Bell alibi canvass
Following the interview with Gloria Bell, the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department conducted a witness canvass to try to corroborate Bell's alibi.
They spoke to people in the area of the The Juke Joint, where Gloria Bell said she saw a movie on the evening of the murders, and along the route between that location and the Kroger grocery store, where she said she stopped to make purchases on the way home. They also spoke to people in the vicinity of Bell's residence.
Investigators were looking for potential witnesses who might have seen Gloria Bell on the night of July 9, 2021. They were also looking for anyone who may have seen Bell in her gray Jeep Grand Cherokee that same evening.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
The Juke Joint
The Juke Joint – 385 S. 14th Street
103 Van Buren, Apartment A
Frampton, 24, said he was at the movies the night of July 9 with a date, Marcela Hyde.
Frampton recalled seeing Bell sitting alone in the audience. He said he remembered her because a group of adolescents sitting in front of her were talking during the previews and she said something to them, perhaps asking them to quiet down.
"They totally began swearing at her and calling her offensive names and all this crap," said Frampton. "It was disgusting."
Frampton said when the movie ended, he and his date left while Bell was still in the theatre watching the credits.
He said he didn't notice her Jeep Cherokee or otherwise see her in the parking lot.
900 Whirlpool Drive, Apartment 109
Quince, 23, is a part-time manager at the The Juke Joint and was staffing the ticket booth with Jennifer Wall (below). His shift began at 3:00 p.m. and ended at midnight.
Quince said there were several single-ticket buyers for the early evening shows, and added he remembered seeing "a couple of old, fat ladies come in by themselves." He could not precisely describe Bell, and when shown a photograph, was unsure whether he'd seen her.
Receipts from July 9 show that three single-ticket cash purchases for $9.00 each were made for the 7:15 p.m. show of F9.
111 Skyline Road
Straub, 16, works part-time at The Juke Joint and was staffing the concession counter from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on July 9.
She said Bell purchased a small popcorn and a soda around 7:30 p.m. and claimed to remember Bell because she was wearing a "Women's rights are human rights" T-shirt.
"I told her, 'Right on' and she told me to make sure all my friends voted, even though I'm totally not old enough. It was weird," Straub recalled.
Straub confided that her parents are Republicans and they "totally disagree on the issues."
Baxter Hall, Room 358
Wall, 19, works part-time at The Juke Joint to supplement her work-study income.
She was on duty at the ticket booth July 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and said she doesn't remember seeing anyone matching Bell's description, but added "we were, like, hella busy."
Wall said she didn't see Bell's Jeep Cherokee in the lot when she left.