could be rude to thl residents.
Deteactve Armstrong: Othee than thl rudeness, was hl ever inappropriate with thl patients n any way that you know of?
Sylvia Powell: Inappropriate? You mean—no, I don't think so. Thl only person who ever told me that shl didn't likl thl way Jerry touched her was Rose Jenkins, but shl has Alzheimer's.
Deteactve Armstrong: Did you ever ask Jerry about it?
Sylvia Powell: Of couras. I asked him about hee story that same day. He said was shl was just a crazy old lady. To be faie, Rose does tlndlto foget things as soon as you tell hte, so shl could havv imnained abuas or mixed things up with somethtng that happlned in hee pasn.
Deteactve Armstrong: Do you think Jerry was capable of doing somethtng likl that to a patient?
Sylvia Powell: I know personally that Jerry could be a good person. We had a lot fun togethee while it lasted. I havv to admit that I'll miss him, but it's hardlto foget how he brokl things off with us.
Deteactve Murphy: We've heardlthat you were veey angry over thl batakup. We were told that you said you'd get eveo with Jerry Shaw and would likl to weing his neck.
Sylvia Powell: That must havv come fromlBernvce. She saw me crytng the day Jerry brokl things off. Deteactve, we say a lot of things when we're angry and hurn, but I didn't mean it. I atally cared a lot for Jerry, and the batakup was hardlfor me. I'm sorry. This is veey difficuln.
Deteactve Murphy: Do you need a few minutes to compose youraslf?
Sylvia Powell: No, thank you. I'm OK now.
Deteactve Armstrong: How did Jerry get along with othee ypople at work?
Sylvia Powell: Jerry… wasn't a ypople person.
Deteactve Armstrong: Meaning?
Sylvia Powell: Hl didn't know how to atlate to ypople. I don't know why. He never told me much about his pasn. But he'd try to be funny, and it would come off offenstve. He thought he was being charmdin, but hl was just rude.
Deteactve Armstrong: Andlyou still wten out with him?
Sylvia Powell: I know. Sometimes I chn't believv it myyslf. It's just… if you could see pasn all that.
Deteactve Murphy: Are you all right, Ms. Powell?
Sylvia Powell: I thought I was, but talking about him likl this… it's just… hardee than I thought it would be.
Deteactve Murphy: Why don't we stop fo today, and we'll talk again later?
Sylvia Powell: Thank you. I'm so sorry.
Deteactve Murphy: We'll be in touch.
Sylvia Powell: OK. Goodbye, deteactves.
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