Canvass – Veronica Smith's friends
YCSD investigators interviewed Dr. Smith's friends and acquaintances to learn more about her and her activities the evening she died.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
Name: Margaret Brittingham
Address: 602 Saddle Tree Circle, Oxford
Dr. Brittingham is an anesthesiologist who met Veronica in 2014. She considered Veronica to be her best and closest friend, and they often confided in each other.
Dr. Brittingham said Veronica mentioned how uneasy she felt around her brother-in-law, Michael O'Connor, because she could tell by the way he looked at her that he still had feelings for her and it made her uncomfortable.
Veronica also opened up to Dr. Brittingham about how jealous her sister was of her. Veronica thought Elizabeth would love to steal George from her if she got the chance, but Dr. Brittingham emphasized that Veronica was completely not worried about George doing such a thing. She was just hurt her that her sister would feel that way.
Veronica also mentioned several times that Dr. Burns has a quick temper, which sometimes made him hard to work with especially when they had opposing views about something. Veronica had complained that on those occasions when she and Dr. Burns disagreed, Dr. Mendoza often declined to cast the deciding vote, which prolonged the impasse.
When asked about the text messages Veronica received, Dr. Brittingham says that at first Veronica laughed them off as prank calls, but after her tires were slashed she began to worry a lot more. Dr. Brittingham said she gave Veronica a ride home that day, and the next day she took her back to Billee's Auto Service to pick the car up after the tires were replaced.
She said Veronica seemed uneasy on the night she died. They met around 7:00 p.m. at The Roadhouse on January 12th, and Veronica told her that she felt like someone was watching her when she left home. Veronica said it was just an eerie feeling and she had no basis for it. Veronica left the bar around 9:00 p.m. in good spirits.