Young man with short dark hair

Jimmy Carnes interview

Sunday, January 10, 2021 – 10:28 p.m.

Jimmy Carnes was working as a clerk at the Kangaroo Express convenience store when he and a customer found a young woman's body in a restroom.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department.


  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Jimmy Carnes

Detective Armstrong: Take a seat right over there. Let's start off with your name and address.

Jimmy Carnes: My name is Jimmy Carnes, and my trailer is in Lot 66 at the Wheel Estates, on 913 South 18th St.

Detective Armstrong: What can you tell us about what you saw? Did you know the young woman in the restroom?

Jimmy Carnes: I wish I could tell you who committed this horrible act, but I can't think of anyone that depraved. And no, I didn't know her.

Detective Armstrong: Have you ever seen her before?

Jimmy Carnes: Sure. She's been by to use the restroom or buy a Coke or whatever. I never talked to her, though. She always just came in and did what she needed to do without saying much.

Detective Armstrong: So you saw her come in earlier tonight?

Jimmy Carnes: Yeah.

Detective Armstrong: About what time was that?

Jimmy Carnes: I don't know. A little while before we found her in the bathroom, I guess.

Detective Murphy: Did you notice anything unusual about her when she came in tonight?

Jimmy Carnes: She never had skates on before. I thought that was strange. Do you think whoever set up those candles in the bathroom also put the skates on her?

Detective Murphy: Was she wearing skates when she first came in?

Jimmy Carnes: I don't know.

Detective Murphy: Okay, then. What else did you see?

Jimmy Carnes: Nothing! I didn't know anything had happened until the lady came up and asked if I would let her in the ladies' room.

Detective Murphy: Is that how people usually access the restrooms? They have to ask you to let them in?

Jimmy Carnes: No.

Detective Murphy: So, what did you do?

Jimmy Carnes: Well, the lady said she saw the sign on the door but she really had to go, so she tried the door anyway, and it was locked, and could I please let her in. I didn't even know the door was locked or what sign she was talking about.

Detective Armstrong: So being a smart young man, you went to see what was going on, didn't you?

Jimmy Carnes: That's right. When I saw the Out of Order sign on the door, I was stumped because I hadn't put it there, and I was working alone.

Detective Murphy: And, what happened next?

Jimmy Carnes: I tried to open the door, but the lady was right. It was locked.

Detective Murphy: What did you do then?

Jimmy Carnes: Well, I had to go back to the office to get the key. The one we always use was missing, so I had to get the other key out of the desk drawer. Then I walked back and opened the door. I called out before I went in just in case someone was there, but no one answered so I went in. That's when I saw her.

Detective Murphy: Did the customer go with you when you went to the office?

Jimmy Carnes: No, she just waited by the bathroom, I guess.

Detective Murphy: Okay. So you opened the restroom door and saw her. Then what did you do?

Jimmy Carnes: I thought maybe she had fainted, so I walked towards her, and then I saw the blood. Lots of blood. It makes me sick just thinking about it all. It was awful.

Detective Murphy: Did you notice anything else?

Jimmy Carnes: Oh yeah. Candles. All lined up in the shape of a cross, and they were burning. It was eerie.

Detective Armstrong: Did you touch anything or pick up anything?

Jimmy Carnes: Gosh, no. I couldn't take my eyes off of her. Once I saw her eyes were open, I knew she was dead. The lady that was behind me screamed and ran out the door. I got goosebumps then, and I ran out too.

Detective Armstrong: Think carefully now. Are you sure that's all?

Jimmy Carnes: I can't think of anything else. Oh yeah, I did see some paper on the floor. Maybe a gum wrapper or candy wrapper. That isn't important though, I'm sure.

Detective Armstrong: Everything is important, Jimmy. Who used the restroom last?

Jimmy Carnes: We have a lot of people using the restrooms. I don't remember who was there last.

Detective Armstrong: Is there anything else you think we should know?

Jimmy Carnes: I've been trying to think if there was anything I could have done, something maybe I missed that would have warned me. And then I remembered that I saw some guy walking out of the office earlier tonight.

Detective Murphy: Was there something about him that makes him stick out in your memory?

Jimmy Carnes: He acted like he was hiding something under his jacket, so I ran into the office to see if anything was stolen, but nothing was gone that I could see. After all this happened tonight, I was thinking maybe that was what he was doing. Taking the sign and the key.

Detective Murphy: What did he look like?

Jimmy Carnes: I only saw him for a few seconds, and I never saw his face. He went around the corner towards the restrooms, and I forgot about him after I realized nothing had been stolen.

Detective Armstrong: Picture him in your mind, Jimmy. Nothing that you can tell us?

Jimmy Carnes: His hair was dark, but I can't remember anything else about him.

Detective Murphy: What about the security cameras? Maybe he's on the video?

Jimmy Carnes: Um, well …

Detective Murphy: Well what, Jimmy?

Jimmy Carnes: They don't work.

Detective Murphy: The cameras don't work?

Jimmy Carnes: Yeah. The boss keeps saying he's going to get them fixed, but … you won't tell him I told you, will you? That's supposed to be a secret.

Detective Murphy: We understand. Thank you, Jimmy. And if you recall anything else‒

Jimmy Carnes: Wait! I did notice that he was whistling. Sounded a little like a song I used to sing in church when I was a little boy. Is that important?

Detective Murphy: Could be. You never know. Do you know what song it was?

Jimmy Carnes: No, I can't think of it. Listen, I really need to get back to work now. Can I go?

Detective Armstrong: The store is a crime scene. It's going to be closed for at least the rest of the night, but I don't think we have any other questions for right now. You can go. We'll be in touch if we need anything else from you.

Interview ended –: 10:46 p.m.



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Not a lot to go on here. Maybe will need to reinterview him again later to see if he can recall further details. Any detail no matter how small is helpful at either including or excluding!

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