Saturday, February 26, 2016 – 12:05 p.m.
Christine Fisher is the ex-wife of victim #2, Wayne Fisher. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed her during her lunch hour at her residence in Pontotoc, Mississippi. The interview was recorded with the witness' knowledge and consent.
- Detective T. Armstrong
- Detective S. Murphy
- Christine Fisher
Detective Murphy: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today.
Christine Fisher: OK. I'm sorry you had to drive all the way over here.
Detective Armstrong: Oh, it wasn't bad. It's a nice day. Good day for a drive.
Detective Murphy: It's nice to get out of town every now and then. Ma'am, would you please state your name and address?
Christine Fisher: Christine Fisher. 25 East Marion Street, here in Pontotoc, Mississippi.
Detective Murphy: And how long have you lived here?
Christine Fisher: In Pontotoc? Around 25 years or so. About two years in this apartment.
Detective Armstrong: What do you do?
Christine Fisher: I work as a receptionist at Dr. Harold Moore's office.
Detective Murphy: Ms. Fisher, we told you on the phone that we're investigating the murder of your ex-husband.
Christine Fisher: Yes.
Detective Murphy: We're sorry for your loss.
Christine Fisher: Thank you.
Detective Armstrong: Do you mind talking to us today?
Christine Fisher: No, not at all.
Detective Murphy: Pardon me, this may be out of line, but you don't seem at all upset.
Christine Fisher: Wayne and I have been divorced for almost 20 years. And it was really over for years before that. I don't mean to sound callous and I'm certainly sad for my sons, but there isn't a lot of emotion there for Wayne.
Detective Armstrong: Are you glad he's dead?
Christine Fisher: Of course not. Don't be ridiculous. It's just that all emotion for Wayne was gone a long time ago. I feel for my sons' loss, but for me, I lost him years back.
Detective Murphy: When was the last time you talked to Wayne?
Christine Fisher: It's been years. Probably 18 years. For the first couple of years after we divorced, there was an attempt to keep some sort of charade going for the boys. You know, be together for birthdays, holidays, that sort of thing. But everyone could see through it, including the boys. So we finally dropped the pretense.
Detective Armstrong: And you had not spoken to him in 18 years?
Christine Fisher: No. I don't remember the exact date. But it would be sometime around then.
Detective Murphy: Did you receive any type of child support or alimony from Wayne?
Christine Fisher: No.
Detective Armstrong: None?
Christine Fisher: No. When we first divorced, neither one of us had much of anything. There weren't exactly a lot of assets to be divided. We did have some sort of support agreement worked out, but Wayne never followed it.
Detective Murphy: Did you sue him? Pursue any type of legal recourse?
Christine Fisher: No. I just wanted to be done. I just wanted it all out of my life. I'm not afraid of work. I can support myself. Me and the boys may not have had much, but I managed to keep us together. It just got to a point where I didn't want to be chasing him all over the South, constantly involving lawyers and police and all that. I just let it go.
Detective Murphy: How did your boys take the divorce?
Christine Fisher: I'll let them answer that question. I'm sure you're talking to them, right?
Detective Armstrong: We will be, but we'd like to have your opinions on it.
Christine Fisher: It was like any divorce. They took it hard, but no harder than normal. The usual stuff, you know.
Detective Murphy: What about you?
Christine Fisher: What do you mean?
Detective Murphy: How did you take the divorce?
Christine Fisher: Did you drive out here to talk to me in order to ask idiotic questions like that? How do you think I took my divorce? Oh, it was just great. I had a ball.
Detective Murphy: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to upset you.
Christine Fisher: It was hard, like all divorces, but I got through it.
Detective Armstrong: Are you dating anyone now?
Christine Fisher: No.
Detective Murphy: Have you been involved with anyone since you and Wayne broke up?
Christine Fisher: No. After the divorce, there were some pretty embarrassing efforts at dating. But I think I'm just better off alone. And certainly now, I'm far too old for that kind of thing. I like being by myself, being quiet. And now, I'm too set in my ways to deal with someone else.
Detective Armstrong: I apologize for asking this, but we have to. Where were you on last Friday night, February 19th?
Christine Fisher: I went to the grocery store and then spent the evening here.
Detective Murphy: By yourself?
Christine Fisher: Yes.
Detective Armstrong: Did anyone see you?
Christine Fisher: I guess the people at the grocery store. I wrote a check that you could probably use to track my time somewhat.
Detective Murphy: But for the rest of the night, you were here and no one else saw you?
Christine Fisher: No. I live alone, obviously.
Detective Armstrong: Do you know a man named Robert Pruitt?
Christine Fisher: No, I don't think so.
Detective Armstrong: What about Vanessa Pruitt?
Christine Fisher: No. Why? Who are these people?
Detective Armstrong: Do either of the names sound familiar, even if you don't know the people personally?
Christine Fisher: I don't think so.
Detective Armstrong: Are you sure?
Christine Fisher: Yes! Why?
Detective Murphy: Mrs. Fisher, did you see any of the media coverage about your ex-husband's death?
Christine Fisher: I guess so.
Detective Murphy: Robert Pruitt is the man who was found dead along with your ex.
Christine Fisher: Is that right? I didn't remember that.
Detective Armstrong: Now that you know who he is, have you ever met Robert Pruitt or his wife, Vanessa?
Christine Fisher: No, I can't say that I have.
Detective Armstrong: Any idea why your ex-husband might have been at the Pruitts' home?
Christine Fisher: None. As I said, I haven't had any contact with Wayne for years. I have no idea what he was doing or why.
Detective Armstrong: Mr. Pruitt was an attorney. Could he have been representing Wayne in some legal matter?
Christine Fisher: I really don't know. He could have been. You should ask Ned. He knows more about Wayne's business than I do.
Detective Murphy: As we go about this investigation, do you think we'll have any reason to talk with you again?
Christine Fisher: I would have no way of knowing that. I suppose you might find something that you wanted to ask me about.
Detective Armstrong: How does that make you feel?
Christine Fisher: I'm fine with that.
Detective Murphy: OK. Thank you for your time. We have to be getting back.
Interview ends – 12:38 p.m.