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Virginia Brooks

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – 1:30 p.m.

Virginia Brooks is the wife of Yoknapatapwha County DA Spenser Brooks, who was found shot to death in Wall Doxey State Park.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy re-interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department.

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Virginia Brooks

Virginia Brooks: Have you called me in to tell me you've found the person who murdered my poor Spense?

Detective Murphy: Please state your name and address for the record.

Virginia Brooks: Oh, I forgot I had to repeat that. My name is Virginia Rose Brooks, and I reside at 439 Chandler Avenue.

Detective Murphy: Were you aware that your husband had been inside Cabin 7 at the park?

Virginia Brooks: What do you mean? No way. I would've known that. What makes you think he was inside?

Detective Murphy: His fingerprints were found inside, Virginia. He had to have been inside.

Virginia Brooks: I don't understand. How? Why would he be there and me not know it? That just makes no sense to me. I think you've made a mistake. I can't explain how that is possible.

Detective Murphy: No mistake.

Virginia Brooks: You're telling me that Spense had secrets that he didn't share with me? I told you he didn't talk much about what was going on, but I thought it was just with the job. Oh, that's it. He must've gone to that cabin for work for some reason. Maybe he met with a witness or an informant there.

Detective Murphy: Did he ever tell you that he met people at Wall Doxey for work?

Virginia Brooks: Oh, no. He would never talk to me about something like that. He only talked about his cases with other people at the office. To keep everything confidential, you understand

Detective Armstrong: Virginia, why didn't you tell us that Spense's brother, Byron, was supposed to be in town the day Spense was killed?

Virginia Brooks: Good grief, Ted, I couldn't tell you something I didn't know.

Detective Armstrong: But when we talked to you, didn't you know Byron came to Oxford that day?

Virginia Brooks: Yes, but I was in shock when I talked to you, and I must have forgotten about Byron showing up at the house saying he was looking for Spense.

Detective Armstrong: Did he say why?

Virginia Brooks: Yes, he told me that he had wanted to talk to Spense about their mother. He said they had to get things settled about her. They disagreed about her arrangements.

Detective Murphy: What do you mean? Arrangements?

Virginia Brooks: Something to do with how to handle her eventual death and all.

Detective Armstrong: Had they been fighting about it?

Virginia Brooks: I don't know. You'll have to talk to Byron.

Detective Armstrong: Can you think of anyone who might want to harm Spenser? Someone who was jealous of him or had a grudge? Anything?

Virginia Brooks: No. He did put a lot of criminals in jail, of course, but he never mentioned anyone feeling that strongly against him. Of course, like I said, he didn't tell me a lot. It would've been just like him to meet an informant at the cabin without ever telling me.

Detective Murphy: Do you know if Wesley has ever been to Cabin 7?

Virginia Brooks: No, no, no. Wesley would have told me. He isn't secretive like his father. We're very close.

Detective Armstrong: Have you ever been to Wall Doxey Park?

Virginia Brooks: Sure. We've been there quite often, actually. Picnics, family reunions, boating. Things like that. We never rented out one of the cabins, though. There were a lot of good places for gatherings without using a cabin.

Detective Armstrong: So you've been there with Spense?

Virginia Brooks: Of course. May I ask you a question?

Detective Armstrong: Sure.

Virginia Brooks: When can I have my car back? I'm still driving Spense's SUV, and it's hard … well, I'd just really rather be driving my own car.

Detective Armstrong: It shouldn't be too much longer. When we get it back to you, would you mind if we took the SUV in to have a look?

Virginia Brooks: Why?

Detective Armstrong: Just in case there's any evidence in there that might help us find Spense's killer. You know, since that's the vehicle he usually drove.

Virginia Brooks: Well, I don't see why not as long as I have my car to drive. There are so many things to take care of now with planning the funeral and … everything. I'm never going to get over Spense not being here.

Detective Murphy: We know it's hard, Virginia. Thank you for talking to us again.

Virginia Brooks: Oh, wait a minute. I just remembered something. Jill Ross. She wasn't happy with her job. She wanted Spense's, and now she's got it. There's someone you should investigate.

Detective Murphy: That's a good tip. Thanks. We'll definitely look into that.

Virginia Brooks: Good. Well, if there's nothing else, I really must go now. I have to meet with the minister in a little while.

Detective Armstrong: That'll do it, for now, Virginia. Thanks again. We'll be in touch about the car.

Interview ended – 1:59 p.m.

 

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Why are we questioning her a third time? There is no evidence to support it, or am I missing something. We need to talk to this Roy Cook, We need to talk to Christy again, though she could have been in that cabin a year ago it seems, I would not...

Why are we questioning her a third time? There is no evidence to support it, or am I missing something. We need to talk to this Roy Cook, We need to talk to Christy again, though she could have been in that cabin a year ago it seems, I would not stay at those cabins, they don't seem sanitary to me.

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  Lyn M Polentia
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She needed him around, He took care of her, she had no worries, he could have been abusive and she would not have killed him. The son would be more likely a suspect than her.

  Lyn M Polentia
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She really sounds well meaning albeit oblivious, but it could be a ruse.

  Kenda
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