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Witness Interview: Jack Swanson, the Victim's Boyfriend

Wednesday, November 22, 2000, 5:40 p.m.

The witness, a twenty-six year old part-time actor, was re-interviewed by the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department at the residence of the deceased.

TA = Detective T. Armstrong
JS = Jack Swanson

TA: Would you state your name and address for the record, please?

JS: Jack Swanson. I'm still living out in Abbeville.

TA: I appreciate you talking to us again, Jack.

JS: No problem.

TA: Do you know Peggy LeClaire?

JS: Yeah. She used to do some typing and transcription work for Zoe.

TA: Know her well?

JS: Not really. She came around a few times. She'd swing by the house to drop off some papers. Or pick up notes and stuff from Zoe. We'd chat for a few minutes and that'd be it. Sometimes I met Zoe at the bookstore after her writing group and I'd see Peggy there.

TA: Have you talked to her lately?

JS: Saw her the other day on the Square. We sat on the bench and talked for a bit. She told me how sorry she was about Zoe.

TA: How did she act?

JS: She seemed pretty upset. Kept talking about how terrible it was. How wonderful Zoe was and all. She kind of runs on and on while she's talking. Just babbles, to be honest with you.

TA: What did you think about this conversation?

JS: I just wanted to get out of there. Sitting on a bench on the damn Square, talking about Zoe in front of everyone wasn't my idea of fun. I felt mighty uncomfortable. And then Peggy can be just plain weird sometimes.

TA: Weird in what way?

JS: As I said, she just babbles. Runs on and on and seems to be mad that she even has to take a breath. She kept talking about how wonderful Zoe was and how everyone loved her. But, she seemed kind of cold when she said that stuff.

TA: What do you mean by that?

JS: It reminded me of when I used to take drama classes at school. Some kid would be up there reciting his lines and he would have all the right words and movements and things. But there was no feeling to it. You could always tell when he wasn't really into his role. That's the way that I felt about Peggy that day.

TA: You mean that you felt as though she was saying how wonderful Zoe was, but that she didn't really believe that.

JS: Exactly. Maybe she really did mean all that stuff. People deal with death in different ways. Maybe she was just weirded out by the situation.

TA: That's possible. But, just for the sake of the discussion, can you think of any reason why Peggy might not like Zoe?

JS: I'm sure there were probably lots of reasons. Zoe could be demanding, she could be mean. Hell, probably anyone you talk to about her could tell you at least one story or two.

TA: So you can't think of any reason that Peggy specifically might not like Zoe?

JS: No.

TA: Okay, thanks.

End interview 5:56 p.m.

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