Very tan man with receding gray hair

Gene Collins

Monday, January 25, 2021 – 10:54 a.m.

Alderman Gene Collins is rumored to be the subject of a probe by the Yoknapatawpha County District Attorney's Office.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy spoke to him at his floral shop.


  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Gene Collins

Detective Murphy: Thank you for seeing us on short notice, Mr. Collins. It was kind of you to fit us into your busy schedule.

Gene Collins: Busy is an understatement, so I hope this won't take too long. I've got appointments to keep.

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

Gene Collins: I'm Alderman Gene Collins, and I live at 810 Lincoln Avenue, right here in little old Oxford.

Detective Murphy: Mr. Collins, we'll do our best not to take up too much of your time. I'm sure you know why we've come to see you.

Gene Collins: Let's see, Spenser Brooks takes a bullet in the head, and I get a visit from the sheriff's department. I assure you I had nothing to do with that, and please … call me Alderman.

Detective Armstrong: So … Mr. Collins … how did you and District Attorney Brooks get along?

Gene Collins: Couldn't stand the SOB. Arrogant and cocky to a fault. That guy was something else, or at least he thought so.

Detective Armstrong: So you and the DA weren't exactly best buddies. How about telling us why?

Gene Collins: I'll tell you why. Besides being a jerk, that punk Brooks accused me of taking bribes.

Detective Armstrong: I haven't heard about any charges being filed. When did he accuse you?

Gene Collins: Have you been living under a rock? It was all over the papers. He didn't have the cajones—pardon my French—to accuse me face-to-face, so he just made insinuations to the media, which they ran with, of course. And all the while, he's got his people hassling me.

Detective Armstrong: Hassling you how?

Gene Collins: He had people following me, phoning me, harassing me and my friends. His people are only interested in cheap character assassination. I assure you I haven't done anything wrong.

Detective Armstrong: Did you talk to the DA about this alleged harassment?

Gene Collins: Sure, I tried, but he didn't want to listen. All he cared about was how many convictions he could get.

Detective Armstrong: That was basically his job, wasn't it?

Gene Collins: He was supposed to lock up criminals, not try to make political hay by going after innocent, high-profile people like me.

Detective Armstrong: Right.

Detective Murphy: Is there anyone else you can think of that may have wanted to kill Spenser Brooks?

Gene Collins: How about half of Yoknapatawpha County and a couple neighboring counties as well? Most people didn't like him one bit. He never gave a damn about justice. All he wanted was another notch in his gun, and to hell with whether the person was guilty or not.

Detective Murphy: So, no, you don't know of anyone specific?

Gene Collins: Well, I certainly hope you're going to check out that Jill Ross.

Detective Murphy: Do you think she wanted him dead?

Gene Collins: She wanted to be the DA so bad she could taste it. Now that Brooks is dead and gone, it's her job to take. She's like a mad dog when she wants something. I ought to know. She's harassed me enough.

Detective Armstrong: What about you, Mr. Collins?

Gene Collins: What about me?

Detective Armstrong: Didn't you want DA Brooks dead? Sounds like you had plenty of reasons of your own.

Gene Collins: I'm appalled by your accusations. I had nothing to do with Brooks's death.

Detective Armstrong: Where were you on Saturday when the DA was murdered?

Gene Collins: That is none of your business. If you're going to accuse me of a crime, you can just talk to my lawyer. Far as I'm concerned, this interview is over. You can see yourselves out!

Interview ended – 11:07 a.m.


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Angry, sure! I don't know if that makes him a killer.

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If you have nothing to hide, then why say "none of your business". I'm not sure if he did it, but being very defensive, it seems like he's hiding something.

  Tamara Boyd
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