Friday, August 26, 2011 - 4:30 PM
Sue Parker Perry is a 54-year-old female and ex-wife of Butch Weaver. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff’s Department and was recorded on a portable tape recorder with the witness’s knowledge and consent.
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Sue Parker Perry
Detective Armstrong: Good morning, Mrs. Perry. We appreciate your coming in today. Please take a seat and give us your name and address for our records.
Sue Parker Perry: Good morning. My name is Sue Parker Perry and my address is 611 North Lamar Boulevard, Oxford. Can you tell me why I’m here?
Detective Armstrong: Of course, Mrs. Perry. I’m sure you’ve heard or read in the paper about the hidden room that was found at the Physical Plant that may be linked to Kevin Gilmore.
Sue Parker Perry: Yes, I read it in the newspaper. That was such a tragedy. He was a nice boy.
Detective Armstrong: You knew Kevin Gilmore?
Sue Parker Perry: Yes, I met Kevin at The Juke Joint. I went there on occasion with my now ex-husband Butch Weaver. That was such a long time ago.
Detective Armstrong: Do you mind if we ask you a few questions about your marriage to Butch Weaver?
Sue Parker Perry: Well, that's a time in my life I'd like to forget, but go ahead.
Detective Armstrong: How long were you married to Butch?
Sue Parker Perry: Four years, and I assure you they were not the best years of my life.
Detective Armstrong: Where was Butch’s place of employment during that time?
Sue Parker Perry: He worked at the Ole Miss Physical Plant.
Detective Armstrong: We plan to speak to people that worked with him at the time to see if they knew anything about the hidden room. Did Butch ever mention the hidden room?
Sue Parker Perry: Not that I remember, but he didn’t talk to me about work or much else. He spent most of his time down at The Juke Joint with Rhonda Pendergrass or on that damn boat.
Detective Armstrong: Why did he hang out at The Juke Joint?
Sue Parker Perry: Well, if someone didn’t show up, he would fill in. Rhonda paid him under the table, as they call it. I told him he'd get in trouble with the IRS, but he just told me to shut my fat mouth. He was nothing but a pig.
Detective Armstrong: How well did you know Rhonda Pendergrass?
Sue Parker Perry: Well enough to know I didn’t like her.
Detective Armstrong: What kind of relationship did Butch and Rhonda have?
Sue Parker Perry: I was suspicious about that. I went down there one night when Butch was working, and Rhonda was hanging all over him. They were whispering and giggling with each other. So I asked him about it, and he told me that it was nothing. They were just good friends, and I was jealous.
Detective Armstrong: You mentioned a boat just now. When we spoke to Butch, he never mentioned anything about having a boat. You know, I love to go out on the lake on my day off. What kind of boat was it?
Sue Parker Perry: If I remember, it was a Crownline. It was a real nice boat. It even had a place to sleep. He called it a Cuddy Cabin.
Detective Armstrong: Do you remember when he got the boat?
Sue Parker Perry: It was about a year before we got divorced, so that was probably 1988, I guess it was.
Detective Armstrong: Hm. Crownlines are nice boats. I wouldn’t mind owning one myself, but you know, I think they’re a little pricey. Where do you think Butch got the money to buy something like that?
Sue Parker Perry: He said he saved it from working at The Juke Joint, but when I asked him about it, he told me to not worry about it because it was his money and he'd do whatever he wanted with it. And then he told me not to go spreading it all over town that he'd gotten a boat. He made me swear to it. He said he didn’t want everybody asking for rides on the boat. So I didn’t mention it.
Detective Armstrong: Do you know if he still has the boat? Do you think he’d sell it to me?
Sue Parker Perry: I doubt that he’d sell it. I mean, I don't know, but he really loved that boat. He cared for it more than he cared for me, and he said he’d never sell it.
Detective Armstrong: Where did he keep it? Might like to go see it sometime.
Sue Parker Perry: Well, now I don't know. You’d have to ask him. But he kept it at the Sardis Lake Marina when we were married.
Detective Armstrong: I think that's going to do it. Thank you for your time. I'll have someone give you a ride home..
Sue Parker Perry: I’m not sure how I helped, but it was nice talking to you. Goodbye.
Interview ended: 4:41 PM