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Monica Drum bio

Born and raised in Ohio, Monica moved to Mississippi to work for the Oxford Eagle.

Incident report

Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting gunshots at the Oxford Eagle newspaper offices.

Craig Pegues bio

Craig has been the publisher of the Oxford Eagle since his father retired.

Craig Pegues interview

The detectives spoke to Monica's boss about professional or personal enemies she might have had.

Nicole Grayson bio

Nicole is a local artist who has been friends with Monica Drum for several years.

Nicole Grayson interview

The detectives asked Nicole to come in and talk about her connection to Monica Drum.

Shawn Sharp bio

Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Shawn has been the Eagle's sports editor since 2013.

Shawn Sharp interview

The detectives spoke to sports reporter Shawn Sharp about working for Monica.

Eagle editor found dead

Oxford Eagle managing editor Monica Drum was found dead in her office early Sunday morning.

Crime scene inventory

YCSD Forensics provided an unofficial inventory of the victim's desk and file cabinet.

Ernie Parrish bio

Ernie, a decorated veteran, has been working as the newspaper's overnight security guard since 2007.

Ernie Parrish interview

The detectives spoke to the security guard who was on duty the night Monica died.

Victim's phone logs

YCSD investigators located Monica's personal record of her outgoing calls and their purpose.

Eagle visitor logs

YCSD investigators obtained the Oxford Eagle visitor logs from April 14 through July 14, 2019.

When News-Makers Become the News

The Crime Beat reports: Where is Monica's ex (?) boyfriend in the investigation into her murder?

Victim's appointments

Investigators exported Monica's recent calendar data from the computer taken into evidence in her office.

Bettina North personnel file

The Oxford Eagle provided the personnel file of terminated employee Bettina North.

David Ledford personnel file

The Oxford Eagle provided the personnel file of terminated employee David Ledford.

John Winter personnel file

The Oxford Eagle provided the personnel file of terminated employee John Winter.

Store owner admits killing Drum

The Crime Beat reports: Alleged shooter blamed Drum for ruining his life

Melvin Roberts bio

Melvin is a native Yoknapatawphan and was well-liked until he was falsely accused of rape.

Melvin Roberts interview

Melvin agreed to talk to the detectives about his confession to killing Monica Drum.

YCSD Archive: Drum/Roberts incident report

From the Sheriff's Department 2014 Archives: Monica Drum filed this report regarding Melvin Roberts.

Newspaper clip file – Melvin Roberts

Investigators pulled copies of articles Monica wrote about Melvin Roberts.

Incident report - object found

A caller reported the discovery of an unusual object found in Monica Drum's residence.

Lori Schultz interview

The detectives met with Lori after she found an object hidden at Ms. Drum's residence.

Candy Roberts interview

Candy Roberts came into the Sheriff's Department to talk about her husband's confession.

Safe deposit box inventory

YCSD investigators traced the safe deposit key to a bank in Memphis, TN. Detectives coordinated with Shelby County, TN authorities to execute a search warrant.

Monica Drum's will

Monica Drum's last will and testament was found in her safe deposit box.

Letters to Monica

Handwritten correspondence from Lori to Monica was found in her safe deposit box.

Rick Hughes pens letter

Rick Hughes addresses the community about his involvement in the Monica Drum murder.

Melvin Roberts evaluation

At the sheriff's department's request, the county mental health service evaluated Melvin Roberts.

Ballistics analysis

The lab analyzed evidence collected from the crime scene and from Mr. Roberts.

Jessica Shaffer bio

Investigators researched the background of Jessica Shaffer, named as a beneficiary of Monica's will.

Kenzie Walker interview

Kenzie Walker reportedly was with Melvin Roberts shortly after Monica Drum was killed.

Security video

YCSD investigators located video of a person of interest at the time of the murder.

Analysis of handwritten note

Analysts conducted a preliminary examination of the handwritten note found among Monica's effects.

New frustration in Drum case

The Crime Beat reports: Another twist in the Drum murder investigation

Edward Hagen bio

The scion of a political family, Edward Hagen currently serves in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Edward Hagen interview

The detectives spoke to Representative Hagen about some items in Monica Drum's effects.

Preliminary forensic analysis

The lab provided their preliminary findings on evidence recovered from the crime scene.

Frank Knight interview

The detectives asked Mr. Knight about his involvement in Rep. Hagen's relationship with Monica Drum.

Coroner's preliminary report

Preliminary report on the autopsy of Monica Drum. Additional analyses are ongoing.

Frannie Grace interview

The detectives met with the Oxford Eagle janitor about what she witnessed the night of the murder.

Rick Hughes interview

After Melvin Roberts confessed to killing Monica Drum, Rick Hughes contacted the detectives and agreed to come in for an interview.

Rick Hughes bio

Rick joined the Eagle staff after earning a master's degree in journalism from Ole Miss.

Drum memorial service held

The Oxford Weekly Planet covered the local memorial service for Monica Drum.

Frannie Grace interview #2

The YCSD arranged for Frannie Grace to try to remember more about the night of the murder.

Shawn Sharp interview #2

The detectives wanted to know if Shawn remembered anything more about the night Monica was murdered.

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