The witness is a 38-year-old Caucasian female. She is a certified nursing assistant at the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home. 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
- Bernice Darling
Detective Murphy: Good morning, Ms. Darling. Thank you for taking the time to come and talk with us again. Will you please state your name and address for the record.
Bernice Darling: Of course, my name is Bernice Darling and I live in Oxford Mississippi at 108 Hickory Street. Please call me Bernice.
Detective Murphy: Okay.
Bernice Darling: I heard rumors that Jerry's death wasn't an accident.
Detective Murphy: Yes, it's true. The autopsy report from the lab determined this case is now a Homicide.
Bernice Darling: Homicide! It's bad enough if Jerry's death had been an accident but murdered; that could mean someone that works with me could be a killer. That's such an awful thought.
Detective Armstrong: Murder is never a pretty thing. Bernice, the last time we spoke with you, you mentioned that you overheard Richard Landrigran and Jerry arguing. Can you tell us anything else about these arguments?
Bernice Darling: They had been arguing a lot lately. During one argument I saw Jerry shove Mr. Landrigran. I don't know what they were arguing about but sounded like a threat from Mr. Landrigran. I was surprised to see Jerry at work the next day. I was sure he was going to fire him.
Detective Murphy: Bernice at our last interview you mentioned Sylvia Powell had been seeing Jerry Shaw and had broken things off with her. Can you elaborate on this?
Bernice Darling: All I can tell you is what I told you before. I saw Jerry and Sylvia kissing. That's how I knew they were seeing each other. She was very upset and crying over the breakup.
Detective Armstrong: Bernice, you told us before that you didn't like to gossip. Anything you can tell us will be kept in confidence. We need any information you can give us to help solve this murder. Just how upset was Sylvia Powell?
Bernice Darling: Ok, I guess I did play it down some last time. I felt bad that she had been dumped but I thought she was lucky to get rid of that guy and I told her so. She was outraged that he would dump her. She said he would pay for it and she would see to it. She said he couldn't threat her this way and get by with it. She would make him pay. Oh my God! Do you think Sylvia killed Jerry?
Detective Armstrong: Bernice, at this time we have no evidence to substantiate that idea. Since this is an ongoing investigation we ask you to keep our conversation confidential. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter. We have no further questions, so you're free to go.
Bernice Darling: I most certainly will keep this to myself. I didn't like Jerry but no one deserves to have their life taken by someone else. Thank you, Detectives. I hope you catch the person that did this. Goodbye.
Interview ended: 8:27 am