Interview 1: Virginia Brooks, wife of victim Spenser Brooks
Wednesday February 2, 2011-9:30 a.m.
The witness, Virginia Brooks is the spouse of the DA Spenser Brooks whose body was found in Wall Doxey State Park. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha Sheriff's Department, and was recorded on a portable audio tape recorder with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Detective Samantha Murphy
- Virginia Rose Brooks
Detective Murphy: Good morning, Mrs. Brooks.
Virginia Brooks: Good morning, Sammy. Let’s not be so formal; you can just call me Virginia, as usual. I suppose you are going to ask me questions about Spense so I’ll just go ahead and say that Spenser Brooks was my husband.
Detective Murphy: That’s right, but first, for the record, please state your name and address.
Virginia Brooks: Okay. I’m Virginia Brooks and I live at 439 Chandler Avenue.
Detective Murphy: So, can you tell us why D.A. Brooks was in the park the morning of January 30, 2011?
Virginia Brooks: No. I wish I could but Spense didn’t talk much about his work, but I bet it had something to do with that.
Detective Armstrong: Did you see him that morning before he left the house?
Virginia Brooks: No, I am sorry to say I didn’t. I wish I had seen him; maybe he would have told me what he was doing that morning and I would be of some help in solving his death.
Detective Armstrong: Why didn’t you see him? Did he leave early?
Virginia Brooks: Not really. But while he was getting dressed, I was in the shower and when I came out, he was gone.
Detective Armstrong: What time was that?
Virginia Brooks: I’m not sure. When I got to the kitchen for my coffee it was a little after nine and he was gone.
Detective Armstrong: What did you do that day?
Virginia Brooks: I had to get out early to mail a bill that I somehow had missed when I mailed the rest. I dropped that off at the post office and then I did a little window shopping. After that I went home to tidy up the house. When I was informed that… that…Spense was…gone, I felt like someone hit me hard in the stomach and I fell to the floor. I’m sorry but I’m having a hard time dealing with this. Spense was my world, and even though he was secretive about his work, we shared so many things and were very close. What am I going to do without him?
Detective Murphy: That’s all right, Virginia, you can take a few minutes to compose yourself.
Detective Armstrong: When you feel able to respond tell us anything that might have been important that was going on in his life. I mean since you say he didn’t talk about his work to you, was there anything else he was involved in? Were you having problems in your marriage?
Virginia Brooks: (After several minutes) No, it’s just that his silence about his work made it hard to communicate sometimes. He took his job very seriously. I can’t think of anything right now that I wouldn’t know about but I do know that he loved me and Wesley very much. So, I don’t think there was much going on except the work as D.A. and us.
Detective Armstrong: So did he spend much time with your son?
Virginia Brooks: Oh yes. They have always had a close and loving relationship. Wesley was proud of his father and vice versa. I can’t say the same thing about Spense’s brother Byron, though.
Detective Armstrong: What do you mean?
Virginia Brooks: Spense just didn’t want to see or talk to Byron much at all. Their relationship had been strained for years. I don’t know the whole story but it had something to do with a difference in opinion about their mother.
Detective Armstrong: What is the mother’s address? We need to talk to her, too.
Virginia Brooks: Oh, you can’t talk to her. Byron told me she was in really poor health.
Detective Armstrong: Does she live here in Oxford? What is wrong with her health?
Virginia Brooks: No. She lives with Byron in Grand Junction, Tennessee, and you’ll have to ask him about Mrs. Brooks. I haven’t seen her in years and never did know her very well.
Detective Armstrong: So D.A. Brooks never mentioned Wall Doxey Park or give a hint of any kind why he would be going there? Had he gone there before?
Virginia Brooks: No, like I said, he didn’t say anything about going to the park. Do you think someone forced him to go there that morning?
Detective Armstrong: We don’t know yet what happened or why he was there.
Virginia Brooks: I know with his work he had to deal with a lot of shady people. Maybe one of those horrible people that Spense put in jail came back to get him. I mean, like payback or something? Oh, poor Spense!
Detective Murphy: We understand your sorrow, Virginia, but we need to learn all we can about that day or anything leading up to it that could help us find his murderer. We’ll give you a few more minutes, though. We all loved Spense.
Virginia Brooks: No, it’s okay, I can talk. It’s just that it’s so hard. I keep expecting him to come home and I just fall apart when I realize that he is…..never coming home again.
Detective Armstrong: We know. The whole department is shook up.
Virginia Brooks: I don’t think..I can go on. I would like to go. Can’t we do this another time?
Detective Murphy: Of course. Good bye.
Det. Armstrong: We’ll call you in a few days. Good bye.
Virginia Brooks: Thank you. Bye.
Interview ends: 10:27 a.m.