Kenny Ross interview
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 12:31 p.m.
Kenny Ross was paroled recently after serving time for distribution. In the past, he has assisted with investigations for the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement organizations in the area.
Detectives Armstrong and Murphy spoke with 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
- Kenny Ross
Detective Murphy: Would you please state your name and address for the record?
Kenny Ross: Kenny Ross. I live in an apartment, 805 College Hill Road.
Detective Armstrong: Nice area. Nicer than prison, anyway.
Kenny Ross: For sure.
Detective Armstrong: Enjoy being a free man again?
Kenny Ross: I still had to come here when you called.
Detective Armstrong: You're just being a good citizen, cooperative.
Detective Murphy: Still filling in at the various diners?
Kenny Ross: A shift here, a shift there, it all adds up. But I've got news for you, Detective Murphy. I recently started at the restaurant that used to be Alphonso's. Which right there tells you how long it's going to last, not even the people who work there know the name. I run the kitchen.
Detective Murphy: That's a step up. Congratulations. Weren't you going to open your own place?
Kenny Ross: Saving up. Banks aren't so quick to loan ex-cons money. This place folds, I'll find another. Restaurants can't survive without a good kitchen manager, and it's not like people are going to stop eating any time soon. And if that doesn't work out, I've done well as a floater.
Detective Murphy: The reason we asked you to come down, someone mentioned you recently.
Kenny Ross: Only good things, I hope.
Detective Murphy: That depends. Selling drugs would be a good way to raise enough money to start your own restaurant.
Kenny Ross: I left that life behind me.
Detective Murphy: You're not dealing?
Kenny Ross: No, ma'am.
Detective Murphy: That's funny. We heard differently.
Kenny Ross: You can't blame me for what you hear.
Detective Armstrong: What kind of vehicle you driving these days?
Kenny Ross: A old beater. Bungee cord keeps the passenger door closed. As I said, I'm saving up.
Detective Armstrong: What color is it?
Kenny Ross: Blue. Why? You in the market?
Detective Armstrong: You know anybody on Muirfield Drive?
Kenny Ross: I might know the person without knowing where they live. You, for instance.
Detective Armstrong: We have a witness who places your car there.
Kenny Ross: Maybe I lent my car out to another employee to go buy some okra.
Detective Armstrong: When was that?
Kenny Ross: I wasn't thinking of any time in particular, but if it was my car your witness thinks they saw, could have been someone else behind the wheel.
Detective Murphy: Is the name Karen West familiar?
Kenny Ross: So many people in the restaurant business, you don't get past first names. Karen? I've known a Karen or three.
Detective Armstrong: How about Kelly Moran?
Kenny Ross: Now that is a name that is familiar. Why would that be? Oh yeah, killed by a burglar. A real shame when you're not safe in your own home.
Detective Armstrong: You know her outside the news?
Kenny Ross: You know what they say about seven degrees of separation. I might know people who know people who know her, without knowing her myself.
Detective Armstrong: So that's your story.
Kenny Ross: I never talked with the woman. On my mother's grave.
Detective Murphy: One thing about the restaurant business, they're not too particular about who they hire, and that's not directed towards you. You probably work with some people who aren't strangers to the world of illegal activities. You hear anything about a burglary gone bad?
Kenny Ross: No.
Detective Armstrong: Any of your co-workers in a position to talk of such things?
Kenny Ross: People pass on what they hear. Just like I'm doing, cooperating here today.
Detective Murphy: But, Kenny, you're not passing on any information.
Kenny Ross: Can't repeat what I don't hear.
Detective Armstrong: You could do us a favor, keep your ears open.
Kenny Ross: I will.
Detective Armstrong: And you might turn in your license plate and get a new one before you're stopped.
Kenny Ross: Why would I be stopped?
Detective Armstrong: The lettering is starting to fade.
Kenny Ross: I will look into that.
Detective Murphy: Before you go, you have a phone these days? In case we want to get in touch again? Be faster than going through your parole officer.
Kenny Ross: My number changes a lot. I keep losing my phones.
Detective Murphy: Whatever you've got now will be fine. If it doesn't work later, we'll find you another way.
Kenny Ross: Yeah, OK. It's 410-XXXX.
Detective Murphy: Thanks. And thanks for coming in. Don't be a stranger.
End interview - 12:54 p.m.