Lindsey Snyder follow-up interview
Monday, January 21, 2013 - 12:01 p.m.
Lindsey Snyder and her husband Max organized the Elvis conference and hired Jared Plunk to present the "Elvis letters" in his keynote address. Detectives Murphy and Parker re-interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective S. Murphy
- Detective E. Parker
- Lindsey Snyder
Detective Parker: Thank you for coming in. Please state your name and address for the record.
Lindsey Snyder: Lindsey Snyder. 2216 Church Street. I don't understand what I'm doing here. We already spent practically the whole day together on Friday.
Detective Murphy: This is different. We need to ask you a few questions on the record.
Lindsey Snyder: On the record? Well, I don't know what else I can tell you, but fine.
Detective Parker: Tell us about the party your husband had before the conference.
Lindsey Snyder: It was wonderful. So many of the attendees came early just to go to it, so they could meet everyone and share stories about Elvis. Most of the people were staying right there at the hotel, which made it so convenient for them. Everyone had a great time.
Detective Parker: This was the cocktail party on Friday night?
Lindsey Snyder: Yes. It went so perfectly, we just knew the conference was going to be a big success. That was before Jared… you know.
Detective Murphy: That's not the party we mean.
Lindsey Snyder: Oh.
Detective Murphy: Tell us about the other party, the one on Thursday.
Lindsey Snyder: It was just a small get-together for the speakers and people who'd helped plan and arrange the conference.
Detective Parker: Did everyone have a great time at that party too?
Lindsey Snyder: It started off so well. The restaurant is just wonderful. The food was delicious. But…
Detective Parker: But?
Lindsey Snyder: It's embarrassing. I think– well, it turned out we may have been a little too free with the alcohol.
Detective Parker: Go on.
Lindsey Snyder: Some people had a little too much, said things they didn't mean. There were some disagreements.
Detective Murphy: What you mean is there were some loud arguments, right? People were shouting at each other.
Lindsey Snyder: You could put it that way, I guess.
Detective Murphy: More specifically, people were shouting at Jared Plunk.
Lindsey Snyder: Yes.
Detective Murphy: People including your husband.
Lindsey Snyder: Yes, Max was upset, but he wasn't the only one, and he had good reason to be.
Detective Parker: What reason?
Lindsey Snyder: Those stupid letters. I wish we'd never heard of them. Then none of this would've happened.
Detective Parker: None of what?
Lindsey Snyder: All of this ridiculous speculation and questions and what do the letters say and did Elvis really write them and do they even really exist. It never stops. Yes, they were a big draw for the conference, but if we'd known how much trouble they were going to cause, we never– well, we never would've booked Jared for the conference. He might even still be alive.
Detective Murphy: You think he was killed because of the letters?
Lindsey Snyder: Don't you?
Detective Parker: You think one of the people from your disastrous dinner party killed him?
Lindsey Snyder: I don't know who killed him, but those letters have been trouble since the first time we heard about them. If Jared wasn't such a– if he'd just shown them to us or to anyone, there wouldn't have been so many questions. But he loved lording it over everyone too much. He might as well have been skipping around singing, "I know something you don't know," like a five-year-old.
Detective Murphy: So he brought it on himself? It's his own fault that he was brutally stabbed to death?
Lindsey Snyder: Well, yes, probably.
Detective Parker: You said your husband was upset with Jared because of the letters?
Lindsey Snyder: Yes. He promised to show Max the letters before the conference so we could have them authenticated, and then he refused to do it, just because he enjoyed pushing Max's buttons.
Detective Parker: Was that the only reason Max was upset with him?
Lindsey Snyder: Why else?
Detective Murphy: You wouldn't be the first woman who Jared charmed.
Lindsey Snyder: Ugh. You must be joking. I know Jared managed to… date more than his share of women, but it's beyond me how. I just don't see it myself.
Detective Murphy: So you never had an intimate relationship with him? Because your husband would probably find that at least as upsetting as the letters.
Lindsey Snyder: Max would be a lot more upset if– oh, I see. Very clever, but I already told you. Max didn't kill Jared.
Detective Parker: You two were together every minute that Saturday morning? From the time the cocktail party ended until Jared was found dead?
Lindsey Snyder: Of course we weren't together every minute. We had a conference to run. But I don't have to watch my husband's every move to know he wouldn't kill anyone.
Detective Murphy: Did you?
Lindsey Snyder: Me? No. Why would I do that? Jared's death has caused nothing but problems for me. Who knew he would be an even bigger pain as a dead man than he ever was when he was alive?
Detective Murphy: If not you or Max, then who?
Lindsey Snyder: You said it yourself. Maybe an angry husband. Taylor Boyd? You know all the things Jared did to him? Cut Taylor out of his share in the letters? Slept with Taylor's wife? He had a lot more reason to want Jared dead than Max did. Or what about Peter Davis? He may act cool and collected, but he was seething about Jared and his sister and those letters.
Detective Parker: Do you have any proof that either one of them did it or are you just guessing?
Lindsey Snyder: It's your job to find proof, not mine.
Detective Murphy: You don't think a woman could've killed him?
Lindsey Snyder: What?
Detective Murphy: By your reasoning, Yvonne Boyd had just as much reason as her husband did to want Jared dead. And Alison Plunk certainly had reason. You don't think either one of them might've done it?
Lindsey Snyder: Like I said, it's your job to figure out these things, not mine. I have my own job to do, and I need to get back to it. Now.
Detective Parker: We still have some more questions that–
Lindsey Snyder: I'm sorry. I have work I need to get done too. I'm still trying to catch up on all the things I didn't get to do on Friday. Maybe we can talk again another time, if you really think it's necessary.
Detective Murphy: Thanks for your time, Mrs. Snyder. It's been enlightening.
Interview ends - 12:32 p.m.