Jack Thomson, is a 37-year-old male nurse's aide working for the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home who was interviewed 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
- Jack Thomson
Detective Armstrong: Thank you for coming in today.
Jack Thomson: Hi. That's okay. It wasn't a big surprise. As soon as I came back and heard the news about Jerry, I knew you would want to talk to everyone.
Detective Armstrong: Before we get started, what is your name and address?
Jack Thomson: I am Jack Thomson. My address is 506 N. 15th Street, here in town.
Detective Murphy: How was your vacation?
Jack Thomson: Fantastic. I saved up for years, and spent a month down in Mexico.
Detective Murphy: That was okay with your employer?
Jack Thomson: I'd saved up the time.
Detective Armstrong: What do you do at Yoknapatawpha Acres?
Jack Thomson: I'm a nurse's aide and I basically take care of whatever I'm called on to do. I've done just about everything.
Detective Armstrong: You administer injections?
Jack Thomson: Oh no, I don't do anything like that. I do whatever the nurse's don't do or don't want to do. Like bathing, moving, feeding, cleaning up after their meals, and things like that. Some of them can pretty much take care of themselves, except for what the nurse or their personal physician takes care of.
Detective Murphy: Do you enjoy your work, Mr. Thomson?
Jack Thomson: The only thing I don't like about my job is seeing the old people cry because their families don't visit them. They feel totally lost and abandoned. That's hard to live with. I comfort them as much as I can. I also try to bring them little gifts. Anything to lift their spirits and make them feel like they're cared for.
Detective Murphy: That's very nice of you.
Detective Armstrong: What about Jerry Shaw? Did he treat the patients with kindness and help them as much as possible?
Jack Thomson: Are you kidding? Jerry only cared about Jerry. He wouldn't do a darn thing unless he got paid for it. I don't know why Landrigran hired him. Jerry was not the kind of person that those old people needed. He could be cruel.
Detective Armstrong: In what way?
Jack Thomson: He would ignore them for too long when they called him to come help with something they needed. Just simple things. Nothing that was going to put him out in any way. For instance, one morning Mrs. Harbison felt sick to her stomach when breakfast was delivered and she had to skip it. After a bit when she was feeling better, she asked Jerry to please see about getting her a piece of toast that would carry her over until lunch time. Do you think he did it? No! He ignored her and I heard him laughing about it later. I took her some toast and a cup of black coffee. She was so grateful for that little gesture. She keeps telling me when she goes home she will make me a nice dinner. Bless her heart. She won't be going home, but just hoping that she will be is all that keeps her going.
Detective Armstrong: Do you know what happened to Mr. Shaw?
Jack Thomson: I've heard the talk and read the papers, but I don't really understand what happened.. I don't feel sorry for him though. Sorry, but I just can't work up any sympathy for the man.
Detective Armstrong: Do you know anyone who would wish him dead or who would actually kill him?
Jack Thomson: I would guess that any or all of the old people there could wish him dead. I can't imagine anyone doing it though.
Detective Armstrong: What about yourself? It's obvious you don't feel any great loss over his dying.
Jack Thomson: Me? I couldn't kill anyone. When my sister was raped and murdered, I thought I'd kill whoever was responsible, but then I realized that even if the guilty person had been identified, I wouldn't have been able to carry out my threat. There has to be something wrong with anyone who can just snuff out a life. That's not me.
Detective Murphy: Did the other staff at the home feel the same way about Jerry? Maybe they considered him a friend.
Jack Thomson: I don't know if he had friends there or not, but I do know that some of the staff didn't care for him, not at all. He seemed argumentative with most everyone. I heard him argue with Matt about some kind of gambling debt. Matt was really upset. I thought they were gonna end up on the floor, battling it out.
Detective Armstrong: Did you say anything to either one of them about it?
Jack Thomson: No, it really wasn't any of my business. Look, I really need to go back to work. Mr. Landrigran sort of gave me a hard time about coming in here, especially as I just got back after my vacation.
Detective Armstrong: Sure, you can go. But if you think of anything else, let us know.
Jack Thomson: I will.
Interview ended: 10:51 am