On the evenings of Friday, July 18, and Sunday, July 20, 2014, Detectives Armstrong and Murphy and other investigators interviewed employees at Duffy's Bar & Grill, 2201 Jackson Avenue West. The officers spoke with 23 employees, of whom 13 were working the night of Thursday, July 3, and/or the night of Sunday, July 13.
The 13 employees were questioned about:
- any unusual circumstances the night of July 3, and whether they had seen Andrew Fine and his wife, Cynthia, in the bar.
- whether they had seen John Reagle and the hand he brought to the bar the night of July 13.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
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Beaudette, 31, was working July 3 as a server and behind the main bar.
Beaudette said he is finishing up at business school and helps out at Duffy's mainly on weekends and for special events. He said Andrew Fine was a regular and described him as "a number one asshole type."
Beaudette said Fine always drank a lot and seemed to get in a lot of fights. He said Patrick Mulvaney had to "escort him out on more than one occasion."
Beaudette guessed Fine came to the bar at least three times a week and had "caused trouble" at least five times in the past two years.
Beaudette said he was working the back bar for much of the night of July 3 because it was so busy, but at one point he was serving food and drinks to customers in the booths along the window. He said Andrew Fine seemed to be "on his high horse, flashing a lot of money and hassling people."
He said Carl and Andrew Fine were at the pool table, "acting loud," and Eddie Dooley was sitting with a woman at one of the tables nearby. Beaudette said he had never seen the woman before, but described Eddie Dooley as "a piece of work" who once brought in some shoplifted merchandise and tried to sell it to him.
Beaudette said Andrew and Carl began fighting around 12:30 a.m., and Mulvaney had to stop them. Carl ended up leaving at that point. Beaudette didn't notice any violence before then, and described the crowd as "loud but not rowdy."
Beaudette said Mulvaney was trying to calm Andrew down until after closing, Andrew was asking everyone if they'd seen his watch. Beaudette said Mulvaney was too nice to Andrew and if it were up to him, he'd kick "[Andrew's] sorry ass the hell out of here."
Beaudette said he went home at 1:00 a.m., and didn't notice anything unusual in the parking lot. He said he saw Andrew Fine heading out the door of the bar as he drove off. He said he hadn't seen Andrew or Carl Fine in the bar since then, but Eddie Dooley was "definitely still around."