Monday, October 12, 2020 – 1:15 p.m.
Terry Hinson owns and operates Mother's Garden florist shop at 2138 Jackson Avenue West.
Detectives Murphy and Parker interviewed him at his shop.
- Detective S. Murphy
- Detective E. Parker
- Terry Hinson
Detective Murphy: Good afternoon. Would you please state your name and address for the record?
Terry Hinson: Terry Hinson, 445 Anchorage Road, Oxford, Mississippi.
Detective Murphy: You told the other officers about the sale you made of six long-stemmed roses last weekend. Could you tell us about it?
Terry Hinson: Sure. It was Saturday afternoon late, just before we closed.
Detective Parker: This past Saturday, the 10th?
Terry Hinson: That's right. He wanted the six roses delivered on Sunday morning, but we don't do deliveries on Sunday.
Detective Parker: You told him that?
Terry Hinson: Of course.
Detective Parker: What did he say?
Terry Hinson: He offered to pay double if we'd deliver them anyway. I told him I was sorry, but we just couldn't do it. I offered to deliver them first thing Monday morning, but he wasn't interested in that.
Detective Murphy: But you did sell six long-stemmed red roses that day?
Terry Hinson: Yes, he still bought them.
Detective Parker: How did he pay for them?
Terry Hinson: Cash.
Detective Murphy: What haven't you told us?
Terry Hinson: I don't want her to get in trouble.
Detective Murphy: Who?
Terry Hinson: One of my delivery people.
Detective Murphy: Did she do anything criminal?
Terry Hinson: Not that I know of.
Detective Murphy: So why the concern?
Terry Hinson: She may have accepted a cash payment off the books.
Detective Murphy: We don't care about that.
Terry Hinson: You're sure?
Detective Murphy: You have my word. If the IRS ever comes around with questions, it won't be because of this.
Terry Hinson: Okay, well, Jenna Mayne is one of my part-timers. She was working deliveries on Saturday, and I saw Mr. Talbot talking to her.
Detective Parker: And?
Terry Hinson: And Jenna is the one who came by on Sunday morning and picked up the roses he bought.
Detective Parker: Why do you think she did that?
Terry Hinson: I don't know anything definitely, but if I had to guess, I'd say Mr. Talbot paid her to deliver them Sunday morning.
Detective Murphy: You said he paid cash. How do you know his name?
Terry Hinson: This is a little awkward.
Detective Murphy: Go on.
Terry Hinson: He sends flowers to his wife every Monday. He has an account with us.
Detective Murphy: But he paid cash this time?
Terry Hinson: Yes.
Detective Murphy: Did he pay cash other times?
Terry Hinson: Yes.
Detective Murphy: How often?
Terry Hinson: I couldn't say.
Detective Murphy: Yes, you can. How often?
Terry Hinson: Once a week, usually. For the last year or so.
Detective Parker: Were those cash purchases delivered?
Terry Hinson: Usually.
Detective Parker: To one address or several?
Terry Hinson: Just one.
Detective Parker: You have that address?
Terry Hinson: Of course.
Detective Parker: This is the part where you tell us what that address is.
Terry Hinson: I don't know. Our customers rely on our discretion.
Detective Parker: There's no florist-client confidentiality, so just tell us. We could get a warrant, but then this would all be a matter of public record, and none of us wants that, do we?
Terry Hinson: Oh, all right. I need to look it up in the computer here. Is that okay?
Detective Parker: Sure. Go ahead.
Terry Hinson: Here it is. The address is 53 Effie Circle, #102.
Detective Parker: The name?
Terry Hinson: It says here … C. Morris.
Detective Parker: No first name?
Terry Hinson: No. I'm sorry. He never told us.
Detective Murphy: Why did he use his account for some purchases and pay cash for others?
Terry Hinson: It's obvious, isn't it?
Detective Murphy: Is it?
Terry Hinson: In my business, it usually means the cash purchases are going to a girlfriend or mistress.
Detective Parker: Usually?
Terry Hinson: Mr. Talbot may not be the only person in town who sometimes sends flowers to more than one person.
Detective Murphy: But for today, we're only interested in Mr. Talbot. Is that why he does it?
Terry Hinson: I don't know. He never said. But if I had to guess, I'd say yes.
Detective Parker: Does he come in the store to place his orders?
Terry Hinson: The cash ones, yes. The others he sometimes does on the phone and sometimes in person.
Detective Parker: Can you describe him?
Terry Hinson: He's tall, dark hair, middle-aged, usually in a suit.
Detective Parker: And since he has an account with you, you can give us his contact information: address, phone number?
Terry Hinson: Sure. I can just print it out from the computer file if that's okay?
Detective Murphy: While you're at it, why don't you go ahead and print out Jenna Mayne's contact information too.
Terry Hinson: Okay.
Detective Parker: Is Jenna working today?
Terry Hinson: No, she's off today. She'll be in tomorrow.
Detective Murphy: Does Mr. Talbot send flowers to anyone else? You mentioned his wife and this C. Morris.
Terry Hinson: Not on a regular basis.
Detective Murphy: What does that mean?
Terry Hinson: He sends flowers to his wife every week like I told you. And sends them to Miss Morris—
Detective Murphy: C. Morris is a woman?
Terry Hinson: I'm assuming. Anyway, he sends C. Morris flowers not as often, but pretty regularly. Other than that, it's just the usual occasional stuff.
Detective Parker: Meaning?
Terry Hinson: He sends flowers on Mother's Day, Secretaries Day, funerals, his anniversary, the usual stuff.
Detective Murphy: When was the last time you saw him?
Terry Hinson: Last Saturday.
Detective Parker: You haven't seen him since then?
Terry Hinson: No. We sent his usual delivery to his wife today, but he called that in this morning.
Detective Murphy: Was there anything unusual about the order for his wife today?
Terry Hinson: No. Same address, same kind of flowers, same everything.
Detective Murphy: Does he send her roses too?
Terry Hinson: Sometimes, but lately he's been sending calla lilies in a variety of colors. He says they're her favorites.
Detective Parker: Did he ever say anything about C. Morris? Why he sent her roses or what their relationship was?
Terry Hinson: No, and we don't ask those kinds of questions unless the customer asks for our help choosing what type of flowers to send.
Detective Parker: And he never did that?
Terry Hinson: No, he always knows exactly what he wants.
Detective Murphy: Okay. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Mr. Hinson. We really appreciate it.
Terry Hinson: I hope something I said was helpful. We're big fans of local law enforcement here. We even offer a discount, in case you ever want to buy flowers.
Detective Parker: That's very nice of you. I don't think we need any flowers today.
Terry Hinson: Of course, but when you do, we'll be here. Tell your friends at the Sheriff's Department.
Interview ended – 10:32 a.m.