Is Paul's affair or his wife's related to their daughter's murder?

Paul Byrns interview #2

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 2:17 p.m.

Paul Byrns is Alyx’s father.

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


  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Paul Byrns

Detective Murphy: Good afternoon, Mr. Byrns. We're going to need your name and address for the record.

Paul Byrns: My name is Paul Byrns, and I live at 604 College Hill Road, Oxford Mississippi. Have you caught the person that killed my daughter?

Detective Murphy: Well, Mr. Byrns, you realize this case is still under investigation.

Paul Byrns: I just assumed that's why you wanted to see me. I hoped you had found my Alyx's killer.

Detective Murphy: We need to ask you additional questions concerning your daughter's murder.

Paul Byrns: I'm not sure if I know anything else, but I'll do anything I can to help find the person that took my Alyx from me.

Detective Armstrong: Do you think your chef, Rachel Moody, could have harmed Alyx?

Paul Byrns: No, I don't think she would. If I thought for a second she had hurt Alyx, I would terminate her employment. I know Rachel disliked Alyx, but she had her reasons. Alyx didn't make things easy for her. She was pretty mean to Rachel most of the time.

Detective Armstrong: So you knew Alyx gave Rachel a hard time? Why not stop the harassment?

Paul Byrns: I thought it was harmless. Rachel never complained, so I figured they had worked it out between themselves. Besides, Alyx was almost 18 and would be heading off to college soon. There was not much telling her anything if you know what I mean.

Detective Armstrong: Before she Alyx was killed, you were seen arguing with her out by the pool.

Paul Byrns: Hey, I'm a dad. Alyx and I occasionally argued. That just makes me like all the rest of the dads in the world. She was a stubborn teenager and always wanted her way.

Detective Murphy: Can you tell us the nature of that particular argument?

Paul Byrns: That day, she threatened to act out unless I gave her a bigger allowance. I will admit that Alyx was completely spoiled by both Barbara and me. I told her she was not getting any additional money. She didn't take it too well, as you might imagine.

Detective Armstrong: Did you also argue about Alyx’s threat to tell your wife about the affair you were having with Alyx’s best friend, Katie Henderson?

Paul Byrns: Absolutely not! That just is not true!

Detective Armstrong: Come on, Mr. Byrns. We have information from a reliable source, and that is exactly what happened. You are having sex with Katie Henderson. Why not help yourself out here and quit lying to us? We need the truth.

Paul Byrns: Fine. I was sleeping with Katie. She was persistent. It made it difficult for me to resist her. Besides, she's old enough to know what she wants.

Detective Armstrong: Does your wife know this?

Paul Byrns: I think she suspects, but what difference does it make? She's having an affair, so I guess that makes us even.

Detective Armstrong: Your wife is having an affair?

Paul Byrns: Yes, with the pool boy. Rachel saw them kissing out by the pool house. She thought I should know about it. Personally, I think she's jealous and wants him for herself.

Detective Murphy: Who is jealous of whom?

Paul Byrns: Rachel is jealous that my wife is having sex with David Gregory.

Detective Armstrong: Did Alyx know about this affair?

Paul Byrns: She may have. If she did, she never said anything about it to me.

Detective Armstrong: Mr. Byrns, do you think Barbara may have felt threatened by Alyx? Afraid that Alyx would tell you about her affair with David?

Paul Byrns: Barbara threatened by Alyx? Not that I can see. Barbara loved Alyx very much. I am sure that, while the affair would upset Alyx, she would forgive Barbara.

Detective Armstrong: Thank you. We appreciate you coming in. I promise you we'll do our best to find Alyx’s killer.

Paul Byrns: I loved my daughter more than anyone, and I want whoever killed her to be caught so they can pay. Please find the S.O.B. who did this to my child.

Interview ended – 2:56 p.m.


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