Smiling man with short brown hair

Roy Cook

Thursday, January 28, 2021 – 10:03 a.m.

Roy Cook works as a park ranger at Wall Doxey State Park.

Detectives Armstrong and Beckwith interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective P. Beckwith
  • Roy Cook

Detective Beckwith: Good morning, Mr. Cook. Please state your name and address for the record.

Roy Cook: What's this about? I hope it won't take long because I'm missing work.

Detective Beckwith: We'll get you back to work as soon as possible, Mr. Cook, but first, we need your name and address for the record.

Roy Cook: My name is Roy Cook, and I live at 587 Pequest Road, Oxford. And, please, just call me Roy.

Detective Beckwith: Okay, Roy, we want to ask you a few questions about District Attorney Spenser Brooks.

Roy Cook: That's a shame about him being murdered. He was an okay guy.

Detective Beckwith: You knew him?

Roy Cook: We weren't friends, but he was always nice to me.

Detective Beckwith: How so?

Roy Cook: When he came to the park, he would stop sometimes and say hi, then drive on through.

Detective Armstrong: How often would you say you saw him visit the park?

Roy Cook: My guess would be once a month.

Detective Armstrong: We didn't find a record of that.

Roy Cook: The DA was what we call an unofficial open guest. He didn't sign in, so there's no official record of his visits.

Detective Armstrong: Do you have any other unofficial visitors to the park?

Roy Cook: Sure. We have a lot of powerful people that take advantage.

Detective Armstrong: Like who?

Roy Cook: Some of them, I don't know, but one I do remember is Alderman Collins because he's not friendly like Mr. Brooks, to put it mildly.

Detective Beckwith: Did you see Mr. Brooks enter the park last Saturday?

Roy Cook: No, I sure didn't. I don't like to admit it, but I was a little distracted that day, so I wasn't paying as much attention as I usually do.

Detective Beckwith: And why was that?

Roy Cook: I was reading up on Mexico. Left the next day, my first vacation in years. I just got back late last night, so I came in today later than my usual time.

Detective Armstrong: Nice! Pretty short trip, though.

Roy Cook: Yeah, it's like that sometimes.

Detective Armstrong: Did you happen to see Alderman Collins on Saturday?

Roy Cook: No, sir, but like I said before, I was focused on my own things.

Detective Armstrong: When you weren't getting ready for your vacation, did you recognize anyone else at the park that day?

Roy Cook: Yeah, I saw the DA's son, Wesley. He was just wandering around in the woods.

Detective Armstrong: How do you know the DA's son?

Roy Cook: I've seen Wesley at the park with his family before. They used to come out for picnics pretty regular-like. That was the first time I'd seen him in a long while.

Detective Beckwith: Did you speak with him?

Roy Cook: No, I just saw him wandering through the woods when I was coming to work.

Detective Beckwith: Was that unusual?

Roy Cook: No. People walk in the woods all the time.

Detective Beckwith: Does Wesley?

Roy Cook: I don't know. I've seen him before. I know that.

Detective Beckwith: What time did you get to work that day?

Roy Cook: Must've been about 10:00 a.m., give or take?

Detective Beckwith: And you're sure it was Wesley Brooks you saw? It couldn't have been someone who looked like him?

Roy Cook: I'm pretty sure it was Wesley, but I could be wrong, I guess. Are you saying it wasn't him?

Detective Beckwith: I didn't see him, so I don't know who it was. I just wanted to find out how confident you are that it was Wesley.

Roy Cook: Pretty confident.

Detective Armstrong: When Spenser Brooks came out to the park, did he ever have anyone with him besides his family?

Roy Cook: A couple of times, I saw him with a young woman.

Detective Armstrong: Can you describe her?

Roy Cook: I didn't pay too much attention. It's not my business, right?

Detective Armstrong: Still, can you tell us anything about her?

Roy Cook: I'd say she was in her twenties. I couldn't tell much about her because she was on the passenger side, you know. Mr. Brooks said they were going to have lunch in the park.

Detective Armstrong: You asked him what they were doing?

Roy Cook: No, it was just small talk.

Detective Beckwith: Do you ever go into the cabins in the park?

Roy Cook: Ever? Maybe, if someone asks me to, but not too often.

Detective Beckwith: Have you ever been in Cabin 7?

Roy Cook: It's possible, but I don't recall that specifically.

Detective Beckwith: Have you ever heard anything about illegal gambling in the cabins?

Roy Cook: No,, sir, I never heard anything like that. I don't have anything to do with the cabin rentals.

Detective Armstrong: Roy, I wanted to ask you, are you Terrance Cook's son?

Roy Cook: Yeah, he's my father. Why do you ask?

Detective Armstrong: You resemble him. I've known Terrance for a while. He's a good man.

Roy Cook: Yeah, well, Dad and I don't always see eye to eye on everything.

Detective Armstrong: Who does? Just the same, he's a good guy.

Roy Cook: Yes, sir.

Detective Armstrong: Thanks for your time today, Roy. We'll give you a call if we need anything else. Tell your dad that Ted said hello.

Roy Cook: No problem.

Interview ended – 10:26 a.m.

 

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So he can not identify the girl that the DA had lunch with there. I wonder if it doesn't have to do with Alderman. If the blonde is someone that is an informant. But, if Wesley saw his dad with someone else, bet he would think it was an affair....

So he can not identify the girl that the DA had lunch with there. I wonder if it doesn't have to do with Alderman. If the blonde is someone that is an informant. But, if Wesley saw his dad with someone else, bet he would think it was an affair. Wonder how much he would protect his mom?

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