Interview 2: Christy Arnold, received phone call from victim
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 12:40 p.m.
Christine Arnold was contacted by the victim shortly before he died. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha Sheriff's Department and recorded on a portable tape recorder with the witness’s knowledge and consent.
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Detective Samantha Murphy
- Christy Arnold
Detective Murphy: Thanks for coming in again, Christy.
Christine Arnold: Is there something wrong?
Detective Murphy: Hang on. Can you state your name and address again for the record?
Christine Arnold: Oh. Sorry. Christine Faye Arnold, 701 South 19th Street.
Detective Murphy: Thanks. We asked you here because we wanted to ask just a few more questions about your relationship with Spenser Brooks.
Christine Arnold: Okay. My lunch break is an hour, so whatever I can do to help.
Detective Murphy: Great. Last time we talked, you said you and he were friends around the office. Is that right?
Christine Arnold: Sure, friends.
Detective Murphy: You said sometimes you'd go to his office on your break and talk about cases. Did you ever do anything else?
Christine Arnold: Oh, no. What do you mean? We were just friends. We just talked, like I said. I guess you could say I admired him, and he liked my work. I wasn't careless like some of the other girls.
Detective Murphy: No, I'm sure you’re very careful.
Christine Arnold: What?
Detective Armstrong: Did you ever see him outside the office?
Christine Arnold: Outside -- you mean socially? No. Not really. I never met his family, if that's what you mean. We really only ever talked about work. A couple times I asked him for advice about my career. I'm getting a paralegal certificate.
Detective Armstrong: You never went out?
Christine Arnold: Oh, no. Nothing like that. He's married.
Detective Murphy: Christy, think back carefully. You and he never got together outside the office?
Christine Arnold: Wait. Why are you asking this? Did someone tell you -- I mean, what did you hear?
Detective Armstrong: Tell us what?
Christine Arnold: Nothing.
Detective Murphy: Come on, Christy. You're smart; you've got to know this act isn't helping anyone. Why don't you just tell us that you and Spenser Brooks were having an affair?
Christine Arnold: No. Oh, no. That's not true. Maybe that's what the girls said, but it's a lie.
Detective Armstrong: Then why would they say it?
Christine Arnold: They're just jealous because he liked my work. He would request me to handle his cases. They couldn't see I was better at the job than they were, so they made up an explanation. You know? They would tease me about it all the time, but it didn't mean anything. I mean, he's married.
Detective Murphy: Okay, so then how come your fingerprints are in Spenser's car?
Christine Arnold: His car?
Detective Murphy: You heard me.
Christine Arnold: I don't know. I mean, I guess we went to lunch a couple of times. During work. On our lunch break.
Detective Murphy: You guess?
Christine Arnold: No, we did. We went to lunch two or three times. Just takeout, like from a deli. We would eat back at the office. It wasn't anything romantic.
Detective Murphy: Did he ever take any of the other clerks out to lunch like that?
Christine Arnold: No.
Detective Murphy: What about his other colleagues?
Christine Arnold: No, I don't think so, but -- honestly, I wouldn't know. I didn't really know him that well.
Detective Armstrong: You keep saying that.
Detective Murphy: You never ate lunch anywhere else together?
Christine Arnold: No. What do you mean?
Detective Murphy: You never went on a picnic?
Christine Arnold: No. My lunch break's only half an hour -- and, I mean, that's not the kind of thing we did together.
Detective Armstrong: Okay, Christy. Last time we talked, you said you'd been to Wall Doxey State Park -- where Spenser's body was found.
Christine Arnold: Yeah, a few times.
Detective Murphy: When was the last time you were there?
Christine Arnold: Oh, I don't know. I can't remember. A while ago.
Detective Murphy: You weren't there that Sunday morning?
Christine Arnold: No. Wait, this is crazy.
Detective Murphy: Is it?
Detective Armstrong: Have you ever been in cabin eleven?
Christine Arnold: Cabin ... why do you ask?
Detective Murphy: Yes or no, Christy.
Christine Arnold: I might have been.
Detective Murphy: Can't you remember?
Christine Arnold: I stayed there a couple times with friends. You know, party by the lake, that kind of thing. It was a cabin, but I don't know which one. It was a couple years ago.
Detective Murphy: You haven't been there in the past year?
Christine Arnold: No.
Detective Murphy: Fingerprints wouldn't have lasted that long in that environment.
Detective Armstrong: Have you ever been out there to play poker?
Christine Arnold: Like, gambling poker? No.
Detective Armstrong: Tell the truth, Christy.
Christine Arnold: Why do you keep pressuring me?
Detective Armstrong: Because you're holding something back. Aren't you?
Christine Arnold: No. Wait. I want to stop. I mean, I think I want an attorney.
Detective Murphy: Come on, Christy. We're just talking here.
Christine Arnold: No. No, we're not. You think -- I can't even say it. It's so awful.
Detective Murphy: Well then, set us straight.
Christine Arnold: No. I know my rights. I don’t want to say anything else without an attorney.
Interview ended: 13:17 p.m.