Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 9:25 am
Richard Landrigran is a 50-year-old white male and is the manager of the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home where the victim, Jerry Shaw was employed. 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
Richard D. Landrigran
Detective Armstrong: Would you please state your name and address for the record?
Richard Landrigran: Absolutely. My name is Richard Dean Landrigran and I live at 262 Woodlawn Drive, Oxford. Just down the road from the nursing home.
Detective Armstrong: Thank you for coming in. We realize you are a busy, busy man.
Richard Landrigran: What is THAT supposed to mean? Do you think I’m not busy?
Detective Armstrong: You are the manager at the Acres Nursing Home, are you not?
Richard Landrigran: You know I am, can we cut the bullsh*t and get down to what you asked me here for?
Detective Murphy: Richard, we know that Jerry Shaw was an employee of yours and we want to ask you about his work ethics. What kind of worker was he?
Richard Landrigran: That's more like it. I’d much rather talk to a pretty lady like yourself than to be harassed by Detective Armstrong here. Jerry was kind of a slacker. He did his job; he just never did it well. He was satisfied to do as little as possible.
Detective Armstrong: Sounds like he had some things in common with his boss.
Richard Landrigran: Whatever are you talking about?
Detective Armstrong: We know that you have been cited in the past for safety v iolations. The word on the street is that care at the nursing home is sub-standard and there was garbage all around the dumpster where Shaw was found dead. Wouldn't it be your job to make sure things like that didn't happen? an>
Richard Landrigran: Listen; do you have any idea how hard it is to get things done when the employees have no respect for you? I tell them what to do. I have even printed up side work sheets for the orderlies. It was actually Jerry's job to keep the area around the dumpster clean. Kind of ironic isn’t it? As for your other remark, our patients are VERY well cared for.
Detective Murphy: Tell us about the working conditions at the Acres.
Richard Landrigran: They aren't perfect. Many of our patients, I mean residents, are bedridden, and it is hard to care for them in that state. They are like babies only they weigh a whole lot more. It takes considerable strength to care for them. They also have no control over their bladders or bowels. It takes a special kind of person to be able to perform these duties. If anyone says it's an easy job they are ignorant. Sure, the place is a little run down but we are renovating as we can. It can’t all get done overnight.
Detective Murphy: Do you think it is the nursing home's fault that Jerry is dead?
Richard Landrigran: Absolutely not! I think he went out to clean the area and he had let it go too long and when he saw the mess he had to clean up he fainted. It was his own fault; he shouldn’t have let it get in that condition in the first place.
Detective Armstrong: Fainted? Was Shaw prone to fainting spells?
Richard Landrigran: No. It's just my thought.
Detective Armstrong: How did you and Shaw get along?
Richard Landrigran: We weren't best buds if that’s what you mean. We did not "hang out" after work or anything like that.
Detective Murphy: You don't seem upset that he is dead.
Richard Landrigran: I can take him or leave him. Maybe now I can hire someone who will actually do their job. I won't miss him, that's for sure.
Detective Armstrong: Do you know of anyone who would benefit from his death?
Richard Landrigran: No I do not.
Detective Murphy: Where were you during the time Jerry died?
Richard Landrigran: I was in the cafeteria from about 3:45 until Bonnie called me to repo rt that Jerry was dead. Before that I was in my office working on billing statements.
Detective Armstrong: Okay, thanks again for your time. I am sure we will meet again. Soon.
Richard Landrigran: Good day Ms. Murphy.
Interview ends: 9:55 am