Restaurateur Devlin Beauchamp was found bludgeoned to death in his bathtub.
Katherine Dixon bioKat was born and raised in Oxford and is a student at Ole Miss.
Katherine Dixon interviewSince Kat wasn't at Home Plate during the canvass, the detectives met her at her home.
W. Ronald Douglas interviewThe detectives met with Devlin's attorney to ask about his work for Devlin.
Beuachamp phone recordsDetectives Armstrong and Murphy reviewed recent calls on Devlin's phone.
Home Plate consent searchCarl Dixon permitted investigators to search the restaurant's premises.
Partial license plate traceYCSD investigators found possible matches to the partial license plate one of Devlin's neighbors provided.
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Rick Crawford interview
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 9:30 a.m.
Rick Crawford was Ambrose Garrett's personal assistant.
Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed him in his office at Garrett Insurance.
- Detective T. Armstrong
- Detective S. Murphy
- Rick Crawford
Detective Murphy: For the record, would you please state your name and address?
Rick Crawford: My name is Richard Crawford, but most people call me Rick, and I live at the Rebel Inn, 2133 South Lamar Boulevard.
Detective Murphy: Thanks for taking time to talk to us today. I imagine things have been hectic this week.
Rick Crawford: I think every single client has called at least three times.
Detective Murphy: How are you holding up?
Rick Crawford: I'm doing okay. It's still hard to believe.
Detective Armstrong: How long have you worked here?
Rick Crawford: I started part-time in 2015.
Detective Armstrong: What was it like, being Ambrose Garrett's personal assistant?
Rick Crawford: Mr. Garrett was a man who knew what he wanted and didn't mince words. In that way, working for him was easy because I always knew exactly what he wanted from me.
Detective Armstrong: In what way was it difficult?
Rick Crawford: He would attend the different conventions. You know, nurses or dentists or plumbers. Garrett Insurance would have a booth, and I'd have to staff it, talk people up. He'd always find a few pivotal people, and then we'd have to wine and dine them.
Detective Murphy: You'd go with Mr. Garrett?
Rick Crawford: He thought it would impress potential clients if his assistant was there at the table to take notes and retrieve whatever he wanted from his briefcase.
Detective Murphy: How did the two of you get along?
Rick Crawford: I worked for him long enough that I knew how to read Mr. Garrett and respond accordingly.
Detective Murphy: What first attracted you to the insurance business?
Rick Crawford: I don't know. I was looking for something new, something that could grow into a long-term career.
Detective Armstrong: Did Mr. Garrett use the conventions to, shall we say, step out on his wife?
Rick Crawford: Not at all.
Detective Armstrong: You never saw him acting a little too friendly with other women, other men?
Rick Crawford: I never saw anything like that. He loved Delilah. I don't think he ever even noticed other women in that way.
Detective Murphy: Was he having troubles with any particular clients?
Rick Crawford: Mr. Garrett was a charmer when he wanted to be. Someone could call swearing, and 30 seconds after I transferred them to Mr. Garrett, he'd have them laughing.
Detective Murphy: Has that happened a lot lately, angry clients calling?
Rick Crawford: No. I'm just generalizing. Over the years, policies got lost, checks were late, claims were denied. You know.
Detective Armstrong: Did Mr. Garrett complain to you about anyone in particular?
Rick Crawford: It may seem strange, but we weren't really close in that way. I could read his moods, but he didn't talk about things other than business as it related to me. I mean he talked, but he was a salesman. It wasn't personal.
Detective Murphy: Did Mr. Garrett drink much at these conventions?
Rick Crawford: He drank socially. He was trying to make people comfortable enough that they would talk insurance and perhaps even sign on the dotted line. It was all about closing.
Detective Murphy: Did you see him drink on other occasions?
Rick Crawford: I only saw him at work or work-related events. Like I said, sometimes he drank socially when he was with clients, but I never saw him drink in the office.
Detective Murphy: Did he take drugs, gamble?
Rick Crawford: Not that I know about. That doesn't sound like him at all. What are you trying to do? Are you trying to make this his fault? Blame the victim?
Detective Armstrong: It's a little hard to believe that Mr. Garrett was such an angel. You've painted a picture of a man who does no wrong.
Rick Crawford: He was complicated. There was the side he showed the world, and that's all he showed the world.
Detective Armstrong: You ever get a peek at the other side?
Rick Crawford: I could tell when he was acting because I worked for him so long, but what he was acting to cover up I really couldn't tell you. He didn't show that other side to me. I can't help you with that.
Detective Murphy: As long as you tell us the truth, you're being helpful. You are telling us the truth, aren't you?
Rick Crawford: Yes.
Detective Murphy: You're not just selling us a story to make us happy? To make Mr. Garrett look good?
Rick Crawford: Mr. Garrett was the salesman, not me.
Detective Murphy: Do you know anything about his life outside of work?
Rick Crawford: No, not really.
Detective Murphy: Do you know anything about his role in his neighborhood's homeowners association?
Rick Crawford: I know he was president of it.
Detective Murphy: How do you know that?
Rick Crawford: Sometimes he'd ask me to make copies of things: meeting agendas, meeting minutes, flyers, stuff like that.
Detective Armstrong: Did anyone ever call him at the office about HOA business?
Rick Crawford: Not very often. Anytime someone did, he wouldn't take the call and told me to tell the person to call him at home.
Detective Armstrong: How did they respond to that?
Rick Crawford: They weren't happy, but I didn't give them a choice. What Mr. Garrett said went, period. There was no way they were going to talk me into putting them through to him.
Detective Armstrong: You worked for him what, two years?
Rick Crawford: Almost three.
Detective Murphy: What leads you to believe he loved his wife?
Rick Crawford: The way he talked to her on the phone. Mr. Garrett was always having me order flowers for her. He never missed their anniversary or her birthday.
Detective Armstrong: When did you last see Mr. Garrett?
Rick Crawford: Friday afternoon. I was getting ready to go home for the day, and he asked me to make some copies for him first.
Detective Armstrong: Copies of what?
Rick Crawford: The agenda for the HOA meeting.
Detective Armstrong: You didn't see him at all over the weekend?
Rick Crawford: No. On weekends, I work my other job at the Rebel Inn, and I visit my aunt. She's in a nursing home and always appreciates a little company.
Detective Murphy: It's good of you to visit her so regularly.
Rick Crawford: She took me in after my parents died, so it's the least I can do, even though she doesn't always remember who I am.
Detective Murphy: That must be hard.
Rick Crawford: It is what it is.
Detective Armstrong: Let's flash forward to a possible future. It turns out your boss was murdered, and we make an arrest. Who did it?
Rick Crawford: I don't know.
Detective Armstrong: What image flashed through your head? What was your first thought?
Rick Crawford: A random stranger.
Detective Armstrong: In my experience, people are usually killed by someone within their circle.
Rick Crawford: I wasn't saying a stranger killed him. That's just what went through my mind.
Detective Armstrong: Okay, thanks. That's all we have for now, but we might have more questions later. Will that be a problem?
Rick Crawford: You know where to find me.
Detective Murphy: Yes, we do.
Interview ended – 9:48 a.m.