Robin Maxwell follow-up interview
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 8:20 a.m.
Detectives Armstrong and Murphy went to the Maxwell residence to tell them what was found at St. Peter's Cemetery. Although the bodies had not yet been officially identified, the sheriff's department wanted the Maxwells to be aware of the discovery before hearing about it on the news or from another source.
After the preliminary notification, Detective Murphy interviewed Mrs. Maxwell while Detective Armstrong interviewed her husband, Todd Maxwell. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective S. Murphy
- Robin Maxwell
Detective Murphy: Mrs. Maxwell, I understand how difficult this is. Let me know if you need to take a break. Some of these things we've gone over before, but I'd like to be sure we have it all down.
Robin Maxwell: Thank you. I hope I can help, Detective Murphy.
Detective Murphy: First, just for the record, please state your name and address.
Robin Maxwell: Robin Ross Maxwell. 103 Pleasant Drive.
Detective Murphy: Thank you. Let's go back over the timing from Thursday night, January 2nd, to when you last saw Cameron and Caitlin on the morning of the 3rd. You had a farewell dinner. Is that right? Tell me about that. Who was there?
Robin Maxwell: Well, let's see. Yes, we always have a special family dinner when Cameron and Caitlin are leaving for an extended period for training or competitions. I fix their favorite foods: seafood and Caesar salad. It's just family. Todd and I, Austin, Cameron and Caitlin. A time to spend together when the family is going to be apart for a bit.
Detective Murphy: How did everyone get along at dinner?
Robin Maxwell: Pretty well. We laughed and talked. Austin was a little withdrawn, but we all knew he resented the trip somewhat because it interfered with the plans for funding his music. He was pleasant enough though. It didn't get out of hand. I think he made one or two remarks but tried to keep it from ruining the meal, and it didn't.
Detective Murphy: About what time did you start and end dinner?
Robin Maxwell: Let's see. We sat down in the dining room about 5:30 p.m. and by about 7:00 p.m. we were clearing the table. Austin went out for a bit to practice with his band, and Cameron and Caitlin packed their things. I put in a last load of laundry of odds and ends the kids needed.
Detective Murphy: Were there any phone calls that night, any visitors?
Robin Maxwell: Cameron talked to one of his friends right before dinner. I think Caitlin called Maggie later on to say good-bye. I called my mother, and Cameron and Caitlin talked to her for a few minutes. That's all. No visitors.
Detective Murphy: What time did everyone go to bed that night?
Robin Maxwell: Cameron and Caitlin were in bed between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. Austin got home a little before 11:30 p.m. and went to bed. and Todd and I went to bed about the same time.
Detective Murphy: What time did you get up again?
Robin Maxwell: Well, Todd and I walked back through everything like you asked us to do. I had the alarm set for 1:30 a.m. I got up and folded the laundry and made coffee. Todd was up shortly after I was. That must have been about 1:40 or so. He had a cup of coffee and went out to get gas in the car. I got Cameron and Caitlin up just a little after 2:00 a.m.
Detective Murphy: When did Todd get back home?
Robin Maxwell: Todd came back in about that time, just after 2:00 a.m..
Detective Murphy: Then what happened?
Robin Maxwell: I made a nice breakfast, waffles and blueberry syrup, eggs and bacon for us. I got Austin up about 3:00 a.m., and he and Todd put the kids things in the car. Austin left with Caitlin and Cameron between 3:10 and 3:15 a.m.
Detective Murphy: Then you went back to bed?
Robin Maxwell: We rinsed the dishes and put them in the dishwasher, and then Todd and I went back to bed, yes. We were in bed by 3:30 a.m.
Detective Murphy: Did either of you go out at all after Austin, Cameron and Caitlin left?
Robin Maxwell: No.
Detective Murphy: All right. Did you hear Austin come back in?
Robin Maxwell: No, I didn't. We were asleep and had the door closed.
Detective Murphy: So you don't know for certain what time he came home?
Robin Maxwell: Yes, that's right.
Detective Murphy: What time did you get up?
Robin Maxwell: Todd and I got up at 7:30 a.m.
Detective Murphy: Was Austin at home at that time?
Robin Maxwell: Yes, he was. His car was outside, and he was in bed.
Detective Murphy: When did you next talk to Austin?
Robin Maxwell: He got up about noon, and we had something to eat together.
Detective Murphy: What did he say about dropping Caitlin and Cameron off at the bus stop?
Robin Maxwell: He said he dropped them off just fine, and came home and went to bed.
Detective Murphy: He didn't tell you they'd argued?
Robin Maxwell: No, he didn't tell me about that until later, after we found that they were missing. I think he didn't want to upset me at the time.
Detective Murphy: Mrs. Maxwell, explain for me again why it was that Austin drove Caitlin and Cameron to the bus stop rather than you or Mr. Maxwell?
Robin Maxwell: OK. Well, we usually did that when they were taking the bus. Have Austin drive, I mean. I– everyone thinks I get too emotional when Cameron and Caitlin, or anyone else in the family for that matter, are leaving for an extended period. So I guess we just got into the habit of doing it that way, saying the good-byes at the house and having Austin drive them over there. If we were driving to Memphis, sometimes Todd or I or both of us would go.
Detective Murphy: Mrs. Maxwell, did you notice any scratches or cuts on either your husband or Austin in the day or so after Cameron and Caitlin left?
Robin Maxwell: No, nothing like that.
Detective Murphy: Anyone using bandages, complaining of being sore, having headaches?
Robin Maxwell: No, not that I can recall.
Detective Murphy: Was there anything odd or unusual about the time period between just before Cameron and Caitlin left the house to the present?
Robin Maxwell: No, nothing. I've thought and thought about it. There's just nothing I can remember that seems out of place.
Detective Murphy: OK, thank you. Now I understand that Cameron talked with a friend of his and went out a few times while he was in town. Can you tell me about that?
Robin Maxwell: Yes, that's Ryan, Ryan Rand. He and Cameron have been friends since they were little, since first grade.
Detective Murphy: Would you like to take a short break, Mrs. Maxwell?
Robin Maxwell: No, no I'll be all right. Let's go on. Ryan and Cameron talked on the phone several times, and they went to see a movie.
Detective Murphy: Did Cameron go out anyplace else while he was home, talk with anyone else?
Robin Maxwell: Other than family, I don't think he talked to anyone else in Oxford on the phone. He and Caitlin both talked with Mike and John. That's Mike Morton and John Kennedy their coaches in Memphis. They talked with Allison Gallagher about some music they wanted to use.
Detective Murphy: Is that all?
Robin Maxwell: He ran a few errands. He and Caitlin went shopping twice. He drove over to Magnolia Transit and picked up the bus tickets. I'm sure he spoke with people he ran into while he was out. Just about everyone in Oxford knows who he is. That's everything I can recall.
Detective Murphy: What about Caitlin? Do you remember where she went, who she talked to?
Robin Maxwell: Let's see, she and her friend Maggie – that's Maggie Jenkins. You've talked to her I think – they talked on the phone a few times and went to see a few movies. Caitlin didn't really like the public attention, being recognized and signing autographs and things, so she tended to stay at home. Everyone loved them so, you know. I– we– no one can understand this, why this had to happen. It's such a terrible. I miss them so much. I don't know how we're going to go on, get past this.
Detective Murphy: Mrs. Maxwell, would you like that break now?
Robin Maxwell: Yes, maybe for a minute, thanks.
[INTERVIEW SUSPENDED 8:47 a.m.]