Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 11:40 a.m.
The witness is the widow of victim, Spenser Brooks. 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
- Virginia Brooks
Detective Murphy: Good morning, Virginia.
Virginia Brooks: Hi Sam. I know you and your department are working hard on the case, but are you getting anywhere?
Detective Armstrong: We need you to state your name and address again, please.
Virginia Brooks: Oh. Sorry. My name is Virginia Brooks and my home is on Chandler Avenue. Number 439, to be exact.
Detective Murphy: Thank you. We just have a few more questions for you Virginia. Do you recognize the name Christine Arnold?
Virginia Brooks: No, I don’t believe so. Why, am I supposed to? Is she important? Did she kill Spense?
Detective Armstrong: So, you've never heard of her? Are you sure about that?
Virginia Brooks: Fairly sure. I mean, if I met her in passing she must not have made much of an impression on me because I don't recall the name. Why are you asking me this?
Detective Murphy: Is it possible that Spense could have been seeing her? We wouldn’t ask you this question, but this person may be important to our case. She is a clerk at the court.
Virginia Brooks: Anything is possible, Sam. Spense did have his little dalliances. They never amounted to anything. He was just feeding his ego. But if he was sleeping with some silly little clerk who worked at court, he was probably trying to get some information on Louis Watson.
Detective Armstrong: Did he say something about Watson to you?
Virginia Brooks: No, not much. I told you he didn't talk much about work, but he did mention that Louis Watson was giving him a hard time over the liquor laws. Oh, do you think that that man killed Spense? Spense had a lot of enemies because of the work he does. Did.
Detective Armstrong: What kind of a hard time was Watson giving Spense?
Virginia Brooks: Not sure, but I bet Jill Ross fed the flames. She wanted Spense's job, so helping anyone that was against him was for her. Or so she thought.
Detective Armstrong: Do you own a gun, Virginia?
Virginia Brooks: Me? A gun? No way would I ever own a gun. I'm afraid of them. I know Spense had one. He had to have one to protect himself against the crazies, but not me. Why do you ask?
Detective Murphy: Did he keep the gun at the house?
Virginia Brooks: No. I wouldn't allow that. I have no idea where he kept it, but I know it wasn't in our home. I'm tired today. Are you about done ?
Detective Armstrong: Just about. Did Spense know that you knew about his sleeping around? Was it something you talked about?
Virginia Brooks: Oh no. I never told him that I knew. I thought about it, but then I decided it wasn't all that important. We loved each other very much and those other trashy women didn't mean anything to him except to stroke his ego. So I turned a blind eye.
Detective Armstrong: So, it didn't bother you?
Virginia Brooks: Of course it bothered me! It hurt! But I just didn't think it was worth the upheaval it would cause and I certainly didn't want Wesley to know about it, so I let it go. Spense always came home. I loved him then and I love him now. I will never stop loving him and I know he will always love me, too. If you don't mind, I'd like to leave now.
Detective Armstrong: Go home and get some rest.
Virginia Brooks: Thank you.
Interview ended: 12:15 p.m.