- Witness Interview:
- Marlow, Judith Knight's cousin, was interviewed over
- A = Armstrong
M = Marlow
- A: For the record, please state your full name, date
of birth, and address.
M: Nancy Amelia Marlow, born January 10, 1953. I live at
22 Whipporwhill Circle.
- A: Thank you. Please describe your relation to Judith
M: I'm her cousin. My father and her mother are brother
and sister. Purity is ... was my niece.
- A: When was the last time you saw Ms. Knight?
M: I went up for her high school graduation. She was so
lovely. I just can't believe it. I can't believe this is
- A: Ms. Marlow, I know this must be difficult for you.
I'll try to be brief. When was the last time you saw your
M: Thanksgiving. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at
- A: And Ms. Knight wasn't there?
M: Purity? No.
- A: Do you usually go to Mountain Home to visit? Do
the Knights ever come here?
M: No - they've only been here a couple of times. They're
so kind, always inviting me up. It's just me here alone,
so it's nice to feel included.
- A: You're not married?
- A: Any children?
M: No. None.
- A: Do you feel close to Mrs. Knight?
M: We talk on the phone every couple of weeks, but that's
about it, and like I said, I get invited over a lot.
- A: How often do you visit?
M: Usually I have to work, so it's not that often.
Sometimes for holidays I like to travel.
- A: Where do you work?
M: I'm a receptionist at the paper here in town. I answer
phones and take classifieds.
- A: Where have you traveled?
M: Just about all over. Mexico, Hawaii, Grand Canyon, you
- A: Have you ever been to Europe?
M: Once. Judy and I went together.
- A: When was that?
M: In college. We went for summer vacation, you know, the
whole tour. Spain, Italy, France, England. Back then we
were like friends.
- A: Not any more?
M: Not so much, no. I'm not, you know, religious, so it's
hard. Now we're mostly just polite. In a caring way, of
course, but we don't have heart-to-hearts or anything.
- A: Mrs. Knight wasn't religious in college?
M: Not really. She didn't go to church.
- A: Where did you go to college?
- A: Did you grow up in New Orleans?
M: No. Here.
- A: You came back?
M: Yes. After college. I like Jackson. It's just the way
things turned out with jobs and all.
- A: Did Ms. Knight ever visit you here?
M: Yes. Just a couple of times.
- A: When was it?
M: The first time was when she was eight. She came with
her folks. The next time was when she was 14. She was
singing with her school choir in a contest and she stayed
with me for a couple of days.
- A: She never visited you after that?
- A: Not even for a day?
- A: Were you in touch with Ms. Knight much?
M: When she was smaller she was always writing me
letters. She was a great correspondent.
- A: What about recently?
M: No. Nothing. When I heard she was at Ole Miss I wrote
her a couple of times, you know, inviting her down. She
never wrote back.
- A: What about before then? Between graduation and
M: Well, she'd kind of stopped writing in high school.
Not altogether, but you know how it is. She was a busy
young lady. She wrote me maybe four or five times a year
until she graduated. After that I got one letter from
Oregon, that was in October just after she started, and
that was the last I heard.
- A: All right. Well, thank you, Ms. Marlow. I hope I
haven't disturbed your day too much.
M: Not at all. Anything I can do to help.