Thursday, October 28, 2021 – 12:55 a.m.
Heath Rushing is a board member of the Yoknapatawpha Players.
He was transported from the scene to the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department, where Detectives Magee and Beckwith talked to him.
- Detective P. Beckwith
- Detective J. Magee
- Heath Rushing
Detective Beckwith: Mr. Rushing, please have a seat here.
Heath Rushing: Where? There, okay.
Detective Magee: How are you doing, young man? You seem a bit out of it.
Heath Rushing: I'm okay now. I wasn't okay then. But I'm okay, okay?
Detective Magee: All right, tell us what drug you've taken.
Heath Rushing: Who are y'all?
Detective Magee: We are Yoknapatawpha County detectives.
Heath Rushing: What are you doing here?
Detective Beckwith: We are investigating the death of—
Heath Rushing: Y'all aren't even real. I'm just talking to myself. Yeah.
Detective Magee: We're very real, Mr. Rushing.
Heath Rushing: If y'all are real, hold up three fingers. Okay, y'all held up four. Oh, see, you're fake.
Detective Beckwith: No, no, don't stand up.
Heath Rushing: You have a little head. Like, little.
Detective Beckwith: Mr. Rushing, we cannot help you unless we know what drug you have taken.
Heath Rushing: There was two mushrooms I ate. Two of the really big ones.
Detective Magee: You took magic mushrooms?
Heath Rushing: I ate them.
Detective Beckwith: When did you take them?
Heath Rushing: I didn't take them anywhere. I just ate them.
Detective Magee: Did you eat them before the play today?
Heath Rushing: Yeah.
Detective Beckwith: What do you remember about the play?
Heath Rushing: There were monsters in it.
Detective Beckwith: Monsters?
Heath Rushing: Yeah. Monsters. I got locked in a box. Then I got out. Am I okay?
Detective Magee: You're okay. How did you get out of the box?
Heath Rushing: I got out of the box.
Detective Beckwith: What box?
Heath Rushing: I don't know. I got out of it.
Detective Beckwith: Did a wall of the box fall down?
Heath Rushing: I just walked out of it.
Detective Magee: Did someone lock you in the box?
Heath Rushing: Something bad happened … I want to lay down. Like on the ground.
Detective Magee: Try to focus, Mr. Rushing. What bad thing happened?
Heath Rushing: I don't know. I had an arm.
Detective Beckwith: Whose arm?
Heath Rushing: A monster's arm. I had a monster's arm with me.
Detective Beckwith: In the box?
Heath Rushing: I got out of the box.
Detective Magee: We've established that.
Heath Rushing: I'm laying down now. Nighty-night, fake cops.
Detective Beckwith: Mr. Rushing, you can lie down after we're done asking you questions.
Heath Rushing: Maybe you can ask them while I'm down here.
Detective Magee: Mr. Rushing.
Heath Rushing: You know, it's pretty hot down here.
Detective Beckwith: All right, Mr. Rushing, off the floor. There. Here's your chair.
Detective Magee: Now, try to focus. Do you remember who was with you during the play?
Heath Rushing: Janet and some monsters … I don't know.
Detective Magee: By monsters, do you mean actors dressed like zombies?
Heath Rushing: Yeah, they were monster zombies.
Detective Magee: Who is Janet?
Heath Rushing: You know, just Janet … Janet.
Detective Beckwith: Why did you have an arm?
Heath Rushing: Because it broke off a monster zombie.
Detective Magee: What did you do with it?
Heath Rushing: I gave it to Janet.
Detective Beckwith: What did Janet do with it?
Heath Rushing: I don't know. She wanted it. I should go back down on the floor.
Detective Magee: No, you really shouldn't. Did you see Scott Bryant today at any time?
Heath Rushing: No. I didn't see him. Woody said he needed help.
Detective Magee: He's dead.
Heath Rushing: The zombie monsters got him!
Detective Beckwith: No, that's not—
Heath Rushing: The zombie monsters got him. They got him. We gotta get out of here!
Detective Beckwith: Calm down—
Heath Rushing: We gotta go! We gotta go!
Detective Magee: Mr. Rushing?
Heath Rushing: [Inaudible] can go out the back door.
Detective Magee: We're going to need medical. Mr. Rushing, calm down.
Detective Beckwith: I'll call it in.
Interview ended – 1:14 a.m.