Smiling brown-haired man wearing coveralls and holding a broom

Eddie House

Saturday, October 31, 2020 – 10:30 a.m.

Eddie House is a custodian at Yoknapatawpha County High School.

Detective Murphy interviewed him at the high school.


  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Eddie House

Detective Murphy: Mr. House, I’m Detective Murphy with the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. I’m investigating the murder of Frederick Miller. Do you have a moment to answer a few questions?

Eddie House: Well, sure, anything I can do to help, I reckon.

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

Travis Lancaster: I'm Eddie House. My address is 525 County Road 102.

Detective Murphy: You’re the custodian here, right?

Eddie House: Yep, I’m the guy who keeps this place clean. You wouldn’t believe the messes these kids leave around here.

Detective Murphy: Did you know Frederick Miller?

Eddie House: Not really. One time he made me clean the mirrors in the boys' bathroom again, saying I missed some spots. I didn’t take too kindly to that, but I cleaned them again anyway.

Detective Murphy: Did you have any other interactions with him?

Eddie House: I try and steer clear from him. I don’t need him telling me how to do my job.

Detective Murphy: When was the last time you saw him?

Eddie House: Thursday. I was sweeping his classroom after all the kids went home. He was in there, grading papers.

Detective Murphy: Did he say anything to you?

Eddie House: All he said was that I missed a spot. I hadn’t even gotten there yet.

Detective Murphy: What type of mood was he in?

Eddie House: Just the same as always. Sitting there thinking he’s above it all.

Detective Murphy: Being the guy who cleans up around here, you must see a lot through the course of the day.

Eddie House: Oh yeah, when I’m sweeping, I’m also keeping an eye on what’s going on. That’s what I always tell Principal Brown.

Detective Murphy: Did you see anything strange going on with Frederick?

Eddie House: What do you mean?

Detective Murphy: Like did he have any arguments with anyone?

Eddie House: Well, I don’t know what it was all about, but I saw him and his wife having an argument a few days back, must’ve been on Monday.

Detective Murphy: How did you know it was his wife?

Eddie House: Met her before. Nice lady. I guess opposites really do attract sometimes.

Detective Murphy: Did you hear anything they were saying?

Eddie House: I kept my distance. I know they don’t want me sticking my nose into their business.

Detective Murphy: What happened?

Eddie House: She stormed off. Frederick just stood there, shaking his head.

Detective Murphy: Did you ever argue with Frederick?

Eddie House: As I said, I didn’t like it when he told me how to do my job. Didn’t appreciate him sticking his nose into my business, but I’m not one to make a fuss. I just put my head down and kept on working like I always do.

Detective Murphy: Did you notice anyone else having any trouble with him recently.

Eddie House: No, officer, I can’t say that I did. Just him and his wife arguing.

Detective Murphy: Okay, I know you’re a busy man, Mr. House. I just need to know one more thing from you. Where exactly were you on Thursday night between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.?

Eddie House: That’s my bowling night with my buddies.

Detective Murphy: And your teammates can verify you were there?

Eddie House: Oh yeah, they can tell you that they saw me throwing gutter balls and cussin' all night long.

Detective Murphy: Okay. Can we get your fingerprints and a DNA sample from you?

Eddie House: Why, sure, officer, whatever you want. I have nothing to hide.

Detective Murphy: Well, thanks for your time, Mr. House. We appreciate it.

Eddie House: You’re welcome.

Interview ended – 10:56 a.m.


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So Eddie keeps an eye on things. He would know what was going on between Fred and Marc. He would know Marc loves to wear Beanie Hats. He may have found an archery pin lost by Marc. He would have access to work gloves, (not that they are rare for...

So Eddie keeps an eye on things. He would know what was going on between Fred and Marc. He would know Marc loves to wear Beanie Hats. He may have found an archery pin lost by Marc. He would have access to work gloves, (not that they are rare for anyone to obtain). He doesn't like Fred. He thinks Fred's wife is a nice lady, too good for Fred in Eddie's mind. He might even run like a girl
I wonder, is he good at archery and does he hunt with a bow? What will his alibi amount too?

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