Murder is Academic
What's happened so far…
Investigation Day 1
First thing Monday morning, Professor Jake Hemphill went to the Yoknapatawpha County Conference Center to check that everything was ready for his big presentation at the Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference that day. What he found was his colleague Doug Reed bloody and motionless on the meeting room floor.
Throughout the day, investigators interviewed people at the YCCC looking for anyone who had seen or heard anything in the hours before Dr. Reed was found dead.
By midday, the local media was on the story.
That afternoon, Detective Murphy followed up on a reported discovery at a local garden center.
Investigation Day 2
The detectives asked a YCCC employee to come in to talk about what other witnesses said he witnessed.
Investigation Day 3
After lunch, the detectives gave Professor Hemphill another opportunity to characterize his relationship with Doug Reed.
This murder has captured so much attention in town that even the Face in the Mirror is keeping an eye on it.
Meanwhile, Yvonne Boyd got a chance to tell the detectives what she'd been hiding.
Investigation Day 4
The victim's TA was the next person called in because the detectives wanted Monte to clarify some details about his whereabouts the night Dr. Reed was killed.
Investigation Day 5
When the detectives brought Nora Percy in to clarify her position on her boyfriend's relationships with other women, they learned a few new details as well.
Later, they asked Carol Fitch her thoughts on some inconsistencies and new evidence that have emerged since their last conversation.
Then, Detectives Murphy and Parker asked Jill Osborne to help them clarify the details of everyone's comings and goings at the Rowan Oak event.
Before calling it a day, the detectives wrapped up the search warrant applications they'd been working on and went to see the judge.
Investigation Day 6
The detectives searched for evidence at Yvonne Boyd's residence first.
After lunch, they went to Nora Percy's house, and in the late afternoon, the detectives split up. Detective Parker took a team to Carol Fitch's home while Detective Murphy and her team went to Jill Osborne's place.
Investigation Day 7
By morning, the Crime Beat had gotten wind of what investigators were doing.
Meanwhile, the day's searches started out at Jake Hemphill's home.
Investigation Day 8
When the preliminary results of the forensic analysis of the search evidence came in, the detectives sat down with the prosecutor to make sure they had enough to make an arrest.
Investigation Day 9
Investigation Day 10
The morning after the arrests, the Oxford Weekly Planet's Crime Beat covered the community's reaction.