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|Witness Interview: Natasha Van Moore, Former Employee and Client|
Thursday, June 8, 2000 - 8:50 a.m.
On Wednesday morning, June 7, 2000, Natasha Van Moore was arrested on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, extortion, prostitution, and other lesser charges. She spent Wednesday night incarcerated in the Yoknapatawpha County Detention Center and was interviewed the following morning by Detective Murphy, Detective Armstrong, and District Attorney Jake Hood. Ms. Van Moore's attorney, Jefferson D. Young IV, was present during the interrogation, which was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha County Detention Center. Ms. Van Moore was in custody at the time of the interrogation and had been advised of her rights.
SM = Det. S. Murphy
SM: I hope you had a pleasant stay with us last night, Ms. Van Moore.
SM: Would you please state your name and address for the record?
NVM: Natasha Van Moore. 2100 Old Taylor Road.
TA: Why did you kill Trudi, Natasha? I thought she was your friend.
JY: My client is not prepared to make any statements at this time.
SM: We know all about what you've been up to, Ms. Van Moore. Your associates have been quite willing to tell us everything we wanted to know. Wouldn't you like to give us your side?
NVM: As Jeff just told you, I'm not saying anything.
TA: Now's the time to try to help yourself, Natasha. The longer you wait, the worse it's going to get. Even if you escape the death penalty, you're still looking at spending the rest of your life behind bars. Doesn't that worry you, even a little bit?
NVM: I haven't been convicted of anything.
JH: It's only a matter of time, I assure you. We have an excellent case against you.
NVM: That's your opinion.
SM: Ms. Van Moore, Natasha, I hate to see a woman as young, attractive, and obviously intelligent as yourself in this position. The evidence against you is very strong, but maybe there's some other interpretation of it that we're not aware of. Wouldn't you like to clear all this up now? If Billie and Kay and Dana were running this call girl and blackmail operation out of your own home without your knowledge, don't you think now is the time to say so? Don't feel like you need to keep quiet out of loyalty to protect them. They certainly haven't shown that kind of loyalty to you.
JY: Ms. Van Moore will not be making any statements at this time about her involvement or lack thereof in any alleged criminal activities nor will she comment on the alleged involvement of Dana Pomeroy, Billie Jasper, or Kay Ramsey.
TA: It doesn't look good for you, Natasha. You think all those people you've been blackmailing are going to keep quiet now? We have the pictures and the video tapes and they'll be entered into evidence at your trial. Their secrets are out. They have no reason to keep their mouths shut now.
NVM: Look! I'm not talking to y'all. I'm not answering any of your questions. I'm not commenting on any of your so-called evidence. The only thing I'm interested in at this moment is finding out how much my bail will be, so I don't have to spend another night in this disgusting place.
TA: You might as well get used to it now. You're going to be spending a lot of years in a place much more disgusting than this.
NVM: Your little predictions don't scare me, Detective.
SM: They should. Prison life is far worse than you could ever imagine. They don't have silk sheets there. They don't serve Lobster Newburg or caviar or pâté or any other of the expensive foods you're used to. You don't get designer suits to wear and you don't get expensive hair cuts or cosmetics. All the luxuries you're used to will be gone. Now wouldn't you like to just tell us everything and then maybe you won't have to spend the rest of your life in conditions like that? You might be able to spend your golden years in more comfortable surroundings than a cramped and dirty prison cell.
NVM: That's a very vivid description, Murphy. Have you spent time in prison yourself?
SM: Only on the visitors' side of the glass, which is the way I'll be seeing you before too long.
NVM: Don't count on it. Jeff, isn't it time for us to go yet?
JY: My client is right. We do have to get over to the courthouse for her arraignment. Detective Murphy, if you'd be so good as to call the deputies to transport Ms. Van Moore to court?
SM: Yeah. I'll get right on that. Natasha, we'll be talking to you again soon.
NVM: I look forward to it. We always have such interesting conversations.
JY: I'd like a moment alone with my client before we leave for the courthouse.
SM: Fine. I'll tell the deputies to wait five minutes, but no longer. I certainly wouldn't want you to be late for court.