Margery Jenkins is a 51-year-old white female and the daughter of Rose Jenkins, a resident at Yoknapatawpha Acres, the nursing home where Jerry Shaw worked prior to his death. 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
- Margery Adams
Detective Murphy: Thank you, Mrs. Adams, for taking the time to come in today. Would you please state your name and your address for the record?
Margery Adams: Yes. My name is Margery Jenkins Adams and I live at ten thirty one Dogwood Drive in Ashland, Mississippi.
Detective Murphy: Where do you work Mrs. Adams?
Margery Adams: Oh, please, call me Margery. I am employed at Farese Law Firm in Ashland. I am a paralegal.
Detective Murphy: As you probably know, we are investigating the murder of Jerry Shaw who was an orderly at the home where your mother is residing.
Margery Adams: Not any more, she isn't. I have come to take her north with me. I am absolutely disgusted with the care -- or I should say "lack of care" -- she has received at Yoknapatawpha Acres. We have paid that miserable excuse of a man way too much money. He charges extra for nearly everything and I refuse to give him another red cent!
Detective Murphy: Are you referring to Richard Landrigran?
Margery Adams: Yes. Listen to this. My mother was wearing a diaper that had been on her for so long that there were maggots in it! When they finally got around to changing it they just threw it into the trashcan in her room. That creep had the audacity to charge my mother for air freshener! Can you believe it?
Detective Murphy: How do you know that diaper was on her with the maggots? Maybe the maggots came after it was placed in the trash.
Margery Adams: I was told by one of the staff that it was on her. I will not tell you who.
Detective Armstrong: Natalie?
Margery Adams: I will neither confirm nor deny. I will tell you that Natalie did call me the day she quit and she let me know that she would not be able to ensure my mother's care anymore and that the care was unsatisfactory.
Detective Armstrong: What did you do after that phone call?
Margery Adams: I called and reserved a room in Oxford and was there that night. The next morning, I called Dr. James Franklin's office and scheduled an appointment for mother. I wanted her checked out by an independent doctor.
Detective Armstrong: How did that go?
Margery Adams: They couldn't see her until the fifth. Dr. Franklin was appalled by his findings. He advised me to remove her immediately.
Detective Murphy: Did you?
Margery Adams: Yes, I did. I have arranged for her to become a resident of Briarcrest Extended Care in Ashland. She will be admitted there in one week. Until then, she is staying with me.
Detective Armstrong: Has she by any chance had anything to say about Jerry Shaw since you took her out?
Margery Adams: She is all over the place, and it's no wonder. One thing she raves about is clocks. There wasn't one in her room, and she can't tell me what clock she means, but she talks about clocks.
Detective Murphy: Maybe some clock in her past.
Margery Adams: No, it almost seems as though she links this clock to Jerry Shaw somehow, because his name is often tangled up in what she's saying when she talks about the clock. What I don't understand is why that nursing home is still allowed to function.
Detective Armstrong: I'm sure the proper authorities are investigating the situation.
Margery Adams: Well they had better move fast, that's all I'm going to say. Every day those residents stay there is a day they receive substandard treatment.
Detective Murphy: Thank you, Mrs. Adams, for your time. Good luck with your mother.
Margery Adams: Thank you.
Interview ended: 3:49 pm