Ed Harbison is a 45-year-old male, son of Magnolia Harbison nursing home resident. 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
- Ed Harbison
Detective Armstrong: Good morning, Mr. Harbison. Thank you for coming in. Like before, we need your name and address for our records.
Ed Harbison: Anything to oblige the police. I heard old Jerry got himself killed off. My name's Ed Harbison, and I live at 1620 Garfield Avenue in Oxford.
Detective Armstrong: That's correct, he was murdered. We need to ask you some more questions about the day Jerry Shaw died.
Ed Harbison: I told you all I knew the last time I was here. I don't know what else I can tell you.
Detective Murphy: Maybe there are some things that you can tell us that you failed to mention in the last interview. For instance, you failed to mention that your mother's roommate, Rose Jenkins, accused Jerry Shaw of abusing her.
Ed Harbison: Listen, I have a hard enough time listening to all my mother's complaints. I'm sure not going to pay any attention to the complaints of her roommate.
Detective Murphy: Your mother had a lot of complaints?
Ed Harbison: I can't imagine anybody is too happy to find themselves in a place like Yoknapatawpha Acres. You have your own place, your own kitchen, and your own things. You're free to just get up and take a drive. Then you're plopped into a nursing home where you're powerless. Wouldn't you complain?
Detective Armstrong: Did your mother have any complaints about Jerry Shaw in particular?
Ed Harbison: I'm sure she did. Whenever I stopped in, and I tried to stop in as much as possible, she complained about the last person who aggravated her. That only served to warm her up because then she went through the staff, one by one. It would be a miracle if my mother hadn't complained about Jerry.
Detective Armstrong: Did you ever talk to him about her complaints?
Ed Harbison: I might have said something in passing. The thing is, she has to live in that facility. If I throw my weight around, who knows what's going to happen to my mother after I leave?
Detective Murphy: Did your mother tell you that things like that happened?
Ed Harbison: No, no, no. I was just speaking in general, as to why I didn't do more about my mother's complaints. And Rose, you can never be sure that what she says has any connection to reality. Has Rose said anything significant to say about Jerry?
Detective Murphy: We're still investigating Rose's statements.
Ed Harbison: Of course, I understand. I just wouldn't focus all my energies following up on anything she might say. Her mind is in a terrible state.
Detective Murphy: We'll take that under advisement.
Detective Armstrong: The first time we talked, you said your mother complained to you that Jerry wouldn't hang her clock.
Ed Harbison: Did I? She probably did then.
Detective Armstrong: According to the timeline, your mother spoke to him about it while you were in the room.
Ed Harbison: That was a while ago, now. The complaints, they all sort of run together into one giant complaint. In one ear and out the other. If it's not the clock, it's the television or the curtains or the table or the color of the walls or the noise. I didn't want to put my mother in a nursing home, you know. I just didn't have any choice.
Detective Murphy: It sounds like you visit her anyway.
Ed Harbison: I do. I visit her as much as possible. And I do take things up with Richard Landrigran.
Detective Murphy: For example?
Ed Harbison: When my mother repeats the same complaint over and over, I have to think there's something to what she's saying, and then I would talk with him. But Landrigran, he'd always spin whatever she said, explaining that whatever she wanted was outside the contracted services. He's just like Jerry, looking to make an extra buck off the people who live there.
Detective Armstrong: Did you pay?
Ed Harbison: I knew that if I started to pay those two, the demands would never end. And what if one day they decided they wouldn't feed her unless I paid extra, and I just happened to not come in that day? No, I knew I had to draw a line. But, speaking of paying for things, I really need to get to work.
Detective Murphy: You're free to go. Thanks for your time.
Interview ended: 10:39 am