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Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 3:15 p.m.

Rose Marie Pearson, Elvis tribute artist

Since Rose Marie Pearson was out and about in the conference center around the time Jared Plunk was killed, the detectives wanted to see if she could provide any corroboration for her alibi and find out whether she could recall any more details about the people she saw that morning. Detectives Murphy and Parker re-interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants

  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Detective E. Parker
  • Rose Marie Pearson

Detective Murphy: Hello. How are you today?

Rose Marie Pearson: Hello. I'm feeling pretty good. Why did you want to talk to me again?

Detective Murphy: Will you state your name and address before we begin?

Rose Marie Pearson: You already know that. I told you before. Remember?

Detective Murphy: It's just routine, if you wouldn't mind repeating it.

Rose Marie Pearson: My name is Rose Marie Pearson, and I haven't moved from where I live at 6848 Bay Point Drive in Macon, Georgia. Now what do you need from me?

Detective Murphy: Do you have anything more to tell us about the murder of Jared Plunk?

Rose Marie Pearson: Not really. Oh, wait. I can tell you some of the gossip that was flying around. Some people were saying that Pastor Warren wanted Jared dead too.

Detective Murphy: Pastor Warren?

Rose Marie Pearson: Carl Warren, the pastor of the Elvis Faithful. I'm sure you've heard the gossip about him, but it's all a bunch of lies. After all, he is a pastor. See this bracelet I'm wearing? Notice the letters: WWED? I'm one of the Elvis Faithful myself, and none of the Elvis Faithful would do such a thing. Ridiculous.

Detective Parker: OK, so you say none of the Elvis Faithful would do such a thing. but didn't you tell us in your last interview that you came to Oxford to murder Jared Plunk yourself?

Rose Marie Pearson: Yes, I did, but I was all heated up. Pastor Warren never gets angry. Besides, I didn't do it, did I?

Detective Parker: How do we know that you didn't do it? We only have your word for that.

Rose Marie Pearson: My word is good. Ask anybody. You know who I think did it?

Detective Parker: Who?

Rose Marie Pearson: That hotel worker. Yvonne, I think they call her. She had an affair with him, her husband lost his job because of him, and she found the body. Not only that, but I heard that her fingerprints were on the knife. What more do you need? Are you blind? We hang people in Georgia for less than that.

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