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Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 10:30 a.m.

This witness, who traveled to Oxford with the victim, was interviewed in the motel room he shared with the victim. This interview was recorded on a portable tape recorder with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Gus Heller

Detective Murphy: Would you please state your name and address for the record?

Gus Heller: Gus Heller. I live at 250 10th Street NE in Atlanta, but I'm staying here at the Ole Miss Motel for as long as we're in town.

Detective Murphy: Thank you. You were acquainted with the deceased, Rolf Warner?

Gus Heller: Yes, we knew each other when we were children. After I came here to the US, we stayed in touch and, of course, we're working together. Or we were, before...

Detective Murphy: What were you working together on?

Gus Heller: We're creating a video game.

Detective Murphy: And Mr. Warner came here from Germany to work with you on this?

Gus Heller: Yes.

Detective Murphy: Why? I mean, why didn't you work with someone who was already in this country?

Gus Heller: Rolf has an exceptional talent for this kind of game design. We felt like he could do it better and faster than anyone else. We had worked together in the past, we'd known each other for years, and we felt like we could work well together on this project.

Detective Murphy: What were you doing in Oxford?

Gus Heller: We were considering using Rowan Oak as a setting for our game, among other places, so we wanted to get some photographs and find out more about the area to determine whether it would work for our project.

Detective Murphy: You are also traveling with a woman, right?

Gus Heller: Yes. Lita Harrison.

Detective Murphy: And what's her role? Is she helping you create the game or is she along with you for personal reasons?

Gus Heller: She is playing one of the characters in the game. She is with us because we need to get photographs of her in each of the locations we're using for the game.

Detective Armstrong: So she's an actress.

Gus Heller: She is for us.

Detective Murphy: Is that how she makes a living? Are you paying her to be in the game?

Gus Heller: She's agreed to work for a low rate up front in exchange for a piece of the profits when the game comes out.

Detective Murphy: So how does she support herself now?

Gus Heller: She has a job in Atlanta.

Detective Murphy: What kind of job?

Gus Heller: She is a dancer at a club called The Pink Posy.

Detective Armstrong: So, she's a stripper?

Gus Heller: Yes.

Detective Armstrong: But she's branching out to act in your game?

Gus Heller: I don't appreciate your attitude, Detective. Lita is a very nice young lady. She's had some hard times, but she found a way to support herself when she had very few options. There's nothing wrong with that.

Detective Armstrong: Hooker with a heart of gold, huh?

Gus Heller: She is not a hooker!

Detective Murphy: Gentlemen, please. How long have you been in Oxford, Mr. Heller?

Gus Heller: We arrived early Monday afternoon.

Detective Armstrong: How did you get here?

Gus Heller: We drove from Atlanta.

Detective Murphy: When did you leave Atlanta?

Gus Heller: Monday.

Detective Armstrong: So you drove straight through from Atlanta to Oxford?

Gus Heller: Yes.

Detective Murphy: Did any of you know anyone in Oxford before you got here?

Gus Heller: No.

Detective Murphy: Have you become friendly with anyone since you got here?

Gus Heller: We've met some people around town. Lita's very outgoing and she's met quite a few people. Rolf talked to a couple of people about our project and what we were doing here. He must have talked to one or two of the local actors because people have been coming by and leaving resumes for us with notes saying they'd like to appear in the game if there's a role for them.

Detective Murphy: Would you briefly tell us what you have done on a daily basis since you arrived in Oxford on Monday?

Gus Heller: Monday, we checked into our motel rooms and then walked around the University campus and the town, visited some of your local shops. We stopped for a beer and dinner, but we came back early because we were all tired from the trip. Tuesday, we visited Rowan Oak to take the tour and see the grounds. Then we drove to Tupelo to visit the Elvis Presley birthplace and to Memphis to visit Graceland.

Detective Murphy: And the three of you were together all the time?

Gus Heller: Yes, primarily. We weren't together every moment, of course, but most of the time we were in the same area if not together.

Detective Murphy: Was it a day trip? You returned to Oxford Tuesday evening?

Gus Heller: Yes, that's correct. We ate dinner in Memphis, and then we came back here.

Detective Murphy: How late were you out that night?

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