Interview 1: Roy Cook, Park Ranger at Wall Doxey Park
Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 11:03 a.m.
Roy Cook is a 35-year-old, black male and a Park Ranger at Wall Doxey Park. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha Sheriff's Department and was recorded on a portable audio tape recorder with witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Detective Samantha Murphy
- Roy Cook
Detective Murphy: Good morning, Mr. Cook. Please state your name and address for the record.
Roy Cook: Ok. My name is Roy Cook and I live at 587 Peques Road, Oxford. What's this about? I hope it won't take long I'm missing work. Just call me Roy.
Detective Murphy: We'll get you back to work as soon as possible. But first we need to ask you a few questions about District Attorney Spenser Brooks.
Roy Cook: That's a shame about the DA being murdered. He was an ok guy.
Detective Murphy: I assume you get to see everyone that enters or exits the park during your shift. Did you see DA Brooks enter the park on the day the he was shot and killed?
Roy Cook: No, I sure didn't see him. I don't like to admit it but I was a little distracted that day, so I wasn't paying as much attention as I usually do.
Detective Murphy: And why was that?
Roy Cook: I was reading up on Mexico. Left the next day, my first vacation in years. I just got back late last night so I came in today later than my usual time.
Detective Murphy: How well did you know DA Brooks?
Roy Cook: We weren't friends but he was always nice to me. He would stop sometimes and say hi then drive on through. The DA was what we call an unofficial open guest. He didn't sign in, there's no official record of his visits.
Detective Armstrong: How often would you say you saw him visit the park?
Roy Cook: My guess would be once a month.
Detective Armstrong: Do you have any other unofficial visitors to the park?
Roy Cook: Sure. We had a lot of powerful people that took advantage. Some of them I didn't know but there was Alderman Collins. He wasn't friendly like DA Brooks.
Detective Armstrong: Did you happen to see Collins on the day of the murder?
Roy Cook: No sir, but like I said before, I was focused on my own things.
Detective Armstrong: Did you know anything about illegal gambling in the cabins?
Roy Cook: No sir, I never heard anything like that. I don't have anything to do with those cabins and who rents them.
Detective Armstrong: When you weren't getting ready for your vacation, did you recognize anyone else at the park that day?
Cook: Yeah, I saw the DA's son, Wesley. He was just wandering around in the woods.
Detective Murphy: How do you know the DA's son?
Roy Cook: I've seen Wesley at the park with his family before. They used to come out for picnics pretty regular like. First time I've seen him in a long while.
Detective Murphy: Did you speak with him?
Roy Cook: No, I didn't speak with him. I just saw him when wandering through the woods when I was coming to work.
Detective Armstrong: When the DA came out to the park; did he ever have anyone with him besides his family?
Roy Cook: A couple of times I saw him with a young woman.
Detective Armstrong: Can you describe her?
Roy Cook: I tried not to stare at her. I'd say she was in her twenties. I couldn't tell much about her. The DA said they were going to have lunch in the park.
Detective Armstrong: Roy, I wanted to ask you, are you Terrance Cook's son?
Roy Cook: Yeah, he's my father, why do you ask?
Detective Armstrong: You resemble him. I've known Terrance for a while. He's a good man.
Roy Cook: Yeah, well, dad and I don't always see eye to eye on everything.
Detective Armstrong: Just the same, he's a good guy. You're free to go now, Roy. Tell your dad that Ted said hello.
Rob Cook: No problem.
Interview ended: 11:41 a.m.