The witness, Albert Clark, is an eighty-one year old African/American male. The interview was conducted at Yoknapatawpha Acres and recorded on a portable tape recorder with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective Samantha Murphy
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Albert Clark
Detective Murphy: For the record please state your name and address.
Albert Clark: My name is Albert Clark. You can call me Albert or Al or Bert. I answer to them all. This is where I live.
Detective Armstrong: A nurse reported that you wished to speak to us.
Albert Clark: This is right. Now that Mister Landrigran has been arrested, I feel safe unburdening my soul.
Detective Armstrong: Did the nursing home manager threaten you?
Albert Clark: When people are an obvious threat, they don't need to make them.
Detective Murphy: How did you feel threatened, Mr. Clark?
Albert Clark: Albert or Al or Bert. Mister Landrigran was the man in charge. Everybody here worked under his direction. That made him a very powerful person. I learned a long time ago not to cross very powerful people.
Detective Armstrong: What is it you wanted to tell us, Mr. ... Albert?
Albert Clark: Some of the employees here -- and I'm not naming names -- feel comfortable talking with an old black man. Maybe they're not sure they understand their instructions and they're afraid to ask the supervisor who can fire them. So they come to me.
Detective Armstrong: For example.
Albert Clark: For example they unpack a carton that holds twenties boxes. The packing slip says twenty boxes were ordered and shipped. But the carton only contains ten. What should they do?
Detective Murphy: And what do you tell them?
Albert Clark: I tell them that they should put the ten boxes where they go and leave the running of Yoknapatawpha Acres to Mister Landrigran.
Detective Armstrong: What do you think happened to the ten missing boxes?
Albert Clark: Are you asking what I think or are you asking what I saw with my own two eyes?
Detective Armstrong: Let's start with what you think.
Albert Clark: That Mister Landrigran, he didn't believe that his salary was commensurate with his expertise.
Detective Murphy: You think he was stealing from the nursing home.
Albert Clark: I'm not saying that he himself sliced open cartons and slipped boxes out of the building under his shirt, but then he was management.
Detective Murphy: Are you suggesting he had help?
Albert Clark: Maybe he had help. Maybe he was the help, the person who knew how to get the most for the commandeered supplies. A man like Mister Landrigran would have more connections than someone like, say, Jerry.
Detective Armstrong: So you believe that Jerry and Mr. Landrigran were stealing from the nursing home to line their own pockets.
Albert Clark: They certainly never offered to line mine.
Detective Murphy: So that's what you think. What did you see with your own two eyes?
Albert Clark: What I seen wouldn't send them to prison. Now that Jerry is dead and Mister Landrigran has been removed, I feel the time has come for me to unburden myself. A man in my position, the threat of retaliation is a powerful thing.
Detective Armstrong: Do you think that anybody else knows what you know?
Albert Clark: I can't rightly say. Not anybody here is free to just move along. I think we all understand it's not too smart to know too much.
Detective Murphy: Do you think Mr. Landrigran killed Jerry Shaw?
Albert Clark: I don't know, and I wouldn't want to accuse someone of that without knowing for sure.
Detective Armstrong: We understand. Thank you for your time.
Interview ends: 4:05 pm