- Audiotape Transcript:
- General Notes: The witness, Dylan told investigators
on this day he brought an orange to the victim. It would
not fit through the grate. Also, on a previous day, he
brought writing supplies for a note, which has not been
- T = Dylan Tull
- K = Purity Knight
- T: Tell me.
- K: Did you do as I said?
- T: Tell me a story!
- K: Story? No no, no story. No story. No story left.
- T: Tell me!
- K: Did you bring anything today?
- T: Story now. The rest later.
- K: Did you see anyone?
- T: I said story now!
- K: Story now. Yes. No, no story left.
- T: Tell the one about the goat.
- K: The goat? Oh yes, the goat. Goatee goat. Once upon
a time there was a goat named Franz. Franz was a strong
sturdy goat and he climbed up to the top of the mountain
where he could see all around the kingdom. He could see
the blue blue skies and the racing clouds and he could
smell the pines and there was a gentle breeze and it was
the most beautiful day he'd ever seen . . .
- T: Go on. Go on.
- K: It was the most beautiful day he'd ever seen when
he noticed his friend Sally the salamander. Sally was a
pretty orange salamander but today she was all dried up
and looking tired. Franz could barely see her head
because she was in a sliver between the rocks. A tiny
sliver like a splinter, a long thin splinter in my thigh
and it broke up when the tweezers touched it so there
were little bits of wood in me and I was like a tree. I
was a tree! Franz asked Sally what are you doing there
and Sally said that Mort the owl had captured her and put
her down in the sliver between the rocks and Mort was a
very bad owl. Mort was very smart, very very smart, he
looked like a regular nice owl and he was very very
smart. But he'd grabbed Sally in his claws and put her in
the splinter between the rocks. He was going to eat her.
When Franz heard that he used his horns to smash the
- T: No, no. You're making stuff up again. You're doing
it wrong. No owls. Do something different. I want a
- K: Did you bring anything today?
- T: Presents. Yes. Later.
- K: Can I have one present now?
- T: They won't fit. Nothing fits. I forgot. You need
little things to go through the cage.
- K: Little things. Yes. Little. Can I see it?
- T: Okay.
- K: Can I smell it?
- T: Okay.
- K: Oh yes, isn't that a pretty smell? Pretty smell.
Let me smell some more.
- T: It's too big. I forgot they had to be small.
- K: Couldn't you try?
- T: No. No, it's too big. Tell me another story. No
- K: No, no story left. The end. End of the line. Grand
Central Station, end of the line.
- T: I want another story!
- K: Okay. Okay. Once upon a time there was a boy -
- T: I want a castle!
- K: There was a boy prince. He lived in the most
beautiful castle in the world. It was a castle with long
marble hallways and beautiful carvings. There were orange
trees in all the many little courtyards. Orange trees
which all smelled so sweet the whole castle was perfumed.
Orange trees down all the avenues and blossoms falling
like snow. Orange trees and palm trees. Palm trees,
waving in the wind, with the sea beyond and the docks
with bars. A cafe, how many francs in a dollar? I want a
cup of coffee. It's too much. It's better to get out of
the tourist part, you can get a cafÈ creme for ten
francs someplace ... what was the name of that place?
What was the name of that place?
- T: What about the castle?
- K: The castle ... yes ... the boy lived in the
beautiful castle, it was called the Castle of Oranges
because it was famous for the smell from all those juicy
oranges. Alcazar de las Naranjas. Que quieres? Oranges.
There were lots of oranges and the tiles were decorated
with golden paint. The boy loved his castle. He loved to
look out from the top tower and see the sky. The sky was
a blue blue sky like you've never seen. The blue blue sky
and the fountains in bright marble. It was the most
beautiful place in the world. Bright gardens and incense
trees ... how does it go? ... and caverns. That's it.
Gardens bright with sinuous rills.
- Note: Audio excerpt starts here. Continues to
- T: Go on. What about the boy?
- K: The boy was a very happy boy in his castle of
oranges. He and his family were very happy all together.
But the boy was curious about the sea. He wanted to know
what was on the other side of the sea. His father was a
good man but he didn't want his boy to get hurt, so he
told the boy to stay inside, don't go out beyond the
tower walls. Stay inside where you know it's pretty and
safe. The boy obeyed but as he got older he wanted more
and more to know the sea. One day as he was walking
through the palace he came upon an unfamiliar passage.
That's funny he thought, because he certainly knew the
palace inside and out. It was a cool shady hallway that
led down. He could feel the slope as he walked, leading
down and growing dimmer. But it wasn't dark because the
walls were painted in delicate gold so they shimmered in
the dim damp dark. Dim and damp.
- The boy was afraid but he knew nothing could harm him
because he was still in the castle, and his father had
told him nothing in the castle would ever hurt him. He
went down and down and then suddenly it was level and he
was in a huge room, a huge room glowing with bright
tapestries. There was a peach colored couch and on it lay
a woman in a peacock headdress. It was a women he'd never
seen before in the castle. She was very beautiful and
plump and the juice of oranges dribbled out the sides of
her mouth. Her whole body covered with juices and the
juices made her body shiny and glowing in the strange
light. She lay as though she were in a trance, with her
long eyelashes fluttering like she was dreaming. She said
to him "I lie beyond the sea" and then all of a sudden
her head dipped back and she vanished. Gone, gone without
a trace. Gone. She's never coming back, do you know what
it's like to live with that? No one knows what it's like.
The only one who knew me, gone.
- The boy found himself in his chambers without knowing
how he got there. From that day on he knew he had to
escape. He wanted to find the woman with the beautiful
fat hips and the shimmering headdress. He would pace the
halls of the palace and didn't notice any more the nice
orange smell. The fat oranges dripping with juice. One
day one of his father's servants took him aside and said
"I know what you want. I can give it to you." The prince
and the servant met in the boy prince's chambers. The
servant gave the boy a peacock feather, it was long and
delicate, and said he knew something about magic, he
could show the prince some magic and the prince could
roam free and still be in the castle too. There would be
two princes, one free and one in the castle. But in
exchange the prince - both princes - would have to give
up their sense of smell. The prince thought this was a
small price to pay. A small price to pay. It's a win win
situation, this deal. She's a beauty and air conditioning
is free. There's a banana peel.
- So the servant told the prince to lie on the bed, the
lovely high bed with a golden bedspread, and the servant
told the prince to close his eyes and go to sleep. Sleep,
deep sleep, suddenly all he wanted to do was sleep
forever and ever. He could feel the servant using the
peacock feather to touch him but he didn't want to move.
He just wanted to sleep forever, because he was so tired.
Tired and hungry. Have you ever seen God? It was like the
prince could see even though his eyes were closed and he
could see and feel the servant lying on top of him and
chanting and the weight grew heavier and heavier,
impossibly heavy, as though a thousand servants were
stacked on top of him. But all he wanted to do was sleep.
He didn't want to move any more. Have you ever seen God?
- I think God is a woman, a woman with a peacock
headdress. She gave her only son. Did she have daughters?
Did she give her daughters?
- T: What about the prince?
- K: Prince?
- T: The story. Finish the story.
- K: I'm tired. Can we finish the story another time?
- T: Okay.
- K: will you come back and do like I asked?
- T: Okay.