Sylvia Powell is a twenty-nine-year-old, Caucasian female. She works at the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home as a registered nurse. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department and recorded on a portable tape recorder with witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective: Ted Armstrong
- Detective: Samantha Murphy
- Sylvia Powell
Detective Murphy: Good morning Ms. Powell. Please take a seat and state your name and address for the record.
Sylvia Powell: My name is Sylvia Powell and I live at 3010 Hillmont Drive, in Oxford. Call me Sylvia. I don't understand why you dragged me down here again. I don't know of anything else I can tell you about Jerry's death. I've told you everything I know.
Detective Murphy: Sylvia, we're sorry this is an inconvenience for you but this is a murder investigation and we need to ask you a few more questions.
Sylvia Powell: I'm sorry, Detectives. It's been a terrible couple weeks. We just buried Jerry and then we were told the Health Department might close down the nursing home. I don't want to lose my job.
Detective Murphy: Sylvia, we're not insensitive to your feelings but we need help in finding the person that's responsible for this murder. We were told that Jerry was helping Landrigran take money from the patients. Do you know anything about this?
Sylvia Powell: Okay, so I did know about that. But what could I do? I would lose my job if I told anyone and so I pretended I didn't know anything about it. Jerry and Richard were charging the residents extra money for things like snacks or drinks in between meals. They also made the residents pay for other things like hanging clocks or pictures.
Detective Armstrong: Did you know that Richard Landrigan was arrested and charged with fraud against the nursing home?
Sylvia Powell: I was at work when they came in and took him out in handcuffs. Landrigran deserves everything he gets. He didn't care about the residents or the people that worked there. All he cared about was how much money he could steal.
Detective Armstrong: Sylvia, in your last interview you said you weren't aware of any arguments between Richard Landrigran and Jerry Shaw. With Landrigran locked up, he can't fire you. So why don't you come straight with us and tell us what was going on between Landrigran and Jerry?
Sylvia: I guess I don't have anything to lose now. Jerry was heavy into gambling. I tried to get him to stop but he refused. I'm sure he had a problem; he would win big then turn around and bet it all. Richard was another heavy gambler and he had Jerry place several bets for him. He would win some and lose some. Not long before Jerry's death, Richard had Jerry place a bet for him for $15,000. When he lost, Richard refused to pay him back. Jerry threatened to turn Richard in for scamming money off the nursing home residents. Richard laughed in his face and told Jerry he was as guilty as he was. Jerry said he'd get his money if he had to beat it out of Richard.
Detective Armstrong: When we last spoke, you mentioned that Jerry owed Matt Hooper a large sum of money. Do you think Matt Hooper or Richard Landigran is capable of murder?
Sylvia Powell: I can't answer that. No one knows what a person is capable of.
Detective Armstrong: What about you, Sylvia? You said Jerry dumped you and didn't want you anymore. Did that make you angry enough to kill him?
Sylvia Powell: No! I didn't kill him! How can you say that? You have to believe me.
Detective Armstrong: Why should we believe you?
Sylvia Powell: Because I loved him too much to hurt him. I know what you're trying to do but I didn't kill Jerry. (sobs)
Detective Murphy: Sylvia, here's some tissues. After you've composed yourself you're free to go.
Sylvia Powell: I'm trying my best not to be angry. I know you're just doing your job. I hope you find the real killer soon.
Interview ends: 11:44 am