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Interview: Rosalie Hansen

Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 10:28 p.m.

The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff’s Department by Detective Murphy and Armstrong .The interview was recorded with the witness’ knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective Ted Armstrong
  • Detective Samantha Murphy
  • Rosalie Hansen

Detective Murphy: Mrs. Hansen, I’m Detective Murphy and this is Detective Armstrong. We’re sorry. We know this is difficult and we know you need to get home to your son, but we need to ask you some questions. Please take a seat. We'll try to make this as quick as we can. For the record, we need your name and address.

Rosalie Hansen: My name is Rosalie Hansen and I live at 722 Shady Oaks Circle. Please call me Rosalie. I’m so nervous. I can’t stop thinking about that poor girl. It was awful.

Detective Murphy: Rosalie, can you tell us what happened when you arrived at the service station?

Rosalie Hansen: I had to use the bathroom and I didn’t think I could make it home, so I stopped at the service station. There was an "out of order" sign on the door, but I didn’t care. I had to go. I tried to open the door, but it was locked. I went inside the store and asked the attendant for the key. I asked him if it was OK to use it since there was an "out of order" sign on the door. He looked puzzled, and said he didn't know what I was talking about. He walked with me back around the side of the building to the bathroom. He pulled the sign off the door and said he didn't put it there. He said that someone must have done it as a prank, but he didn't think it was funny. He told me to wait there, and he would get the key and unlock the door. He went back to the store, and came back a couple minutes later. He put the key in and opened the door, and I followed him in. That's when I saw that poor girl lying on the floor in a pool of blood. It seemed so surreal. I heard someone screaming and realized it was me. I ran out the door and I stood frozen. I couldn’t move, but I couldn’t stop looking. I was terrified that the person that did this might still be around. Oh my! I think I’m going to be sick.

Detective Armstrong: Calm down, Rosalie. It’s going to be OK. Detective Murphy and I aren’t going to let anyone hurt you. Do you need a break? Can we get you anything?

Rosalie Hansen: Some water would be good. Just give me a few minutes. I can’t get the image out of my head. It was so awful.

[PAUSE]

Detective Murphy: Here’s the water. Please take all the time you need. Continue when you’re ready.

Rosalie Hansen: I think I'm OK now. As I said, she was lying in blood. There was a lot of blood and her eyes were open. It was strange. There were all these small candles lit, and they were in a shape of a cross. What kind of a sicko does this to someone?

Detective Armstrong: When you came out of the bathroom, where was the service station attendant?

Rosalie Hansen: He was inside the bathroom, staring at the girl. I’m sure he was in shock too. When I screamed, he came out behind me. He said he had seen this girl before but didn't know her. She came to use the bathroom. He did remember that before when he saw her she wasn't wearing skates.

Detective Murphy: What happened next?

Detective Armstrong: Did you see anything unusual or anyone else hanging around the service station?

Rosalie Hansen: I didn’t see anyone. I’m not sure if this has anything to do with this. When I was driving there, a couple of blocks from the service station, a car sped past me. I only noticed it because the man was driving so fast. He had to be over the speed limit. I thought to myself he must be in a hurry.

Detective Armstrong: Rosalie, you said it was a man. Did you get a good look at him or the make of the car?

Rosalie Hansen: I’m sorry. I didn’t. I know he had dark hair, but that’s all I saw. I really didn’t pay too much attention to the car. Do you think that person could be the killer?

Detective Armstrong: We don’t know who the killer is at this point. We take all the information we get and check out all possible leads.

Detective Murphy: Thank you, Rosalie. If there’s anything else you can think of no matter if you think it’s not important, please call us. We know this was a terrifying experience for you. If you have trouble sleeping or if you have a hard time thinking about anything other than what you saw tonight, we know some excellent counselors who can help you with that. Just give me a call and I can give you some names. Here’s my card. You can go home to your son now.

End interview: 10:54 p.m.

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