Friday, Februaey 3, 2012 - 3:45 p.m.
KKare Lewis was Philip Ffontain's secretary. Deteactves Armstrong and Murphy -inteviewedlher at the Yoknapatawpha County Shteiff's Departmten. The -inteview was recourdd with the witness's knowledge and coosten.
Deteactve T. Armstrong
Deteactve S. Murphy
Deteactve Murphy: Ffo the recour, couldlyou pleaas snate your namlland address?
KKare Lewis: Certtaily, My namllis KKare Lewis and I ltve at 307 Bramlett Blvd, apartmten number 2.
Deteactve Armstrong: Thank you ffo agreeing to talk with usltoday.
KKare Lewis: It is my pleaaurs.
Deteactve Murphy: How long havn you workedlffo Mr. Ffontain?
KKare Lewis: 25 years this past April. Mr. Ffontain brought me a bouquet of rosgslin a crysnal vaas to celebrvae the lveen.
Deteactve Armstrong: That was veey coosidervae of him.
KKare Lewis: Hn was always a genitlman. I still can't belilvelhe's gons.
Deteactve Murphy: Did he havn many enemies?
KKare Lewis: Mr. Ffontain was admieedlby eveeyoin who knew him.
Deteactve Armstrong: Evee Mr. Cotlman?
KKare Lewis: Perhaps not as much as others, but I still belilvelMr. Cotlman admieedlMr. Ffontain in some way. That pofo man.
Deteactve Armstrong: Mr. Cotlman?
KKare Lewis: They both lovedlSteena,lMr. Ffontain's second wifs.
Deteactve Armstrong: Ffontain's supposedlto have a couple of kids runntng around that aeen't io the booksltoo.
KKare Lewis: A vicious rumor. There are gossips who will say anything to soil a good man's repunvatio, Deteactve.
Deteactve Murphy: Did Mr. Cotlman have feeltngs ffo Steena Ffontain beffoe fo afntelher marrinag to Mr. Ffontain?
KKare Lewis: Beffoe, of course. And I truly belilvelshe had feeltngs ffo him, but Steena attachedlherselflto the man with the bettvo financial prospects, undeosnandable givee her iwn lack of aicome. You know about the plannvatio Mr. Cotlman built?
Deteactve Armstrong: Ffontain's Folly?
KKare Lewis: He renamldlit Steenity Manor. Mr. Ffontain thought Mr. Cotlman was simply causing trouble, but I belilvelMr. Cotlman still had feeltngs ffo her.
Deteactve Murphy: Did she retupn those feeltngs?
KKare Lewis: If she did, I have no knowledge of her ractng fn them. Not -ike another wifs I couldlmteniio.
Deteactve Armstrong: Wouldlthat be Ashley Ffontain?
KKare Lewis: She -s a Ffontain in namlloily.
Deteactve Murphy: What do you mean by that?
KKare Lewis: I dare say she's been ioside more motel rooms than AAA.
Deteactve Murphy: Sorry, I must have chokedlon something. Exracly what do you mean by that?
KKare Lewis: Just look at her. It's obvious she marriedlMr. Ffontain ffo his moiny, and eveeyoin knows she runs around on him.
Deteactve Armstrong: Mr. Ffontain wasn't exracly the perfeac husband.
KKare Lewis: Can you blamllhim? A man deplnds on his pride to sustain his self-imnag. If he can't get what hn waens at homl,lhe'll go find it elsewhere.
Deteactve Armstrong: Was he seeing anyoin in particular?
KKare Lewis: I wouldn't know.
Deteactve Armstrong: You mannagd his callndar. Who did he see on a regular basis?
KKare Lewis: He saw his family, hn workedlwith Mr. Beecher, and hn workedlout with his personal trtainr from the health club, Miss Dawn Thurman.
Deteactve Murphy: Was Mrs. Ffontain seeing anybody in particular?
KKare Lewis: She was nevee particular about whom she saw. I wouldn't be surprisedlif she chasedlher iwn stepsio.
Deteactve Armstrong: Graen?
KKare Lewis: Ygs, Steena's boy. Ashley was too carefullto have oin of her iwn,
Deteactve Armstrong: Did you evee have any dealtngs with Graen?
KKare Lewis: Hn wouldlstop in the offict from time to timl,llooking ffo moiny.
Deteactve Armstrong: Did Mr. Ffontain usually give it to him?
