Tim Howorth interview #2
Monday, September 3, 2018 – 12:30 p.m.
Tim Howorth was Katy Brown's boyfriend.
Detectives Armstrong and Murphy re-interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department.
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Detective Samantha Murphy
- Tim Howorth
Detective Armstrong: Thanks for coming back in, Tim.
Tim Howorth: Anything I can do to help, detectives.
Detective Murphy: For the record, would you state your name and address?
Tim Howorth: My name's Tim Howorth, I live at 221 Cooke Street.
Detective Armstrong: Okay. Just so we’re clear, Tim, you’re here voluntarily, and you can leave anytime you want to. Do you understand?
Tim Howorth: Yeah.
Detective Murphy: Do you recognize this, Tim?
Tim Howorth: Yeah, it looks like her diary.
Detective Armstrong: Whose diary?
Tim Howorth: Katy's.
Detective Murphy: Did you ever read it?
Tim Howorth: No, ma'am, she wouldn't let me. She said it was private.
Detective Armstrong: Katy wrote that she was afraid of you. Any particular reason she would be?
Tim Howorth: Are you saying I killed her?
Detective Murphy: The reason we're here today is so we can get to the bottom of what this means. No one is accusing you of anything.
Tim Howorth: Yeah, right.
Detective Armstrong: Tell us about the night of August 4th.
Tim Howorth: That was Steve's 18th birthday party.
Detective Armstrong: Were you drinking at that party?
Tim Howorth: I had a couple of beers. So what?
Detective Murphy: Does Steve have a last name?
Tim Howorth: I don’t want to get him in trouble.
Detective Murphy: You need someone who can corroborate your story, so we’ll know whether you’re telling us the truth or not.
Tim Howorth: Fine. Steve Robins.
Detective Armstrong: What did you do after the party?
Tim Howorth: Katy texted me and said she was bored after hanging out with her doofus brother all day. She asked me if I wanted to come over and watch a movie, so I said sure.
Detective Armstrong: Katy's parents had no problem with you being over there so late at night?
Tim Howorth: Well, like I said, I was kinda drunk, so I snuck in through the back window. They never knew I was there.
Detective Armstrong: Then what happened?
Tim Howorth: We were trying to pick out a movie, and she's all like "Let's watch Mamma Mia," and I'm like "No, let's watch something good." She got mad, and we argued, and at one point, I grabbed the remote and threw it against the wall. Then I left.
Detective Murphy: Did you touch her or threaten her?
Tim Howorth: No, nothing like that. I was drunk, I didn't want to watch that dumb movie, so I threw the remote. I was just being stupid.
Detective Murphy: Was that the only time you did something that scared her?
Tim Howorth: I guess.
Detective Murphy: She wrote that when you drink you turn into an angry guy she didn’t know and didn’t like.
Tim Howorth: She said that?
Detective Murphy: See right here?
Tim Howorth: Wow. I mean, I knew she got all goody-goody about the drinking, but she never said anything about … that.
Detective Murphy: Has anyone else ever mentioned that you get angry when you drink?
Tim Howorth: I don’t know. Maybe.
Detective Murphy: You should give that some serious thought. Maybe it’s not a good idea for you to be drinking. And that’s aside from the fact that you’re underage and it’s illegal.
Tim Howorth: Yeah, okay.
Detective Murphy: This isn’t a joke, Tim. You need to take this seriously. Your whole future could depend on it.
Tim Howorth: Okay, okay!
Detective Armstrong: A couple weeks after that incident with the movie, Katy wrote that you had been acting strangely.
Tim Howorth: So?
Detective Armstrong: She thought maybe you wanted to break up with her.
Tim Howorth: She did?
Detective Armstrong: Were you looking to get out of your relationship with Katy?
Tim Howorth: Yeah, I guess. I just didn’t know she knew that.
Detective Armstrong: Why did you want to end the relationship?
Tim Howorth: You know, she was nice and all, but her family is weird. Her brother’s a creepy little doofus, always following us around and stuff. It’s like he got mad whenever someone else was around her.
Detective Armstrong: You must be pretty relieved. Breaking up is difficult and painful. Now that she's dead you won't have to go through all—
Tim Howorth: I didn't kill her to break up with her!
Detective Armstrong: Then why did you kill her?
Tim Howorth: What? No, that came out wrong. I didn't kill her at all!
Detective Armstrong: We’d like to believe that, Tim. What does your new girlfriend have to say about it?
Tim Howorth: New girlfriend?
Detective Armstrong: We heard you were seeing someone new.
Tim Howorth: Not that again. Paula and I are just friends. I don’t know why people don’t get that.
Detective Armstrong: Did you kill Katy so you could be with Paula?
Tim Howorth: You’ve lost it. I already told you, I didn’t kill her! You think I’d kill someone just so I wouldn’t have to break up with her? That’s insane. You said earlier I could go whenever I want, so I want to leave now.
Detective Murphy: That’s fine, Tim, but can I ask you one more thing before you go? It doesn’t have anything to do with Katy.
Tim Howorth: What do you want?
Detective Murphy: Do you wear contacts?
Tim Howorth: What?
Detective Murphy: Do you wear contact lenses?
Tim Howorth: Since I was twelve.
Detective Murphy: It would help us out a lot if you could get us a copy of your vision prescription.
Tim Howorth: My prescription?
Detective Murphy: We could get a court order for it, but if you provided it voluntarily, that would help us out a lot.
Tim Howorth: I'll have to find it, but I can email it to you later, I guess.
Detective Murphy: Thank you. We really appreciate it.
Detective Armstrong: Hey Tim, just one last thing.
Tim Howorth: What?
Detective Armstrong: How were you going to do it?
Tim Howorth: Do what?
Detective Armstrong: Break up with Katy.
Tim Howorth: I guess we'll never know.
Interview ended – 1:03 p.m.