Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 11:02 p.m.
Lee Merryweather was Victor Jennings' personal assistant and is the person who found his body. Detectives Murphy and Parker interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective S. Murphy
- Detective E. Parker
- Lee Merryweather
Detective Murphy: Thank you for waiting, Ms. Merryweather. I know it's been a long day.
Lee Merryweather: Not such a good day for me. I'm still in shock.
Detective Parker: Before we begin, would you please state your name and address for the record?
Lee Merryweather: I'm Lee Merryweather, and I live at 3036 Davis Drive, Apartment 234.
Detective Murphy: What was your relationship with Victor Jennings?
Lee Merryweather: I was his personal assistant.
Detective Parker: Which means you did what?
Lee Merryweather: At first, I just took care of his clothes, taking his suits to the cleaners and picking them up, and seeing that his suits were matching the rest of his outfits. I kept the calendar for his appointments and made sure he always knew what was coming next. You know, things like that. But eventually, he started trusting me with more personal details of his business. I kept the files on his clients. Of course, everyone knew he was under house arrest for trying to extort money from Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood. I knew he was trying to cheat some Hollywood people, but I never knew who they were. Well, until he was under arrest and their names came out.
Detective Parker: And what were those names?
Lee Merryweather: You must've heard. They were famous, even among the famous. Michael and Samantha Hawke! I can say one thing for Victor. He sure aimed high.
Detective Murphy: Tell us about what happened when you went to Mr. Jennings' house today.
Lee Merryweather: It's hard to talk about, you know? Even though Mr. Jennings wasn't a likeable person, I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
Detective Murphy: You mean his death?
Lee Merryweather: Yes, and the way he died.
Detective Murphy: How would you describe the scene?
Lee Merryweather: It looked like he was getting the dishes and silverware out of the dishwasher and slipped and fell. There was a lot of blood.
Detective Murphy: Could you tell where the blood was coming from?
Lee Merryweather: Yes, it was coming from his chest somewhere.
Detective Murphy: You saw a wound in his chest?
Lee Merryweather: Well, no, but he was lying there on the floor in all that blood. I guess I just assumed it was coming from his chest.
Detective Parker: Why do you say Mr. Jennings wasn't a very likeable person?
Lee Merryweather: I saw a lot of dirty work going on with him and his shady friend. Mr. Jennings knew a lot of wealthy people and because of that, he would scheme to make money off of them, not always in the most honest way.
Detective Parker: Meaning what?
Lee Merryweather: He didn't confide in me about a lot of his business deals, but I heard discussions in his office and over the phone. He was blackmailing some people, but he never used any names. He always called them "Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood."
Detective Parker: Tell us what you were doing at Mr. Jennings' residence tonight. How often did you go there in the evenings?
Lee Merryweather: Sometimes, if it was required of me.
Detective Parker: You still haven't told us why you were at his house this time.
Lee Merryweather: Sorry. He had called me earlier in the afternoon, asked me to pick up some groceries for him. He couldn't leave the house, you know. I was too busy then to do it, and finally I managed to find some time to take it over there. I just wish that I could've done it earlier. Maybe things would have been different.
Detective Murphy: Maybe not. Did you ever meet any of Mr. Jennings' family or friends?
Lee Merryweather: That was the strangest thing about Mr. Jennings' life. He never had many visitors. We flew out to California a couple times a year, but nobody came to him. Most of his business deals were done over the phone or on the internet. I did meet the guy he had that did his dirty work, though. I was always a little leery of him, and I kept my distance as much as possible.
Detective Murphy: Who would that be?
Lee Merryweather: His name is Carl, and he took care of people that Mr. Jennings didn't want around him. I'm starting to feel sick. I'd like to go.
Detective Murphy: All right. You can go, but we'll need to talk to you again soon.
Lee Merryweather: OK. Bye.
Interview ends - 11:21 p.m.