Bonnie Atkins is a 33-year-old white female who is a nurse at the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home where the victim, Jerry Shaw, was employed. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha Sheriff's Department and was recorded on a portable audio tape recorder with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Detective Samantha Murphy
- Bonnie Atkins
Detective Armstrong: Once again state your name and address for the record.
Bonnie Atkins: Bonnie Atkins 124 Nelson Circle, Oxford. I have nothing new to tell you.
Detective Armstrong: We do. WE have heard all kinds of things about Jerry and the people he worked with. Are you sure there is nothing you would like to tell us?
Bonnie Atkins: I really have no idea what you could have heard about me and Jerry Shaw. There is nothing to tell.
Detective Murphy: Be careful Bonnie. We've heard that you and Jerry had a rather heated argument the day he died. Maybe you should tell us about it.
Bonnie Atkins: It's really no big deal. At the time I was pretty furious but it seems so trivial now.
Detective Armstrong: Ms. Atkins, Just tell us what happened. We want to hear your story. Please don't leave anything out.
Bonnie Atkins: Well, it was early that morning. I was taking a short break and decided to just rest for about 15 minutes. I went in the break room. It was empty so I lay down on the couch to just relax for a moment. I think I must have dozed off because I woke up when someone laid on me. It was Jerry, trying to kiss me. I tried to push him off but he's pretty strong so I screamed. Jerry jumped up and told me to calm down. He said he wasn't doing anything I didn't want. He was such a jerk! I told him I was going to report him for sexual harassment. He tried to kiss me again, so I slapped him.
Detective Murphy: How did he react to being slapped?
Bonnie Atkins: He said, "I like my women feisty," and then he just smiled. I said I wished he was dead. I know someone heard me because I heard the door shut but I didn't see anyone.
Detective Armstrong: Hmm, you wished him dead...and then he was. Coincidence?
Bonnie Atkins: That's why I thought it was a joke when I found him like that.
Detective Armstrong: Why did you keep this from us?
Bonnie Atkins: I was afraid. I knew it would make me stand out like a sore thumb and I wanted to stay out of it as much as possible.
Detective Armstrong: It sure makes you look guilty. You're only telling us now because you think someone else already did. That's not the behavior of an innocent person.
Bonnie Atkins: I didn't kill Jerry! You have to believe me!
Detective Armstrong: We already know that you lie. We usually don't believe liars.
Bonnie Atkins: I didn't lie. I just left out some stuff when I talked to you. You know everything now. There really is nothing else. I swear it.
Detective Murphy: Was this the first time Jerry made a pass at you?
Bonnie Atkins: Listen, I told you guys that he was a pig. I told you he said disgusting things to me. He had slapped me on the bottom a time or two but nothing like that day. I really think he would have raped me if I hadn't screamed. Once before he cornered me in a medicine closet, I thought he was going to harm me then but he only backed me up against the wall and breathed in my face. It was still very uncomfortable.
Detective Murphy: In our last interview we asked you if you ever wished Shaw dead.
Bonnie Atkins: I know, I know. I should have told you then. I was afraid how it would look. I'm so sorry I lied to you.
Detective Armstrong: You are only telling us now out of fear that we already knew. If you lied once you will lie again. Who knows what else we may uncover...
Bonnie Atkins: Nothing on me! You now know everything. I did not kill Jerry. I am not sad that he's dead but I didn't do it. I don't want to talk to you anymore about this.
Detective Murphy: You are excused, Bonnie.
Detective Armstrong: We'll let you know if we hear anything else. You can count on it.
Bonnie Atkins: You won't.
Interview ended: 2:01 pm