Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 2:00 p.m.

The witness, Laurence Bricker, was identified as a professional colleague of the victim. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed him in his home at 1424 South Lamar Boulevard in Oxford. During the course of the interview, the detectives also had the opportunity to speak privately with the witness's wife, Margaret Bricker. The interview was recorded on a portable audio tape recorder with the witness's knowledge and consent.


  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Laurence Bricker
  • Margaret Bricker

Detective Murphy: Thank you for talking with us again.

Laurence Bricker: Certainly.

Detective Murphy: Once again, can you please state your name and address?

Laurence Bricker: Laurence Bricker. 1424 South Lamar, Oxford.

Detective Murphy: Did you know Kimberly Pace?

Laurence Bricker: Yes. Of course. We established my relationship, strained as it was, with the deceased in my prior interview with you.

Detective Murphy: Yes, we did. But I just wanted to make sure. I believe in our prior interview I asked you if you wished to see Kimberly dead.

Laurence Bricker: Yes, you did. And I assured you that your statements were ridiculous.

Detective Armstrong: You're very calm about that.

Laurence Bricker: What do you mean, Detective?

Detective Armstrong: Well, most people get mighty ticked off when we insinuate they might be responsible for murder. But you... nothing seems to bother you. You don't get mad, you don't scream. I'd expect some sarcasm or something at the very least.

Laurence Bricker: I have nothing to fear; I am innocent. Therefore I have no reason to get angry. And as far as sarcasm, I'll quote John Knowles who said something along the lines of sarcasm being the refuge of a weak mind. I have no reason to lower myself to such base emotions.

Detective Murphy: I'm sure you're wonderful and all that, but I think you seem almost too cool.

Laurence Bricker: Although an English scholar by trade, I am not without knowledge of my legal rights. If you have evidence, then charge me with some manner of crime. Otherwise, I do not think I can be held criminally responsible for being cool.

Detective Murphy: Where were you on the night of Kimberly Pace's murder?

Laurence Bricker: I was here. I'm sure I read some, did a little work, and then retired to the bedroom.

Detective Armstrong: You're sure about that? Sure you didn't go out or something?

Laurence Bricker: Detective, I am nearly 50 years old. I am a scholar and a married man. Almost every night is spent at home. Do you really imagine that I would spend my nights cavorting at Murff's or Proud Larry's, swilling cheap beer with the students to whom I am supposed to be a role model?

Detective Armstrong: Nah, I guess you're right. You're too much of a pompous jackass to go out with the riff-raff.

Laurence Bricker: If that's what you want to believe, then be my guest.

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