Friday, February 1, 2013 - 1:20 p.m.
Max Snyder organized the Elvis conference and booked Jared Plunk as the keynote speaker. Detectives Murphy and Parker re-interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.
Detective Parker: Why don't we start with your name and address?
Max Snyder: My name is Max Snyder, and I live at 2216 Church Street in Oxford.
Detective Murphy: We've gotten some new evidence in the case. Is there anything you'd like to tell us?
Max Snyder: I don't think so. Did you find the killer?
Detective Parker: Yes, we did.
Max Snyder: That's great. Who is it?
Detective Murphy: You already know the answer to that, Mr. Snyder.
Max Snyder: Me? You can't mean me.
Detective Parker: We found Jared Plunk's blood all over your Elvis costume. How do you explain that?
Max Snyder: I can't.
Detective Parker: You really need to.
Max Snyder: You never realize how it's going to feel afterwards, you know?
Detective Parker: How what's going to feel?
Max Snyder: The whole thing feels like a dream. Except you people keep investigating, so it must have been real.
Detective Parker: What was real?
Max Snyder: I killed Jared Plunk.
Detective Murphy: Before you say anything else, Mr. Snyder, I want to be clear. You understand that you have the right to remain silent. You don't have to talk to us.
Max Snyder: Yes, but–
Detective Murphy: And you have the right to an attorney. We can stop right now and get an attorney in here for you. If you can't afford one, the state will provide one.
Max Snyder: What's the point? An attorney can't help me. Let's just get this over with.
Detective Murphy: OK, then. You said you killed Jared Plunk. How did you do that?
Max Snyder: I stabbed him to death with a knife. I had to stop him. Killing him was the only way I knew how. You have to understand. He wouldn't listen to reason.
Detective Parker: Stop him from what?
Max Snyder: Telling everyone what was in those Elvis letters.
Detective Parker: I'm confused, Mr. Snyder. I thought you specifically asked Jared Plunk to speak at your conference so he could do just that.
Max Snyder: I did, but he lied about what was in the letters. I expected fireworks, publicity. But those letters. Jared would've destroyed the conference, everything I've worked for. I couldn't let him do that.
Detective Murphy: So you killed him.
Max Snyder: Yes. No, not at first. At first, I tried to reason with him, explain my position. I'd invested a lot of money in that conference. A lot of money. Other people's money. He just wouldn't listen.
Detective Murphy: Why do you think that was?
Max Snyder: He was impossible. He didn't care about what happened to me or anyone else. He just wanted to make a name for himself.
Detective Murphy: Why did you wait until the conference to kill him?
Max Snyder: I didn't know until then what the letters really said.
Detective Parker: Which was what?
Max Snyder: I don't know exactly. I never read them. Jared told me the effect they'd have on the Elvis legend. All he could talk about was how powerful the letters made him and the damage he could do with them.
Detective Parker: And where are the letters now?
Max Snyder: I burned them as quickly as I could. In a sink in the bathroom. I burned them and flushed the ashes down the toilet.
Detective Parker: Why didn't the smoke alarm go off?
Max Snyder: I don't know. I didn't even think of that.
Detective Parker: Where was this bathroom where you burned the letters?
Max Snyder: Some break room near where… it happened.
Detective Parker: The staff lounge?
Max Snyder: I don't know. Maybe.
Detective Murphy: You weren't worried someone might see you there while you were burning the letters?
Max Snyder: It was so early. No one was around.
Detective Murphy: How did you happen to find Jared so early in the morning?
Max Snyder: He was supposed to show me the letters. He said he wanted to do it when we wouldn't be interrupted so no one would spoil his big reveal.
Detective Murphy: So he agreed to meet you to show you the letters?
Max Snyder: Yes.
Detective Murphy: And he did meet you?
Max Snyder: Yes.
Detective Murphy: But he refused to show you the letters?
Max Snyder: You see how impossible he was? He just wanted to taunt me one more time. Because he could.
Detective Parker: Did anybody help you kill Jared Plunk?
Max Snyder: No. Nobody else was involved.
Detective Parker: How about afterwards? Did anybody help you try to cover up what happened?
Max Snyder: I never told a soul what I did.
Detective Murphy: We found the envelope the letters were in and a piece of one of the letters in Taylor and Yvonne Boyd's garage. How do you explain that?
Max Snyder: What? I have no idea.
Detective Murphy: Did Yvonne Boyd help you kill Jared? We know she hid the knife you used. Did you ask her to?
Max Snyder: No, I told you. It was just me. I don't know how Yvonne got involved.
Detective Murphy: What did you do with the envelope?
Max Snyder: I don't know.
Detective Parker: What did you do with the knife?
Max Snyder: I don't remember. I just dropped it, I guess. I was only thinking about the letters.
Detective Murphy: But you only have Jared Plunk's word about what was in them.
Max Snyder: What do you mean?
Detective Murphy: He could have been yanking your chain. For all you know, the letters could've been shopping lists or song lyrics or a recipe from his Great Aunt Minnie. How do you know Elvis Presley really wrote whatever it was?
Max Snyder: You didn't see Jared talking about those letters. He was bursting with a twisted pride. I tell you, the man was evil.
Detective Parker: Do you think that justifies murder?
Max Snyder: I didn't kill him because he was evil. I killed him because there was no other way to stop him from ruining me.
Detective Murphy: How many times did you stab him?
Max Snyder: I have no idea. You could tell me any number, and I'd believe you. I was… beside myself.
Detective Parker: Did you see anybody, either before or after you killed him?
Max Snyder: I saw only Jared Plunk.
Detective Murphy: Is there anything else you want to tell us right now?
Max Snyder: Only that I'm tired. I'm glad it's over.
Interview ends - 1:59 p.m.
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