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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 9:00 p.m.

Benito Flores, who is a former Fontaine family employee and Raquel Santos' boyfriend, was interviewed at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department by Detectives Armstrong and Murphy. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.


  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Benito Flores

Detective Murphy: OK, Mr. Flores, once again, can you state your name and address for the record?

Benito Flores: Benito Flores. 594 Hathorn Road.

Detective Murphy: You understand, Benito, that you have been placed under arrest for the murder of Philip Fontaine?

Benito Flores: Yeah.

Detective Murphy: You've been advised of your rights?

Benito Flores: Yeah.

Detective Murphy: And you have waived your right to counsel for  this questioning?

Benito Flores: I don't need no lawyer. I didn't do nothing.

Detective Murphy: You do know why you're here, don't you?

Benito Flores: Yeah. Somebody's framing me for killing Fontaine.

Detective Murphy: Benito, our investigation is complete, down to the fingerprints, the DNA, and the money you stole. It all points straight to you.

Detective Armstrong: What do you have to say about all that evidence, Benito?

Benito Flores: I just told you. Someone's framing me.

Detective Armstrong: Just stop for a minute, Flores.

Detective Murphy: We know what you did, Benito. There's no way you can argue with that amount of evidence.

Benito Flores: It wasn't me.

Detective Armstrong: You can't hide the fact that you took 15 grand from Philip Fontaine's house, and then showed up later in The Roadhouse flashing a wad of cash, can you?

Benito Flores: Never happened.

Detective Murphy: Can't hide the fact that you were also dealing dope, now can you?

Benito Flores: I told you. I don't deal no dope.

Detective Armstrong: Hey, forget about the drugs, Murphy. It's not about drugs, is it, Benito?

Benito Flores: I don't know what you mean.

Detective Armstrong: It's not about us, either. We don't care about the drugs.

Benito Flores: What?

Detective Armstrong: It's not even about Fontaine, is it?

Benito Flores: What do you mean?

Detective Armstrong: It's about Raquel, isn't it? About standing up for your woman?

Benito Flores: Don't talk about Raquel.

Detective Armstrong: That's what happened, isn't it? Fontaine said something he shouldn't have? Or did something he shouldn't have? Or did something to her?

Benito Flores: I don't know what you're talking about

Detective Murphy: Oh, give it up, Armstrong. He hasn't got any more respect for Raquel than Fontaine did. He wouldn't care if Fontaine did something to her.

Benito Flores: ¡Cállate, cabron! You don't know what you're talking about.

Detective Armstrong: Hey, hey, hey. Of course he respects her. He loves her. He protected her. Didn't you?

Benito Flores: No, man.

Detective Murphy: No, you didn't respect her? Or no, you didn't love her?

Benito Flores: That's not what I said.

Detective Armstrong: Hey, you had to show that rich gringo Fontaine he couldn't just treat people like that, didn't you?

Benito Flores: No.

Detective Armstrong: You had to show him and his old lady that they couldn't treat your woman like that, didn't you?

Benito Flores: Didn't happen.

Detective Murphy: Happens a lot, you know, Armstrong. Rich folks hire immigrants who are‒ have no power, no money, just want to work, need a job. And then those spoiled rich people take advantage of them.

Benito Flores: They think they can do or say whatever they want.

Detective Armstrong: And when Fontaine pushed your woman around, treated her like dirt, and then just threw her away, you couldn't take that, could you?

Benito Flores: I don't know.

Detective Armstrong: You stepped up, didn't you? You went over there to tell him and his old lady that they couldn't treat Raquel like that.

Benito Flores: No.

Detective Murphy: But you got a little liquored up beforehand, didn't you?

Benito Flores: Hey, I wasn't the only one drinking that night. Don't mean nothing.

Detective Armstrong: A man can take a drink. Nothing wrong with that. And then you went over to Fontaine's house, just to talk to him man-to-man and teach him a lesson. There's nothing wrong with that.

Benito Flores: You think a guy like that would ever take a lesson from a man like me?

Detective Armstrong: Not easily. But Fontaine was no pushover, was he?

Benito Flores: If you say so.

Detective Armstrong: He came after you, didn't he? With that cane he always carried or that knife he had around? And you did what you had to to protect yourself. You found that knife. That was good thinking.

Benito Flores: Sounds like whoever killed him turned out to be smarter than he thought.

Detective Murphy: And you were smart when you stabbed him, weren't you?

Benito Flores: Wasn't me.

Detective Murphy: But you know what, Benito? You messed up. You cut yourself while you were stabbing him.

Detective Armstrong: It happens with knife murders. We see it all the time.

Benito Flores: Did not. Didn't happen.

Detective Murphy: Then how did your blood get to the scene?

Benito Flores: Somebody put it there.

Detective Murphy: Who would do that?

Benito Flores: I don't know.

Detective Murphy: Where would they get your blood?

Benito Flores: Man, people can get anything they want, if they got enough money.

Detective Armstrong: Come on, Benito. Nobody believes that story, not even you. You had to kill Fontaine. For Raquel. To teach him some respect.

Benito Flores: Wasn't me.

Detective Murphy: Yes, it was, and we all know it was.

Detective Armstrong: And then you trashed the house to make it look like a burglary. That was smart thinking. But here's what I can't figure out. The 15 grand. How did you know about it? Did you know it before you went over there or was it just dumb luck?

Benito Flores: I don't know what you're talking about.

Detective Armstrong: Look, Benito. Man to man, if Fontaine did something to Raquel and you were just protecting her, I can understand that, if that's what happened. But maybe you only get manslaughter or maybe you get off completely. But if you don't tell me, there's nothing I can do for you. Things could end up going really bad.

Benito Flores: You think I'm an idiot? Hm? You don't care what happens to me. You just want me to admit something, and I got nothing to admit.

Detective Murphy: That's just not going to fly, Benito. There's too much evidence against you. Jeez, if you can't convince us you didn't do it, how are you going to convince a jury? But maybe you had a good reason. If you did, tell us about it. Put your side on the record. The longer you wait, the worse it's going to be for you.

Benito Flores: No, wasn't me. Somebody's framing me.

Detective Murphy: You're really going to stick with that story?

Benito Flores: It's not a story. It's the truth.

Detective Murphy: That's it then. We can't help you.

Detective Armstrong: Too bad, Benito. I think you've got a really good story here, but if you won't tell it, all we can do is send you to a cell for the rest of your life. But I have to you tell you something.

Benito Flores: What?

Detective Armstrong: Philip Fontaine was an important man, and there are some powerful people in this town who want to see what happened to him punished. I'd hate to see you looking at a needle if all you were doing was protecting Raquel.

Benito Flores: I need a lawyer.

Detective Murphy: OK. We're done here.

Detective Armstrong: If you change your mind and want to talk to us later, you know where to find us.

Interview ends: 9:12 p.m.


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