Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 11:03 a.m.
Margaret Jennings was the victim's mother. 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
- Margaret Jennings
Detective Murphy: Have a seat there, and give us your name and address for the record before we begin.
Margaret Jennings: You know who I am. I'm Victor's mother. My name is Margaret Jennings, and I live at 102 Gipson Drive. I don't understand why you want to question me. You already made my husband come in, and he's dying of cancer! What is wrong with you people?
Detective Murphy: We just need to tie up some of the loose ends. Was your son going through any kind of traumatic problems?
Margaret Jennings: Victor was always going through something. He brought trouble on himself and everyone around him.
Detective Murphy: Isn't that a little harsh?
Margaret Jennings: I have no illusions about Victor. I'm his mother and I do love him, but I didn't like him. Victor wasn't someone you could like. He was mean-spirited and cold in his heart.
Detective Parker: What do you mean?
Margaret Jennings: Oh, come on. I know that you're aware that he was under house arrest awaiting trial for extortion, and I bet you've heard how he mistreated his brother. Raymond is a sweet and kind soul, and he tried as hard as he could to be friends with Victor. But Victor was too hard-hearted. He didn't care about Raymond – or the rest of us either. I don't think he cared about anyone. Brad always thought Victor loved him and they got along fine, but I don't think Victor really cared about his father. I think he just wanted the money.
Detective Murphy: Can you think of anyone specifically who might want to harm your son?
Margaret Jennings: As I said, Victor was going to trial for extortion. Why don't you question that Hollywood couple? Or the senators that people said Victor tried to blackmail? I never did know who they were. There were plenty of people who are very happy to see Victor dead, I'm sure.
Detective Parker: Are you one of those people, ma'am?
Margaret Jennings: Me? That's insulting, detective. I don’t have to put up with kind of insulting remarks from the likes of you!
Detective Murphy: All right, let's calm down. How about getting Mrs. Jennings a cold drink, Detective Parker?
Margaret Jennings: Yes, how about that? Thank you, Detective Murphy.
Detective Murphy: So was Victor mean to you, as you say he was to everyone else?
Margaret Jennings: He was cold and calculating. He fooled his father, but Victor was so vicious he even stole our family heirloom. He didn’t have to do that. Brad told us all that he was leaving it to Victor. Poor Brad, he doesn’t even know that Victor had already stolen it. Raymond was mad as a hornet when he discovered it was gone.
Detective Murphy: What was this heirloom?
Margaret Jennings: It was a beautiful music box that had a great sentimental value to the family.
Detective Murphy: Do you know why Victor took it?
Margaret Jennings: I suppose it would bring a good amount of money, but I believe Victor took it just to upset the family and to show us that he could.
Detective Parker: Here's your cold drink, ma'am. Did Raymond hate Victor? Would he hate him enough to kill him?
Margaret Jennings: What? What is wrong with you? My husband and I loved Victor, as did Raymond. I've had enough of these insulting questions. I'm leaving. Goodbye.
Detective Parker: Goodbye, Mrs. Jennings. We just might be needing to talk with you again.
Interview ends: 11:26 a.m.