Bonnie Atkins is a 33-year-old white female who is a nurse at the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home where the victim, Jerry Shaw was employed. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha Sheriff's Department and was recorded on a portable audio tape recorder with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Detective Samantha Murphy
- Bonnie Atkins
Detective Armstrong: Before we begin Miss Atkins could you please state your name and address for the record again?
Bonnie Atkins: Bonnie Atkins 124 Nelson Circle, Oxford.
Detective Murphy: We need to ask you to go over the discovery of the body, I'm sorry. Please describe to us in detail the crime scene where you found Jerry Shaw.
Bonnie Atkins: Oh my, I'll try. The dumpster is behind the home and it is pretty close to the parking area for the employees. The dumpster is located rather close to a curb. Jerry's head was between the dumpster and the curb, he was lying on his back and there was trash all around the area. I didn't see any blood. In fact, the reason I thought he was messing around was because of the way he was laying there.
Detective Armstrong: Many people die from falls every day and there is no blood, surely you know that. How was he laying, what seemed odd to you?
Bonnie Atkins: Of course I do. But…I don't know…it just didn't feel right to me. I can't explain why.
Detective Armstrong: We aren't asking you to play detective. We just want to make sure that what you saw matches the scene that we saw when we arrived.
Bonnie Atkins: That's all I remember about the area.
Detective Armstrong: Jerry was a single man, wasn't he?
Bonnie Atkins: Yes, he was, and that is completely understandable.
Detective Murphy: How so?
Bonnie Atkins: I really hate to speak badly of the dead but…Jerry was a pig! He had no respect for women at all. Some of the things he said to me were just disgusting.
Detective Murphy: Did he ask you out?
Bonnie Atkins: Oh no, he just made lewd remarks. He said with my beautiful black hair and brown eyes that he and I would make some pretty babies. Then he asked if I was up for it, he made me sick. He always stood too close or lingered too long. He gave me the creeps. I also think he was fooling around with another employee at the Acres.
Detective Armstrong: What is her name and why do you "think" he was?
Bonnie Atkins: Sylvia Powell. The way she looked at him, it was pathetic really.
Detective Murphy: I think it's safe to say that you didn't feel any sadness that Mr. Shaw was dead.
Bonnie Atkins: I felt bad at first. I think it was the shock of finding him like that. No one should die alone, I don't care who they are. I have to admit though; I sure won't be missing him.
Detective Armstrong: Did you ever wish he were dead?
Bonnie Atkins: Oh come on now, are you serious? Oh my god, you are serious. NO! I never wished him dead. I certainly secretly hoped he would be fired but never that he would die.
Detective Murphy: Thank you, Bonnie, for coming in again. We appreciate your time.
Bonnie Atkins: You're welcome. Good day.
Interview ends: 12:06 pm.