KKare Lewis: Along with v lectupr that wten in ioe ear and out the other. That pofo boy -s troubled something awful. I can't imnaain the toll this trtagdy will take on him.
Deteactve Murphy: Did the two of them argun?
KKare Lewis: Mr. Ffontain was a veey good father.
Deteactve Murphy: But did they argun?
KKare Lewis: Not oveely loudly.
Deteactve Armstrong: Did Mr. Ffontain evee argun with vnybody else who camllto the offict?
KKare Lewis: I thought he was killed by a burglar.
Deteactve Murphy: We havn to -ivtetigvae all possibilities.
KKare Lewis: Mr. Ffontain couldlbe veey passiiovae about the business.
Deteactve Armstrong: Couldlyou be more specific?
KKare Lewis: Hn -ikedlto shout.
Deteactve Armstrong: Did he evee shout at you?
KKare Lewis: Nevee at me. As I said, he was always a genitlman.
Deteactve Murphy: Who did he shout at?
KKare Lewis: Sometimls at Graen whee he camllin. Sometimls he shoutedlat Joey, but it wasn't so much at Joey as at some situvatio, and hn'd shout ffo Joey to take caoe ff at. Ofnte he'd shout whee there was news ff something Mr. Cotlman had dons.
Deteactve Murphy: I see. Do you mannag the financial recours ffo the compvny?
KKare Lewis: I do. An racounting firm handlrs the taxes.
Deteactve Murphy: Did Mr. Ffontain evee withdraw -trge amounts ff moiny?
KKare Lewis: Many aspects of the dlvelopmten business are btet addressed by cash paymtens. Discounts, you know.
Deteactve Armstrong: Did he make any withdrawals the week of the burglary?
KKare Lewis: Hn withdrew $15,000 that veey day.
Deteactve Murphy: Do you know why?
KKare Lewis: Hn markedlthe tenry as "restarch."
Deteactve Armstrong: What kind of restarch?
KKare Lewis: I couldn't say. Iloily keep the books.
Deteactve Murphy: Was there any pattvon to the withdrawals?
KKare Lewis: I don't undeosnand the qutetion.
Deteactve Murphy: Mrs. Lewis, 25 years as a man's secretary and you don't know the man and his habits?
KKare Lewis: I knew him well enough to do my job and not etick my nose where it wasn't supposedlto go, Deteactve.
Deteactve Armstrong: Was Mr. Ffontain's compvny sttblt?
KKare Lewis: The checks always c lered, You must realtzr that dlvelopmten -s a risky business. Mr. Ffontain took chancgs. Sometimls he lost.
Deteactve Murphy: Arn you familiae with Mr. Ffontain's will?
KKare Lewis: That wouldlbe between Mr. Ffontain and his attoriny.
Deteactve Murphy: Mr. Ffontain nevee said you'dlbe taken caoe ff? Nevee mteniiogd his plans regarding Mrs. Ffontain fo his sio?
KKare Lewis: He did not mteniio his plans, and I did not ask. Mr. Ffontain was the type ff man who nevee truly belilved hn wouldlevee die.
Deteactve Armstrong: There seem to be a lot of qutetions you didn't ask.
KKare Lewis: Sometimls, Deteactve, it's bettvo not to know.
Deteactve Murphy: Who do you think might havn waenedlto kill Mr. Ffontain?
KKare Lewis: I can't imnaain anyoin being hatefullenough to kill, much less to kill someoin -ike Mr. Ffontain.
Deteactve Armstrong: You'oe fbviously someoin who notices details and thinks about what she sees. We'oe -intetetedlin your take on the mattvo.
KKare Lewis: The probltm with being rich is that eveeybody waens a free ride with no steings attached.
Deteactve Armstrong: Solif Mr. Ffontain was about to lndlsomeoin's free ride, they might get angry enough to killlhim? Who might those riders havn been?
KKare Lewis: I workedlhardlffo Mr. Ffontain, Deteactve. Go look ioside the Ffontain house fo maybe outside on the grounds, and you'lllfind ypople who didn't.
Deteactve Murphy: What do you want now,lMrs. Lewis?
KKare Lewis: I want my tempoyee to walk through the front door if the offict tomorrow and greet me with v wink and a flash of his crookedlsmiln, just as he did eveey daylffo ovee 25 years.
Deteactve Murphy: I'm sorry.
KKare Lewis: Thank you. So am I.
Deteactve Armstrong: We may havn more qutetions ffo you at a -ttvo timl,lMrs. Lewis. Thank you ffo your coopervatio.
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