Friday, December 7, 2018 – 8:50 a.m.
Madison Spires was Blake Jenson's girlfriend.
Detectives Armstrong and Armstrong re-interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department.
- Detective T. Armstrong
- Detective S. Murphy
- Madison Spires
Detective Murphy: Thanks for coming in again. Could you please state your name and address for the record?
Madison Spires: My name is Madison Spires, and I live at 594 Hawthorn Road. Why do you keep calling me in like this?
Detective Armstrong: This is how we crack cases. We talk to people again and again, checking stories, looking for confirmations, looking for contradictions. As time goes on, people remember things, but they don't always call us.
Madison Spires: I don't remember anything that might help. So that's it. I can go?
Detective Murphy: We need some clarification about Kane Victory.
Madison Spires: What about him?
Detective Armstrong: From what we hear, he's had his eye on you. From what we hear, Kane and Blake almost came to blows over you.
Madison Spires: That was a misunderstanding.
Detective Armstrong: So there was a confrontation over you?
Madison Spires: I wouldn't call it a confrontation.
Detective Murphy: What would you call it then?
Madison Spires: Blake misunderstood the situation.
Detective Armstrong: Maybe Kane misunderstood. Maybe he read into the situation as much as Blake did.
Madison Spires: What do you mean?
Detective Armstrong: Kane told us he's attracted to you. He admits believing that your relationship with Blake was a mistake.
Madison Spires: Everybody makes mistakes.
Detective Armstrong: Are you saying you regret your relationship with Blake?
Madison Spires: What? No! Kane thought Blake was a fool to flirt with other women. Kane didn't want to see me hurt.
Detective Murphy: Why, did Blake flirt intentionally to hurt you?
Madison Spires: No, he thought flirting was just another game.
Detective Murphy: What about Kane? Did he think Blake flirted to punish you?
Madison Spires: Blake wasn't punishing me!
Detective Armstrong: Did Kane think Blake needed to be punished? Is that how it happened?
Madison Spires: I don't think I understand the question.
Detective Armstrong: Was Kane trying to protect you? Maybe he thought Blake was abusive. Maybe Kane thought Blake needed to be stopped before you got hurt for real.
Madison Spires: Whoa! Don't drag Kane into this. Kane had nothing to do with what happened.
Detective Murphy: Then why is he getting a lawyer?
Madison Spires: What? Why?
Detective Murphy: He must think he needs one.
Madison Spires: But he didn't do anything!
Detective Armstrong: How do you know? He was at Blake's that afternoon, and he left before the party started. He had opportunity, he had motive, and he thinks he might need an attorney, Madison.
Madison Spires: It wasn't him.
Detective Armstrong: Then who was it?
Madison Spires: Me! It was me!
Detective Murphy: You killed Blake Jenson?
Madison Spires: It was an accident, I swear. Just a prank that went horribly wrong. Blake was supposed to laugh. He always laughed.
Detective Murphy: A prank?
Madison Spires: Yes. A joke. Practical jokes were our thing. That's how we met. I painted his fingernails orange and convinced him they'd dry clear. We did that kind of stuff to each other all the time.
Detective Armstrong: What happened on Sunday?
Madison Spires: It was supposed to be a little shock. Just enough to make the hair on his arms stand up, and then he'd laugh. It was perfect, especially with the competition.
Detective Murphy: Why especially with the competition?
Madison Spires: To remind him what was really important in life. Our relationship. Not some stupid game.
Detective Murphy: Who helped you with it?
Madison Spires: Nobody. It was simple, once I had the idea. Perfect. I even wore my spa gloves from work just to make sure I wouldn't get any nicks from the wires.
Detective Murphy: Or to hide evidence?
Madison Spires: No. Blake knows me. A little scratch on my hand? He would have been all over that, trying to figure out what I was trying to put over on him. We challenged each other that way.
Detective Armstrong: Did you tell anybody what happened? Afterwards, I mean?
Madison Spires: Afterwards, I didn't even know what happened. Blake was just dead. I'm waiting for him to laugh, to toss the nearest pillow at me from across the room, but he's dead. I don't have a clue what's going on, what happened.
Detective Murphy: So, you were just playing a prank?
Madison Spires: Exactly. And then he's dead.
Detective Armstrong: Did you know that he had Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome?
Madison Spires: No, I never even heard of it. What is that?
Detective Armstrong: It's a condition affecting the electrical impulses of the heart.
Madison Spires: Oh, my God. No. I didn't know. I was just pulling a prank. Blake and I, that's our thing.
Detective Murphy: What did you do after he was dead?
Madison Spires: I didn't know what to do. I had bits of wire and stuff in my jeans, The spa gloves. I hid them in the backyard at the guesthouse.
Detective Armstrong: Would you show us where?
Madison Spires: Yes.
Detective Murphy: Is there anything else you want to tell us right now?
Madison Spires: I didn't…mean to…I miss him so much. I'm so sorry. I'm so scared…what happens now?
Detective Murphy: Now, we have to arrest you for Blake's death.
Madison Spires: Can I call my dad?
Detective Murphy: Yes, once we've read you your rights.
Interview ended – 3:24 p.m.