Hair Loss Stephanie Bragg interview
The detectives wanted to know more about the info Stephanie reportedly had

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 4:45 p.m.

Stephanie Bragg is a volunteer at Yoknapatawpha High School, a member of Faith and Glory Community Church, and the parent of an archery team member.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Stephanie Bragg

Detective Murphy: Hello, Mrs. Bragg. We appreciate your taking time to speak with us. Would you please state your name and address for the record?

Stephanie Bragg: I'd be happy to. My name is Stephanie Bragg, and I live at 310 Longest Road. If there's anything I can do to help, anything at all, please, just ask.

Detective Murphy: Thank you.

Stephanie Bragg: I can tell you that I've been worried sick about Mr. Miller. Should I call him Mr. Miller? I'm not sure of the protocol.

Detective Murphy: Whatever you're most comfortable with.

Stephanie Bragg: Okay, then, I'll call him Frederick. Anyway, he's been so agitated lately, and the other day I really thought his blood pressure was going to cause him to have a stroke.

Detective Armstrong: What happened the other day?

Stephanie Bragg: Okay. So… oh, gosh, now I can't think exactly when this was, but maybe a week or two ago, I saw Frederick walking up to Marc Huddleston. Do you know Marc?

Detective Armstrong: We're aware of who Marc Huddleston is, yes.

Stephanie Bragg: Sweet boy. And handsome. But anyway, Frederick approached Marc and said something like, “Take that droopy hat off your head when you're talking to me!”

Detective Murphy: Droopy hat? What's a droopy hat?

Stephanie Bragg: Oh, it's one of those slouchy knit hats that are so popular with the kids nowadays. Marc's always wearing one. Keeps his hair out of his eyes when he's competing so he can be more accurate. Or so he says.

Detective Murphy: Is that the extent of the confrontation?

Stephanie Bragg: Oh, no. It was only the beginning. Frederick was furious and accusing Marc of dating Lizzie, and the slouchy hat just added fuel to the fire. Frederick went on and on, getting louder and louder, about Marc disrespecting him.

Detective Armstrong: How did Marc react?

Stephanie Bragg: He was calm at first and tried to be gentlemanly, but Frederick … he just went too far, you know? Got all red in the face and aggressive and accusatory, and then Marc just lost it. Poor thing.

Detective Armstrong: How do you mean, lost it?

Stephanie Bragg: Well, I guess he just couldn't take it any longer, and he just started screaming back at Frederick, and then he shouted something like, “If you put your hands on me, it's not going to end well for you.”

Detective Murphy: How did Frederick respond?

Stephanie Bragg: He took a couple of steps back, but he still kept on talking, saying, "Did you just threaten me? Was that a threat?" Then Marc said, “Stay out of my life, you pathetic old man,” and he turned and walked away, leaving Frederick standing there looking foolish.

Detective Murphy: Why looking foolish?

Stephanie Bragg: Well, he'd just screamed at a youngster, you know? I mean, Frederick was tough and all. You know? Tough but fair with the kids. But this just went beyond the pale.

Detective Murphy: Where did this argument happen?

Stephanie Bragg: They were in the student parking lot at school.

Detective Murphy: Did anyone else see this happen, that you know of?

Stephanie Bragg: A couple of students, but they were across the lot, so I couldn't tell you who they were, just that I noticed other people. I was so embarrassed for Frederick. I felt sorry for him. I think maybe he was going through something. Under some kind of awful pressure or something.

Detective Armstrong: Any idea what that something might be?

Stephanie Bragg: Well … this is terrible to say, but under the circumstances, I feel like it needs to be said. I've heard rumors that Mrs. Miller was having an affair, and I didn't believe it at first.

Detective Murphy: Who'd you hear this from?

Stephanie Bragg: My friend, Donna. She's the secretary at the church.

Detective Armstrong: You say you didn't believe it at first. What changed your mind?

Stephanie Bragg: Well, then … I saw … jeez, this doesn't feel right.

Detective Armstrong: What did you see, Mrs. Bragg?

Stephanie Bragg: Well, I guess I saw her kind of skulking around?

Detective Murphy: What do you mean by that?

Stephanie Bragg: Suspicious, I guess. For instance, the kids sometimes study at High Point Coffee, right? So she'd show up with Lizzie, then dart away. Once I saw her sitting in her car, waiting for someone, I guess. When I waved at her, she gave me this weird look and drove away.

Detective Murphy: Did you ever see her with anyone?

Stephanie Bragg: No, she was just evasive, I guess. Of course, maybe she was avoiding the people trying to collect the gambling debts.

Detective Armstrong: What gambling debts?

Stephanie Bragg: This makes me feel so awful. Telling all this gossipy stuff after someone has been killed. It seems so petty.

Detective Armstrong: Sometimes the most insignificant detail can make a huge difference.

Stephanie Bragg: Well, I heard that Frederick had a gambling addiction and that he owed a fair amount of money. Now, that's just what I heard, and I have no way of knowing for sure.

Detective Murphy: Who'd you hear it from?

Stephanie Bragg: From Donna at the church. She sometimes takes messages for Frederick, and she said this guy calls every once in awhile and leaves a message for Frederick that he needs the money he's owed so he can pay his alimony or something.

Detective Murphy: Any idea who this guy who calls is?

