Interview: Andy Brandt

Friday, April 6, 2012 - 1:37 p.m.

Andy Brandt is Ronny Brandt's older brother. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness' knowledge and consent.


Detective Armstrong: Good afternoon, Mr. Brandt. Thanks for coming in to speak with us.

Andy Brandt: No prob. What do you need?

Detective Armstrong: We have a few questions to ask you about your family.

Andy Brandt: All right... shoot. Not literally, of course. I don't need any more of that.

Detective Murphy: You don't need any more of that? What exactly do you mean?

Andy Brandt: Just a joke. A cop didn't really shoot at me.

Detective Armstrong: I see here that you've had a few run-ins with the police. Isn't that correct?

Andy Brandt: Well, yeah... you police always gotta bring that stuff up?

Detective Murphy: No, we don't. I can't say that it doesn't raise suspicion though.

Andy Brandt: Suspicion of what? That was a long time ago.

Detective Armstrong: No, it really wasn't that long ago. You still up to your old ways? Taking things that don't belong to you?

Andy Brandt: No, I did my time. That's all in the past. I'm living right, now.

Detective Murphy: All right, Mr. Brandt, if you say so. What can you tell us about your brother and his family?

Andy Brandt: What you mean? They're a regular family like anyone else.

Detective Armstrong: Any bickering, fighting?

Andy Brandt: I don't know. I haven't been around much.

Detective Murphy: Didn't you stay with the family for a while when you came to town?

Andy Brandt: Well, yeah, when I was getting settled, finding an apartment. So what?

Detective Murphy: So you must have seen how they got along with each other. Or didn't.

Andy Brandt: They got along fine. What do you want me to say?

Detective Armstrong: No arguments?

Andy Brandt: Everybody argues, but it's no big deal.

Detective Murphy: Did everything seem OK with the family? Did everyone seem happy?

Andy Brandt: Yeah, they're fine. As happy as anyone, I guess.

Detective Armstrong: How about RJ? Did he ever do or say anything unusual?

Andy Brandt: No. That kid is fine too, just a little shy sometimes.

Detective Murphy: Have you spent time with the family when you weren't living there?

Andy Brandt: What do you mean?.

Detective Murphy: Weekends, holidays, that kind of thing.

Andy Brandt: Oh, yeah. Sometimes.

Detective Armstrong: Have you noticed any changes? Like do they get along better now than they used to? Or do they argue more now than in the past?

Andy Brandt: Man, I don't know. When they start bitching at each other, I take off. I don't need that crap.

Detective Armstrong: So they do argue.

Andy Brandt: I told you. Everybody argues. It's no big deal.

Detective Murphy: Who argues with whom exactly?

Andy Brandt: Huh?

Detective Murphy: Is it your brother arguing with his wife? Or she's arguing with him? Or they're arguing with RJ? What usually happens?

Andy Brandt: I don't know. What difference does it make?

Detective Armstrong: What can you tell us about your niece who died?

Andy Brandt: What?

Detective Armstrong: You had a niece who died, right?

Andy Brandt: Uh, yeah?

Detective Armstrong: You're not sure?

Andy Brandt: No, I just‒ no‒ yeah. In Biloxi, yeah.

Detective Armstrong: So what can you tell us about her?

Andy Brandt: Nothing. What do you mean? She was a baby. She died. It was sad.

Detective Armstrong: You're all broken up about it, huh?

Andy Brandt: It was a long time ago.

Detective Murphy: What about Ronny and Heather? Have they gotten over their daughter's death like you have?

Andy Brandt: I don't know. Parents don't really get over a thing like that, do they? But I guess they're doing OK.

Detective Murphy: What about RJ? How did he take it?

Andy Brandt: I don't know. About like you'd expect, I guess.

Detective Armstrong: Mr. Brandt, I have a feeling maybe there's more you could be telling us.

Andy Brandt: About what?

Detective Armstrong: I think you know.

Andy Brandt: I'm sorry, sir. I don't know what you want me to say.

Detective Armstrong: If that's the way you want to play it, then I think we're done for now.

Detective Murphy: But be thinking about what else you have to tell us. We'll be in touch.

Andy Brandt: Yes, ma'am.

Interview ends: 1:52 p.m.