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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 3:55 p.m.

Heather Brandt is the mother of the boy who brought the skull to school. The interview was conducted at Oxford Middle School and was recorded on a portable audio tape recorder with the witness' knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Heather Brandt

Detective Armstrong: Thank you for taking time off work this afternoon, Mrs. Brandt. We'll keep this short. Could you please state your name and address for the record?

Heather Brandt: Certainly. Heather Brandt, 205 Brittany Dr. here in Oxford.

Detective Armstrong: Thank you. Mrs. Brandt, we would like to talk to you about your son RJ.

Heather Brandt: Sure, I know the skull thing is pretty odd, isn't it?

Detective Murphy: What do you mean by odd?

Heather Brandt: Well, just a human skull? I mean, it is a human skull, isn't it?

Detective Armstrong: We're still determining that, but it looks like it could be.

Detective Murphy: Mrs. Brandt, is RJ having trouble in school?

Heather Brandt: I don't think so. Well, I mean he's not an honor roll student, but I think he's doing OK.

Detective Murphy: He dresses pretty dark, doesn't he?

Heather Brandt: It's just a phase he's going through. That's not a big deal as far as I'm concerned. We all went through phases when we were younger. I don't think it means he's going to kill someone.

Detective Armstrong: Didn't say it meant he would, Mrs. Brandt. Does RJ have many friends?

Heather Brandt: I believe he has a couple friends, but I don't know for sure. I work a lot of hours, and unfortunately I don't get to spend as much time with my son as I would like to.

Detective Murphy: When we talked with RJ, he made a comment about being a widower, but with him it was his sister. What do you think he meant by that?

Heather Brandt: I don't know. He hasn't really been the same since Katrina. I wish I had the money to take him to a psychiatrist, but I don't. I try to talk to him, but he's in that phase where he knows all, and we know nothing.

Detective Armstrong: Where do you think the skull came from?

Heather Brandt: I'm assuming the backyard like he said. He has been digging around back there, something about wanting to make his own swimming pool. Keeps him busy and out of trouble. Well, I mean it did until now.

Detective Murphy: What does RJ like to do in his spare time?

Heather Brandt: Well, like I said, I'm not at home as much as I'd like to be, but I know he rides his skateboard, watches wrestling, listens to music. I can't think of anything else at the moment, but he really is a good boy.

Detective Armstrong: When you lived in Biloxi, did RJ have many friends?

Heather Brandt: Oh, he had some, but he's not a real social person. He likes to stick to himself.

Detective Murphy: Well, thank you for talking to us, Mrs. Brandt, and for letting us talk to RJ. We appreciate your time, and I'm sure we'll be talking to you more as we continue our investigation. You can take RJ home now.

Heather Brandt: You're welcome, Detectives. Happy to help.

Interview ends: 4:11 p.m.

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Well , Well, a human scull, and what mother doesn't find that strange, the fact that her son found it in her back yard!!!!!

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  1.    kirsty

im african american i belive in whoopins if he were my son he would have gotten one with a belt

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  1.    niiya

I bet RJ's dad agrees totally with you. What "good" would that actually do? Yes, sadly a lot of "adults" feel so helpless and superior at the same time when it comes to the upbringing of their offspring, that they feel the need to resort to such...

I bet RJ's dad agrees totally with you. What "good" would that actually do? Yes, sadly a lot of "adults" feel so helpless and superior at the same time when it comes to the upbringing of their offspring, that they feel the need to resort to such violence. And is it any wonder as most experience such punishment themselves as children. Monkey see, monkey do. It's easy beating up a child and using an object as well, isn't it? If you cannot earn their respect or educate them better , then choose second best and frighten them into submission and discipline. Your comment was neither a sign of intelligence nor empathy. I find your remark irresponsible, unwarranted, ignorant, stupid and sickening. I do not care what culture you come from either. It wouldn't surprise me if the little dead girl in this case was the victim of domestic violence.

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Maybe washed up by Katrina?

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I would think that one would get scared a suspicouse then call the police

bring a skelleton to school i know a few people that i would suspect of doing that

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If my son found a skull in the back yard. I would call police! Maybe this chick just never watched CSI or any suspense movies and she is just clueless...but I doubt it.

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Wasn't it mentioned earlier sister died...could she have had a baby/pregnancy that was hidden from the public?

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  1.    adaubon

"RJ was the first of two children, the second of which died from SIDS while the family lived in Biloxi, Mississippi." (Source: RJ's Biography)

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She doesn't seem to be the most involved in her sons life. But she certainly is pretty calm for finding out her son found a skull in the back yard. Mine would be hysterical, and would definitely call the police.

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Question: why did she say:

Detective Murphy: When we talked with RJ, he made a comment about being a widower, but with him it was his sister. What do you think he meant by that?

Heather Brandt: I don't know. He hasn't really been the same since...

Question: why did she say:

Detective Murphy: When we talked with RJ, he made a comment about being a widower, but with him it was his sister. What do you think he meant by that?

Heather Brandt: I don't know. He hasn't really been the same since Katrina. I wish I had the money to take him to a psychiatrist, but I don't. I try to talk to him, but he's in that phase where he knows all, and we know nothing.

why did she not say anything about her daughter that died? its pretty obvious that who RJ was referring to is his baby sister. why, why, why? strange isnt it?

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