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Interview: Dorothy Rebine, friend of Mickie Webster

Friday, January 22, 2010 - 3:43 p.m.

Detective Ted Armstrong interviewed Ms. Dorothy Rebine in her home, located at 505 N 14th. Oxford. In a prior interview, Ms. Mickie Webster stated that Ms. Rebine had telephoned her the night of Devlin Beauchamp's murder.

Detective Ted Armstrong
Dorothy Rebine

Detective Ted Armstrong: Could you please state your full name and address for the record?

Dorothy Rebine: Dorothy Marie Rebine, 505 N 14th, Oxford, Mississippi.

Detective Ted Armstrong: Ms. Rebine, you are aware that the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department is investigating the murder of Mr. Devlin Beauchamp?

Dorothy Rebine: Yes, I am.

Detective Ted Armstrong: And in the course of our investigation we have had cause to interview Ms. Mickie Webster, and she has indicated that you would be able to verify her whereabouts on the night of January 2, 2010?

Dorothy Rebine: Yes I am aware of this, detective.

Detective Ted Armstrong:How are you acquainted with Ms. Webster?

Dorothy Rebine: We're friends. We met about a year ago - hit it off, have been friends ever since.

Detective Ted Armstrong: Met where?

Dorothy Rebine: I think it was at the Bottletree. I was reading a book she was interested in and we started talking about that and next thing you knew we'd talked the afternoon away.

Detective Ted Armstrong: You see one another socially?

Dorothy Rebine:Yes sir, we do.

Detective Ted Armstrong:You feel you know Ms. Webster well, then?

Dorothy Rebine: I know her as well as anyone I guess. Maybe better.

Detective Ted Armstrong: She has had occasion to confide in you?

Dorothy Rebine:Yes, she has... but what has this to do with that night?

Detective Ted Armstrong:We'll get to that. Did you speak to Ms. Webster on January 2, 2010?

Dorothy Rebine:Yes I did.

Detective Ted Armstrong: At approximately what time?

Dorothy Rebine: It was about 11:30 p.m. I remember because I had just turned off the television and glanced at the clock to see if it was too late to call.

Detective Ted Armstrong: In what mode did you speak with Ms. Webster? In person? Telephonically?

Dorothy Rebine: I called her on the phone.

Detective Ted Armstrong: Did she answer immediately?

Dorothy Rebine:I guess it was after a couple of rings.

Detective Ted Armstrong:Do you recall what you spoke about?

Dorothy Rebine: Well, I called her because I saw there was a movie that we wanted to see and it was playing. I wanted to go the next day, but I didn't know if she was working or not and if she'd be able to go.

Detective Ted Armstrong: All right, and what did she say?

Dorothy Rebine:Well, I didn't ask her about it right away because we sort of got in a little tiff...

Detective Ted Armstrong: About...?

Dorothy Rebine: I could tell she was smoking... again. See, she had quit... well, she's quit many times... but this time I thought it was for good. I think it had been about 6 months or something, very noteworthy time wise.

Detective Ted Armstrong: Didn't you say you were on the phone with her? How did you know she was smoking?

Dorothy Rebine: I could hear her. Puffing and blowing. It's a very distinctive sound... Anyway, I chided her and she didn't care for that. She said she was just stressed out and I should quit nagging her.

Detective Ted Armstrong: Did she say what she was stressed out about?

Dorothy Rebine: She didn't have to; I knew. This break up with Dev was just hard on her. She would get depressed sometimes. I knew she'd worked with him that night, so I figured she saw him flirting with some woman or he just plain ignored her. Anyway, she was agitated enough to buy a pack of smokes and light up.

Detective Ted Armstrong:Did she mention how she was feeling, physically?

Dorothy Rebine:She said she had a headache. I figured between the smokes and the stress she probably had a whopper. In fact, she didn't sound so good. I offered to let her go so she could rest, but she didn't want to.. .maybe she was lonely... so we talked for a while.

Detective Ted Armstrong:About?

Dorothy Rebine:Just stuff... clothes and new shoes and things like that.

Detective Ted Armstrong:What about the movie?

Dorothy Rebine: Movie? Oh yes... well, she was scheduled to work the next day so it just never materialized. We agreed we would try to catch it another time.

Detective Ted Armstrong: Did Ms. Webster, that night or any time prior or since, ever mention a woman named Natalie Posner to you?

Dorothy Rebine:I don't think so. Who is she?

Detective Ted Armstrong:Did Ms. Webster ever mention any other women Mr. Beauchamp might have been seeing?

Dorothy Rebine: No, absolutely not. Mickie wore blinders when it came to Dev. She didn't want to know and she didn't ask. She’d rather die first.

Detective Ted Armstrong:I'll bet she would. Ms. Rebine, what kind of vehicle do you drive?

Dorothy Rebine:One of them new little ol' Bugs. You know, the VWs? They are the cutest things.

Detective Ted Armstrong: Yes ma'am. Is there anything else that Ms. Webster said to you that night, January 2nd, that struck you in any way, odd, unusual, especially emotional?

Dorothy Rebine:Well, no sir, I don't suppose so. Mickie is a high strung girl, so all of that would be normal for her, you understand? But no, nothing I can think of... outside of her smoking. I really thought she had kicked that habit for good. Guess it's true what they say; it really is an addiction.

Detective Ted Armstrong: Couldn't say, ma'am. Never touch the stuff.

Dorothy Rebine:Well, you are lucky then.

Detective Ted Armstrong:We may need to contact you again for further questions.

Dorothy Rebine: That will be fine.

Detective Ted Armstrong:Should you leave the area, we request you notify the Sheriff's Office and advise us.

Dorothy Rebine: I shan't leave, detective. But of course, I will inform your office. And good luck with your investigation.

Detective Ted Armstrong:Thank you, ma'am. We'll need it.

Interview ends: 4:22 p.m.