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Natalie Martin 2nd follow-up interview

Now that Natalie Martin has a new job, will she reveal more of what she knows?

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 10:05 a.m.

Natalie Martin recently resigned as the head nurse at the Yoknapatawpha Acres nursing home where Jerry Shaw worked after Mr. Shaw's death. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy re-interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Natalie Martin

Detective Armstrong: Thank you for coming in again. As before, state your name and address please.

Natalie Martin: Natalie Martin, 1182 Mimosa Drive, Oxford, Mississippi.

Detective Armstrong: How'd that interview go?

Natalie Martin: It went well. I got called back for a second interview, and I start working at the hospital on Monday. I just got the offer this morning.

Detective Murphy: Congratulations. We need to go over a few things with you.

Natalie Martin: I'll answer the best I can, but I have to warn you, I will not answer any questions about Richard Landrigan.

Detective Armstrong: Why not?

Natalie Martin: I have been advised by counsel not to.

Detective Armstrong: You hired an attorney?

Natalie Martin: There's no law against that, is there?

Detective Armstrong: No, there isn't.

Detective Murphy: You told us last time that you called Margery Adams when you quit Yoknapatawpha Acres.

Natalie Martin: Yes.

Detective Murphy: Did you call the families of any other patients?

Natalie Martin: No.

Detective Murphy: Why is that?

Natalie Martin: Because I ran out of time. After I quit, I only had a few minutes before they hustled me out of there. Margery's number was the only one I had a chance to get.

Detective Armstrong: Did you know that Margery took Rose to an independent doctor?

Natalie Martin: I did not, but I'm glad she did.

Detective Armstrong: According to his findings, Rose hadn't been cared for properly for quite some time. That would include while you were still employed there.

Natalie Martin: I couldn't be everywhere and do everything.

Detective Murphy: Please, you don't have to get loud with us. You seem to have a rather quick temper.

Natalie Martin: I apologize. It's just that I worked with a bunch of lazy, uncaring people. I could tell them what should be done — even show them a hundred times how to do it — but I couldn't make them do it.

Detective Armstrong: You worked at Yoknapatawpha Acres for a good while. Was it like that the whole time you were there?

Natalie Martin: Well, the standard of excellence was never as high as it was at the hospital, but things had gotten worse recently.

Detective Armstrong: Do you know why?

Natalie Martin: I don't think my lawyer would want me to answer that.

Detective Armstrong: Can you tell us how long this decline has been going on?

Natalie Martin: I can't pinpoint it for you, but it might be safe to assume it was over the last year or so. That's all I can say without my lawyer present.

Detective Murphy: Let's talk about something a little different then. Do you know Matt Hooper?

Natalie Martin: The oxygen delivery fellow? Sure.

Detective Murphy: Do you know if there was any sort of relationship between him and Jerry?

Natalie Martin: Well, they were thick as thieves there for a while, but not as much recently.

Detective Murphy: Do you know what happened?

Natalie Martin: No. I never had time for gossip and personal nonsense. I'm sure someone else at the Acres can tell you.

Detective Murphy: Was Matt friendly with anyone else at the Acres?

Natalie Martin: I saw him chatting with Lillie quite a few times, but I don't know if they're going out together or just flirting.

Detective Murphy: Anybody else?

Natalie Martin: It's possible, but I have no idea. I only saw him a few minutes a week, if that.

Detective Armstrong: You sure you won't change your mind and talk to us about Richard Landrigan?

Natalie Martin: I'm sorry. I really can't.

Detective Armstrong: OK, then. Thank you for coming in. I have a feeling some other people will be wanting to talk to you about him soon enough.

Interview ends - 10:24 a.m.

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  • Aha! Does she know more than she's telling? Something's up with her.

  • Well, she felt she needed to lawyer up. That's new. At this point I would assume she is contemplating sueing Landrigan, but we don't know. She also displayed quite a bit of temper. Maybe Natalie isn't quite the angel of mercy we thought she was. The Detectives pointed out that some of the abuse of Rose suffered was under her watch. I would like more info on the attorney.

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