Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.
The detectives spoke to Meg Lancaster to find out what she had to say about Elliott Owens' recent allegation that Annette Wyatt was the person giving information to Pearce Brokers and whether that could have been a motive for Wyatt's murder. Detectives Murphy and Parker interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective E. Parker
- Detective S. Murphy
- Meg Lancaster
Detective Parker: Ms. Lancaster, if you recall, I’m Detective Parker and this is Detective Murphy.
Detective Murphy: Thanks for coming in to talk to us again, Meg. As before, state your name and address for the record.
Meg Lancaster: My name is Meg Lancaster, and I live at 15 Beauregard Circle.
Detective Parker: So, how’ve you been?
Meg Lancaster: Pretty good. I can’t complain.
Detective Murphy: Things getting back to normal around the office?
Meg Lancaster: I don’t know if they’ll ever be back to normal. Everyone’s on edge, and it just isn’t the same.
Detective Parker: How are things different?
Meg Lancaster: Tension. I can feel it in the air. I’ve invited everyone to try yoga. It would really help with the stress and guilt we’re all feeling.
Detective Murphy: Guilt? What do you have to be guilty about, Meg?
Meg Lancaster: Goodness, not just me. I mean, we all feel bad. Just–I think we’ve all just wondered what we could have done or said that would’ve changed things.
Detective Murphy: Listen, Meg, Annette Wyatt was murdered in cold blood in your office. How could anyone change that?
Meg Lancaster: I don’t know. I think about it all the time. You know, the “what- ifs.”
Detective Murphy: You can’t change the past, and it’s unhealthy to dwell on it.
Meg Lancaster: Oh, believe me. I know that.
Detective Parker: There’s been some speculation that Ms. Wyatt could’ve been the mole. How do you feel about that?
Meg Lancaster: It’s possible, but we’ll never know. Annette took that information with her.
Detective Murphy: Let me reword the question, Meg. Do you think Ms. Wyatt might have been the leak?
Meg Lancaster: Actually, I think she probably was. I mean, we haven’t lost any customers to Pearce since her death.
Detective Parker: Interesting. Did you suspect that she could’ve been the leak from the beginning?
Meg Lancaster: No. Actually, I never suspected her. She actually probably would’ve been my last choice.
Detective Parker: In fact, you thought it was Sofia Church, didn’t you?
Meg Lancaster: I did. I don’t suspect her anymore.
Detective Murphy: If it was Sofia Church or anyone else, perhaps they’re just lying low for awhile.
Meg Lancaster: I suppose. I hadn’t really thought of that. Chad's always telling me I'm too trusting of people and that I should be a little more suspicious. But that's just not how my mind works.
Detective Murphy: Did you know that Annette Wyatt was going to leave the Harte Agency and go to work for Pearce?
Meg Lancaster: No.
Detective Murphy: This doesn’t surprise you?
Meg Lancaster: After the accident, nothing shocks me.
Detective Parker: Accident? What accident?
Meg Lancaster: Annette’s death. I just– I hate the word “murder.” Even saying it puts negative energy out there.
Detective Parker: Do you think anyone else may have suspected that Annette was going to leave the Harte Agency?
Meg Lancaster: Looking back on it, I wonder if maybe Jeff had his suspicions. I mean, maybe he had her look for the spy just to see if she would reconsider or change her mind. I don’t know. It’s just a thought.
Detective Murphy: You think that Mr. Harte would have given her another chance if she’d come clean?
Meg Lancaster: Yes, she was that good at her job.
Detective Parker: How do you think your co-workers would have reacted if they had found out she was the mole?
Meg Lancaster: I don’t think they would have believed it. It’s hard to wrap your head around.
Detective Murphy: Let’s go back to the night of the… murder. You said that your boyfriend took you out for dinner and drinks that night. Is that correct?
Meg Lancaster: Yes.
Detective Parker: What time did you two part company?
Meg Lancaster: I don’t know the exact time. 8:30? Maybe a little later?
Detective Murphy: Did he take you home at 8:30?
Meg Lancaster: No, we drove separately to save time.
Detective Parker: He told us that you said you had some work to do. Is that true?
Meg Lancaster: Yes, it’s true. I had every intention of going in and working on some folders for Monday morning’s sales meeting, but the moon… it was calling me, and I decided just to go enjoy the beauty instead.
Detective Murphy: Your original plan was to “go in.” Does that mean to the office?
Meg Lancaster: Uh-huh. I usually go and do folders in the office. I don’t have to do it. I just, you know. It makes everybody’s life a little easier around the workplace. After moonbathing all night, I had every intention of going in on Sunday and finishing up everything.
Detective Murphy: Did you go in on Sunday?
Meg Lancaster: No. I wasn’t feeling well, and I decided to stay home instead. I think it was the sushi.
Detective Parker: OK, so let’s break this down. You left your boyfriend, Chad, at about 8:30 at night. And as far as we can tell, no one has seen you nor spoken to you since that time all the way until Monday morning.
Meg Lancaster: Jeff. Jeff Harte called me Sunday to tell me about Annette. I also talked to Chad for a little bit on the phone.
Detective Murphy: Yes, but you have no alibi for the time that the actual murder occurred.
Meg Lancaster: You– you think I killed her? That I could take the life of another human being? My motto is “Harm none.” It’s not even possible. Surely you wouldn’t think that. I’m a good person. I don’t even kill spiders! I mean, why would I – I cherish the life of any form.
Detective Parker: We have to ask the tough questions, Meg. If you’re innocent, this will all pan out.
Meg Lancaster: But you’re right. I don’t have an alibi. I do the same thing every weekend. I’ve never needed an alibi before. I don’t know what to do. This really scares me.
Detective Parker: Can you think of anyone who could’ve possibly seen you after you and Chad parted?
Meg Lancaster: No.
Detective Parker: OK then. Let’s talk about the nail gun.
Meg Lancaster: OK.
Detective Murphy: You said that you never used the nail gun. So what if we told you that we found your fingerprints on it? How would you feel about that?
Meg Lancaster: I wouldn’t be surprised if you did. I never used it the gun. I put it away on several occasions. I’d be more alarmed if my fingerprints weren’t on the gun. I would assume that somebody had wiped them off.
Detective Murphy: You watch a lot of Law & Order? Read mystery books or something? You came up with that answer pretty quickly.
Meg Lancaster: I admit I’ve seen a few episodes, enough to know that if I had done something like that – which I haven’t – that I would’ve wiped my prints off.
Detective Murphy: Well, now that we all know that Ms. Wyatt was the mole, can you think of anybody else might have wanted to see her dead?
Meg Lancaster: No, I really don’t. Maybe– maybe it was a freak accident or something. Or maybe she walked in on a robbery or… I don’t know.
Detective Parker: That’s about all for now, Meg. Thanks for coming in. I hope things get better at the Harte Agency and some form of normalcy returns.
Meg Lancaster: Thank you, detective. I’ve been looking for another job. I just can’t handle the negative energy in that office anymore. Please send out positive thoughts that I find something.
Detective Murphy: Good luck on your search.
Meg Lancaster: Please don’t tell anyone that I’m looking for another job. Just in case I can’t find one, I’ll have no choice but to keep the one I have.
Detective Murphy: No problem.
Interview ends - 10:19 a.m.