Rebel Yell canvass
On May 28 and 29, 2018, Detectives Armstrong and Murphy went to The Rebel Yell to talk to the employees and patrons regarding anything they may have witnessed involving Detective Charles Tatum, particularly on the evening of Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
The witnesses were also asked for any observations regarding Hank Peterson and/or Jolene Wright. Interviews were conducted confidentially, out of earshot and eyeshot of proprietor, Hank Peterson.
The following interview descriptions, provided in summary and not verbatim, are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
28054 MS-6, Unit #21
Ms. Ballinger said she wasn't acquainted with Charles Tatum, but knew that Hank Peterson didn't have any use for him because when Peterson was drinking, he sometimes let everyone in the bar know how he felt about Tatum.
Ballinger added that there were several patrons at the bar who also didn't like Tatum, and they would join in with Hank in the bad-mouthing, including one such loudmouth who went by the name of JP.
Ballinger didn't know Jolene Wright by name but recognized her from a photograph. She said she felt sorry for Wright and characterized Wright as the kind of person who'd been beaten down by life and probably men too, which had made her numb to the world. When asked, Ballinger said Wright had never said anything to confirm her perception, but she could just tell what Wright's life was like.
Ballinger said she didn't come into the Rebel Yell often because it was a dirty, disgusting place, but her boyfriend sometimes forced her to go with him. She said she didn't know what kind of shenanigans went on in the back room and she didn't want to know, but it was a busy place.