Natalie Murphy is a 53-year-old white female who is head 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
- Natalie Murphy
Detective Armstrong: Welcome. Please state your name and address for the record.
Natalie Murphy: 1182 Mimosa Drive, Oxford, Mississippi.
Detective Armstrong: Would you once again state where are you employed and what your title is?
Natalie Murphy: I am currently unemployed but expect to be working again within the next few days.
Detective Murphy: You no longer work at the Acres?
Natalie Murphy: That is correct. I quit that job. I just couldn't stand anymore of the horrible way the patients were treated.
Detective Armstrong: When did you quit?
Natalie Murphy: I was off all weekend. First time I have had two days off in a row in years, let alone a weekend. Anyway, I reported for work early Monday morning and the first resident I went to check on was Rose Jenkins. I smelled her before I was even in the room. I seriously don't think her diaper had been changed all weekend. It was disgusting and the poor thing; oh she had such a terrible rash. My heart broke for her. I went straight to Richard's office and I let him have it.
Detective Armstrong: You gave him the diaper?
Natalie Murphy: No, I went off on him. I was very angry and I was very loud. I told him all the things I had wanted to say for a long, long time. Would you believe he tried to turn it around and blame me? That man has no right to be manager. He doesn't care about anything but his pocket. I really wanted to strangle him.
Detective Armstrong: Strangle? Were you this angry with Jerry Shaw? Did you strangle him?
Natalie Murphy: Good grief, heavens no. Besides I said I wanted to, not that I did. I am not the type to hurt anyone, physically.
Detective Murphy: How did Landrigan respond?
Natalie Murphy: He didn't say a word until I was done and then he said it was all my fault, that I should have made sure that all my bases were covered before I left work on Friday. Then I took off my name tag, said, "I quit," and walked right out of that place. I am going in tomorrow to pick up my paycheck, I might need an escort.
Detective Murphy: Why do you say that? Do you think that Richard would harm you?
Natalie Murphy: I wouldn't put anything past that man. He knew that the residents were being poorly cared for. He not only didn't care, he encouraged it.
Detective Murphy: How so?
Natalie Murphy: Whenever I would complain, well, let me give you an example. One day I went into Rose and Magnolia's room and Jerry was in there and Mag's was begging him to hang a clock that she had. Bless her heart, Mag's is a cantankerous woman and she was obsessed with time but Jerry just gave her the run around. He would say nasty things like, "You got a date, at your age?" or "You taking medicine?" He was being mean and I told him to stop it and hang the clock. He turned just as Richard was walking past and Richard said, "Don't you dare hang that clock without a work order."
Detective Armstrong: What did he mean by work order?
Natalie Murphy: Anytime any of us did anything that wasn't in our job description we had to go to him for a work order. I think he was actually billing the residents for these tiny little chores. It makes my blood boil just to think about him.
Detective Murphy: Have you had any contact with the manager since you left that day?
Natalie Murphy: He called me on Tuesday and asked me if I wanted to change my mind about quitting. The deluded fellow thought I would come back.
Detective Armstrong: What did you say?
Natalie Murphy: Nothing. I hung up on him. I have an interview at the hospital in 25 minutes. May I go? I want to get there early?
Detective Armstrong: Thank you for your time. Good luck with the interview.
Natalie Murphy: Thanks.
Interview ended: 9:05 amRegister to read more...