Oxford Writers Circle canvass
On the evening of Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Detectives Armstrong and Murphy went to Square Books to talk to members of the Oxford Writers Circle who may have information about the homicide of Zoe Chase and/or circumstances leading to the homicide.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
Retired professor, 214 Van Buren, Oxford.
Mr. Bender said the meeting seemed to go on as usual, and that he especially enjoyed the reading by Ms. Chase and spoke to her for a few minutes after the meeting ended about the book.
When asked if he noticed any tension among any of the members, he recalled Ms. LeClaire saying she had a headache but hastened to add that Ms. LeClaire frequently has headaches and was known to leave meetings early sometimes.
When asked if he noticed anything unusual that night in anyone's behavior, he said he hadn't. He said he had been so enraptured by Ms. Chase's reading that he simply didn't pay attention to anyone else. He was keen to ask Ms. Chase's advice about how he should go about starting a story using a mystery idea he'd had for some time, and was disappointed that he never got a chance to discuss it with her.
When asked if Ms. Chase displayed any unusual behavior in general or toward any other members, he said he noticed nothing unusual and that Ms. Chase had been her normal "vibrant self."