Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – 2:20 p.m.
Danny Sullivan worked with Caroline Jordan and was at her party the night she was killed.
Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective T. Armstrong
- Detective S. Murphy
- Danny Sullivan
Detective Armstrong: Nice to see you again, Danny. Please state your name and address for the record.
Danny Sullivan: Yeah, nice to see you too. Only this time, you can't lock me up. Oh sorry, 44 CR 3151 right here in good old Oxford, Mississippi.
Detective Murphy: Do you live alone there? That's an apartment complex, correct?
Danny Sullivan: Yep, it sure is. I live there with my wife and my little boy. Now, what do you need from me? I am ready to get my drink on.
Detective Armstrong: Of course you are. Do I need to keep a cell warm for you tonight? I was half-expecting you to list the department as your home address.
Danny Sullivan: Oh now, I've only stayed in your lovely drink tank four times, tops.
Detective Murphy: Danny, we know you were at Caroline Jordan's party the night she was killed. Can you tell us who all was there? First and last names, please.
Danny Sullivan: Sure. Umm… me, Eli Rice, Matt Dixon, Morgan Pierce, Nancy Ford, Billy Colby, Gary Gibson, Jess Hamilton… and… Carly.
Detective Armstrong: Did you like Carly?
Danny Sullivan: I could take her or leave her. I had no strong feelings for her either way. I was only hired to help out during the busy season, and then I'll be gone like a shot of whiskey. I'm not there to make friends.
Detective Murphy: Did all of the employees get along with Caroline?
Danny Sullivan: I think so.
Detective Murphy: Tell us a little about your co-workers.
Danny Sullivan: Well, Matt is full of himself. He thinks he's a real ladies man. He isn't.
Detective Murphy: Go on.
Danny Sullivan: Nancy is funny. She always makes me laugh. Caroline was stuffy, and Morgan, well… he's an OK boss.
Detective Murphy: What about Eli?
Danny Sullivan: Eli is a fellow partier, and he likes to cause fights. "Scrappy" is what I call him. At the party, he told me Carly was “uppity” and needed to “come back down to earth with the rest of us.”
Detective Murphy: And Gary?
Danny Sullivan: The Jesus freak, always trying to save someone's soul. He's a nice fella, though. Seems like him and Carly were pretty close.
Detective Murphy: And the others?
Danny Sullivan: Jessica, I don't know anything about her. She's dull. And Billy's OK, kinda odd but a cool guy.
Detective Armstrong: Did everyone leave the party around the same time?
Danny Sullivan: Not that I remember. I think the Jesus freak was the first to go. I saw him leave but didn't notice him telling anyone "bye." After that, we all got into the booze and were all feeling no pain.
Detective Murphy: Did anyone there have reason to kill Caroline?
Danny Sullivan: Not that I know of.
Detective Armstrong: Did any of the employees typically hang out together after work?
Danny Sullivan: I've partied with Eli a few times, and I've seen Carly, Matt, and Nancy together at the Brass Monkey before. They were all at the same table, and I joined them for a few minutes one night.
Detective Murphy: Was your wife with you at the party?
Danny Sullivan: Are you kidding? Amber doesn't party, but she always knows where I am. She's OK with me going out without her as long as I come home when it's bedtime. Unless I stay the night with you all. Then she just expects that phone call. Hah!
Detective Murphy: She sounds like a very trusting woman.
Danny Sullivan: I'm faithful. She knows it. Listen, guys, I don't know anything else. All I'm 100% sure of is I didn't kill Carly.
Detective Armstrong: Do you remember what she was doing the last time you saw her? Who she was talking to?
Danny Sullivan: She was showing everyone that stupid knife as I was leaving. Everyone thought it was so funny. It was just a regular knife with some fake blood on it. I wasn't impressed.
Detective Armstrong: Did you touch the knife, Danny?
Danny Sullivan: I think I held it, but it was in a sealed package. Someone gave it to her for Christmas, and it was under her tree with a big green bow on it.
Detective Murphy: It wasn't opened?
Danny Sullivan: Nah. Hey, I love spending time with you two, but I really need to go and celebrate.
Detective Armstrong: Celebrate what?
Danny Sullivan: My day off. Can I go?
Detective Armstrong: Sure. We may need to talk you again, though.
Danny Sullivan: OK, but next time, try to make it on a work day, would you? Later.
Interview ends – 3:12 p.m.