Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 12:47 p.m.
Michael Robbins is a local property developer and an acquaintance of Wendy Holloway.
Detective Murphy re-interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department.
- Detective S. Murphy
- Michael Robbins
Detective Murphy: For the record, please state your name and address.
Michael Robbins: Michael Robbins, I live at 8 The Clovers, Oxford.
Detective Murphy: Thanks for coming in this afternoon, Mr. Robbins.
Michael Robbins: You're welcome, but honestly, I don't know what else I can tell you.
Detective Murphy: I'll get straight to the point. We have statements from witnesses that you did, in fact, know Ms. Holloway despite your claim to the contrary.
Michael Robbins: What's your question?
Detective Murphy: Why did you lie about knowing Ms. Holloway when we talked to you on the day her body was discovered on your property?
Michael Robbins: Firstly, the body was not found on my property. It was several yards beyond my property line.
Detective Murphy: And, secondly?
Michael Robbins: All right, I knew her. Why didn't I just say so in the first place? Well, I guess you could say I was in shock. Or you could say I was worried about the bad publicity. Or you could say—
Detective Murphy: What do you say, Mr. Robbins? You could have saved this department a good deal of trouble and time if you'd just identified her the day we found her body.
Michael Robbins: I panicked. That's the truth. I just panicked.
Detective Murphy: About what?
Michael Robbins: Seeing her dead. I just flipped out about it.
Detective Murphy: Because of your involvement with her?
Michael Robbins: My involvement? You're kidding, right?
Detective Murphy: You knew her?
Michael Robbins: Yes, I knew her. She was a potential buyer for one of my units. I brought her to the site before we started construction. Her and that geeky brother of hers.
Detective Murphy: Her brother went with you and Ms. Holloway to the site?
Michael Robbins: Yes, what of it?
Detective Murphy: When was that?
Michael Robbins: I don't know, some months back… maybe October or November. I guess she thought he might want to buy a condo too.
Detective Murphy: Did they show any interest?
Michael Robbins: Wendy showed some, but not the brother.
Detective Murphy: Did he say why he wasn't interested?
Michael Robbins: Mumbled something about it being too rich for his blood. But you know that type. They think everything should be free or something like you have a lot of nerve asking them to pay for it.
Detective Murphy: How long was this meeting?
Michael Robbins: I don't know. Maybe an hour or so.
Detective Murphy: Didn't you spend considerable time with Ms. Holloway before and after that meeting?
Michael Robbins: I met her when she first came to town.
Detective Murphy: Under what circumstances?
Michael Robbins: I believe it was at The Downtown Grill.
Detective Murphy: Rumor has it, you had a thing for her.
Michael Robbins: Thing? What sort of thing?
Detective Murphy: You tell me.
Michael Robbins: I was attracted to her, sure. A pretty woman always catches my eye. But she wasn't interested. I admit, I thought at first she was playing hard to get, but then I saw she just wasn't interested.
Detective Murphy: Are you easily discouraged when women don't seem interested?
Michael Robbins: What's that supposed to mean? Easily discouraged? Look, she was attractive. I tried for a while. I struck out. I didn't try to force myself on her, if that's what you mean.
Detective Murphy: So you didn't follow her? Stalk her?
Michael Robbins: Oh, for God's sakes. Follow her? Look, Detective, I have a business that takes up most of my time. I don't have time to stalk anyone. Besides, there are plenty of women who find me attractive and aren't averse to sharing a steak dinner and some adult recreation with me. I wasn't desperate for her. Or any woman for that matter.
Detective Murphy: Where were you on the night of February 17th?
Michael Robbins: Rhett Boland had a big bash for me to celebrate the progress on Kelly Green. Pretty swell of him, don't you think?
Detective Murphy: Yeah. Swell. Mr. Boland told us you left his house between 11:30 and midnight. Where did you go after that?
Michael Robbins: I went home.
Detective Murphy: Directly home, without making any stops?
Michael Robbins: Well, no. I did make one stop.
Detective Murphy: Where was that?
Michael Robbins: I called my friend, Bambi, while I was driving home to see if she'd like to join me for a nightcap. She did, so I swung by and picked her up. Then we went to my place for that nightcap.
Detective Murphy: Bambi? Like the Disney movie?
Michael Robbins: Her real name is Norma Jean Johnson, but what can I say? She wants me to call her Bambi.
Detective Murphy: I see. And when did you and Bambi part company?
Michael Robbins: The next afternoon around noon or a little after. I was on my way back home when Earl called me.
Detective Murphy: So you're saying she can corroborate your alibi for that night after you left Mr. Boland's home?
Michael Robbins: Yes.
Detective Murphy: Why did Earl call you before the police, after Ms. Holloway's body was found?
Michael Robbins: It's company policy that anything unusual gets reported to me right away. Of course, one doesn't expect a dead body is going to be found on the site, so the policy doesn't have any special instructions like "call the police first." I guess he just panicked for a second himself. I told him to call y'all, and he did. Does that make either of us guilty of anything?
Detective Murphy: Poor judgment at a minimum.
Michael Robbins: Okay, so we have poor judgment. That's not a crime. And just so we're clear, I came out to the site to calm down my crew and obviously to keep the press away if possible. Which, as it turns out, wasn't possible.
Detective Murphy: Do you have any idea who might have killed Ms. Holloway?
Michael Robbins: No. I really was shocked. I can't think of anybody who would have that kind of hostility towards Wendy. She was a nice woman, as far as I could tell.
Detective Murphy: Did you ever see anyone bothering Ms. Holloway? Or did she ever complain about anything like that?
Michael Robbins: Not to me. I never saw anything that would have given me a clue.
Detective Murphy: All right, Mr. Robbins, thanks for your cooperation.
Michael Robbins: Sure.
Detective Murphy: If we have any further questions, my office will contact you. In the meantime, please notify the sheriff's department if you have to leave town.
Michael Robbins: I'm not going anywhere. Good afternoon, Detective.
End interview – 1:08 p.m.