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Interview: Summary of UM Faculty Canvass

Since the murder of Kimberly Pace, Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department investigators have conducted numerous interviews on the University of Mississippi campus. Many faculty members were interviewed, both inside and outside of the English Department in an effort to learn more about Dr. Pace and her interactions with her coworkers and with the students, especially Patrick Richards, Carter Nichols and any student who may have shown more than average interest in Dr. Pace. The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.

Name: Dr. Abhishek Chandra
Address: 2907 Oxford Square Apartments, Oxford

Dr. Chandra said that he advised Dr. Pace to go to the Dean with her complaints about Laurence Bricker. "It was totally unacceptable, the way he treated her. I am not knowing how she tolerated him. He has always been an outcast in this department. Teachers do not abide him and students will not take his course. He presents himself as a paragon of scholarship and instruction, but what good is a class if no one will take it?" When asked if he believed Laurence Bricker was capable of violence, Dr. Chandra said, "Of that I do not know. He is so very cold and calm. On one hand, I would reject the notion outright due to his lack of passion. However, it is often the cold and calculating ones that are most dangerous, are they not?" Dr. Chandra ultimately said he could not answer the question with any confidence one way or the other. Dr. Chandra says he only teaches senior level classes and above, so he doesn't know Carter Nichols or Patrick Richards.

Name: Dr. Jake Hemphill
Address: 153 Avent Street, Oxford

Dr. Hemphill said he knew nothing about Dr. Pace's relationship with either Carter Nichols or Patrick Richards, but that he had heard her complain about a student following her around. "I never could get a clear idea of whether or not she was scared of him or just irritated. But I definitely remember hearing her talk about it."

Name: Dr. Yvonne Moore
Address: 690 Van Buren, Oxford

Dr. Moore said she was aware of Cody Matthews' fixation on Dr. Pace. "I don't know the depth of it though. I'll be honest with you, he gives me the creeps." Dr. Moore was unable to offer any information on Carter Nichols or Patrick Richards. In regards to Laurence Bricker's relationship with Dr. Pace, she confirmed what much of the department had already stated about Bricker's intransigent demeanor, particularly where Kimberly Pace was concerned.

Name: Dr. Joseph Neuhiesl
Address: 11869 County Road #41, Oxford

Dr. Neuhiesl said he witnessed Laurence Bricker's chastisement of Dr. Pace at the party at her residence. "Oh yeah, it was ridiculous. Totally uncalled for. But, that's Laurence. He's harmless. Thinks he is the big bad wolf and all that, but he is definitely all talk." When asked if he thought Laurence Bricker could have had anything to do with the murder of Kimberly Pace, Dr. Neuhiesl said he did not think Bricker was capable of violence.

Dr. Neuhiesl said he had heard about Carter Nichols arguing with Dr. Pace outside the Student Union. "A bunch of people were talking about it. That Nichols is a piece of work. He better be glad it was Kimberly... I would have punched him." Dr. Neuhiesl did not know Patrick Richards.

Name: Dr. Maureen Silver
Address: 1469 14th Street, Oxford

Dr. Silver stated that Patrick Richards is a hard working student and that Carter Nichols is a "spoiled, pampered ass." She was unaware of any student stalking Dr. Pace.

Dr. Silver said that Dr. Pace's relationship with the faculty was generally a good one "with the exception of her feud with Laurence." She said that Laurence Bricker and Kimberly Pace were often at odds and that their relationship never got better than icy. Dr. Silver said she tried to remain neutral in the feud. "Kimberly was a little too nice. Laurence is probably right there. But Laurence is such a pain himself, I can hardly side with him. I mean, I saw him talking to her at the faculty party at her house, and it was deplorable the way he chastised her."

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