Stephanie Bragg: No, sorry. It was gossipy, so I didn't want to pursue it. Donna just thought it was funny at first. That's all.

Detective Armstrong: Mrs. Bragg, do you know whether or not Marc and Lizzie were seeing each other romantically?

Stephanie Bragg: I think they were, yes. You'd have to ask one of the kids, though. They have no secrets these days with all that social media. I could ask Jimmy and get back to you if you want.

Detective Armstrong: That's not necessary. We'll just ask him the next time we talk to him.

Stephanie Bragg: I'm sorry, what? The next time? When did you ask Jimmy anything?

Detective Armstrong: I spoke with your son a little while ago.

Stephanie Bragg: You have got to be kidding me! You interrogated my son without his parents' knowledge?

Detective Armstrong: It was just a conversation, Mrs. Bragg—

Stephanie Bragg: I don't care what you call it, detective! It is completely unacceptable, and I will not have you dragging my son into a police station and questioning him under any circumstances!

Detective Armstrong: That's not what—

Stephanie Bragg: Do I make myself clear?

Detective Armstrong: Yes, ma'am.

Stephanie Bragg: I believe that you're through with me now, am I correct? You don't need me to try to provide any further rumor or conjecture? I can't believe I allowed you to draw me in and tell stories about that poor woman whose husband is dead!

Detective Murphy: Mrs. Bragg—

Stephanie Bragg: Am I excused, detective? I urgently need to speak with my husband and my son. And possibly an attorney.

Detective Murphy: Yes, Mrs. Bragg. You're excused.

Interview ends – 5:04 p.m.

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I don't blame her for being mad!

 
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Me neither. That would make me angry, too, but I looked it up and the police can do that. If they try to interview a kid and the parent is there, the parent can stop it from happening. That whole thing makes no sense to me.

 
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All evidence points to Marc being the killer. If you add up the three witnesses' accounts, it sounds like there was one teenage boy and a female. Could this be Marc and Lizzie?
I don't think it was them, but can't rule them out. I think someone...

All evidence points to Marc being the killer. If you add up the three witnesses' accounts, it sounds like there was one teenage boy and a female. Could this be Marc and Lizzie?
I don't think it was them, but can't rule them out. I think someone is out to frame Marc for the murder.
Despite Fred being a strict parent, I don't think Lizzie would be part of a planed murder, let alone be at the scene and watch her Father be shot to death with a bow and arrow. All Marc and Lizzie were interested in was being together and having normal teenage fun. With Lizzie's Mum's help they could do this.
Yea I'm thinking a set up. Keep an eye on the Braggs, they might be number one suspects so far.

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I'm trying to track down the quotes, but Marc said he had lost his pin/badge about a week before the murder. That goes to your point, daroo, that he was set up. (Or...I might have the whole thing wrong! lol)

 
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That seems right Igillette, Travis Lancaster interview said Marc lost his pin.

 
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Well, we have three possibilities, if the pin went missing a week before the murder:

1. Marc truly lost the pin whilst hanging out with others at the church (Jeremy Willis: Well, no, not at first. Kids hang out over there sometimes. Smoke...

Well, we have three possibilities, if the pin went missing a week before the murder:

1. Marc truly lost the pin whilst hanging out with others at the church (Jeremy Willis: Well, no, not at first. Kids hang out over there sometimes. Smoke cigarettes. Stuff like that. But when that guy collapsed, the shooter jumped up and hightailed it.)

2. Marc only claimed to have lost the pin, made a loud public announcement to let everyone know he had lost it and then planted it at the scene of the crime himself, in the hopes of people thinking he was set up

3. Marc's pin was stolen and planted at the scene of the crime to frame him, as this pin would easily identify him.

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If 3, perhaps his public declaring of the missing pin prior to the murder weakened it as evidence, so his hat and bow were left behind as well, so there was no mistake. Still, his 5 special arrows (sold in packs of six) under his bed really...

If 3, perhaps his public declaring of the missing pin prior to the murder weakened it as evidence, so his hat and bow were left behind as well, so there was no mistake. Still, his 5 special arrows (sold in packs of six) under his bed really bother me. To date, I think that is the strongest evidence he was involved UNLESS he hid them there after the murder and the investigation started for fear of being suspected as the murderer?

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(Daroo, lol, today I have OCD - obsessive comment disorder!Ha!)
Rereading this interview Stephanie seems to be very, very forthcoming with possible motives and suspects to move the investigation away from the Braggs (all couched with a sweet 'aw...

(Daroo, lol, today I have OCD - obsessive comment disorder!Ha!)
Rereading this interview Stephanie seems to be very, very forthcoming with possible motives and suspects to move the investigation away from the Braggs (all couched with a sweet 'aw shucks' manner!) I think this is all very carefully calculated. I also now think that most of her outrage at Jimmy being talked to was fear.

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I've controlled my comment disorder this week. (until now)
The , 'aw shucks, I really shouldn't say this, manner', followed by the, 'It's completely unacceptable detectives, defensive manner', sure put Stephanie under the spotlight. This...

I've controlled my comment disorder this week. (until now)
The , 'aw shucks, I really shouldn't say this, manner', followed by the, 'It's completely unacceptable detectives, defensive manner', sure put Stephanie under the spotlight. This interview was the red flag for the no 1. suspect. Now it's all panning out.

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