Murder is Academic

An English professor was found dead at a literary conference
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Yvonne Boyd interview

The detectives interviewed Yvonne Boyd about her involvement in discovering Douglas Reed's body.

Yvonne Boyd bio

Yvonne Boyd is the Events Manager at the YCCC.

Jake Hemphill interview

The detectives spoke with Jake Hemphill about his discovery of Douglas Reed's body.

Jake Hemphill bio

Jake and Doug were colleagues and professional rivals.

Douglas Reed bio

English professor Doug Reed was a rising star, popular with many Ole Miss students and colleagues.

Incident report

Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting a body at the Yoknapatawpha County Conference Center.

About the current investigationProfessor Jake Hemphill discovered the bloody body of his colleague Douglas Reed in a meeting room at the local conference center.

Was this a scholarly debate gone wrong, or did someone have a more personal reason to want Professor Reed dead?

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The Murder Is Academic investigation began on Thursday, June 23, 2022, and will run for about five weeks.



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