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Interview: Follow-up with RJ Brandt

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 1:15 p.m.

RJ Brandt is the 12-year-old student who bought a human skull to school. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy re-interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. RJ's mother, Heather Brandt, was also present. The interview was recorded with Mrs. Brandt's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • RJ Brandt
  • Heather Brandt

Detective Armstrong: Thank you for coming in to talk to us again, RJ. For the record, could you please state your name and address?

RJ Brandt: RJ Brandt. My address is 205 Brittany Drive. Why do I have to do that again?

Detective Armstrong: It's just something we have to do every time we talk to someone.

RJ Brandt: OK.

Detective Murphy: RJ, since the last time we talked to you, can you think of anything else you might want to tell us about the skull you took to school?

RJ Brandt: No, not really.

Detective Armstrong: Could you tell us again where you found the skull?

RJ Brandt: I don't really remember now.

Detective Murphy: Come on, RJ. You know where you found it.

RJ Brandt: OK, I was digging out in a field and that's where I got it.

Detective Armstrong: Why did you tell us you dug it up in your backyard?

RJ Brandt: Well, you know, I'm supposed to stay in our yard. I didn't want to get in trouble.

Detective Murphy: RJ, this is a very serious matter. If we don't find out exactly where you dug up that skull, you might be in a lot more trouble.

RJ Brandt: Well, it was in some field.

Detective Armstrong: Do you remember what field it was? Where it was?

RJ Brandt: No.

Detective Murphy: Can you tell us again why you called it a little girl's skull?

RJ Brandt: It just looked like it, I guess. I don't think it is anymore anyway. I think it's a super predator. I still want to be famous in a museum, you know.

Detective Armstrong: Well, we'll have to see what we can do. Is there anything else you want to tell us? The truth this time?

RJ Brandt: I don't know what else to tell you.

Detective Murphy: OK, RJ, thanks for your cooperation. We'll work on finding out where the skull came from.

RJ Brandt: You can do that? Figure out where it came from?

Detective Armstrong: Yes, we should know something soon.

RJ Brandt: Can I go now?

Detective Murphy: Yes, you may. We'll be talking to you again soon.

RJ Brandt: Oh, OK. Bye.

Interview ends: 1:28 p.m.

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