Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 9:20 a.m.
Zina Jacinto lived across the street from Victor Jennings. Detectives Murphy and Parker re-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
- Zina Jacinto
Detective Parker: Please state your name and address again for us, Zina.
Zina Jacinto: Certainly, my name is Zina Jacinto. Did I tell you it should have been Skeleton? I thought so. I live at 423 Turnberry Circle, Oxford, Mississippi.
Detective Murphy: How are the kitties?
Zina Jacinto: Oh, thank you so much for asking. They're great. Little Jimmy has problems with hairballs, but he'll be all right.
Detective Parker: Zina, we need to ask you a couple of questions about the list of cars you gave us.
Zina Jacinto: Did it help you nail the killer? I bet it was the one in the white car.
Detective Parker: Yes, it was helpful, but we haven't found the killer yet.
Zina Jacinto: Too bad.
Detective Murphy: Here is a copy of your list for February 16th, in case you want to refresh your memory.
Zina Jacinto: This list has been altered. The ambulance, the sheriff's department cars, and the coroner's car aren't on here.
Detective Parker: Yes, ma'am. We want to focus on the cars that were there before any of us arrived.
Zina Jacinto: Oh, OK.
Detective Parker: We want to ask you about these two cars: the black one and the little red one. Did you see who was driving either one of those cars?
Zina Jacinto: Well, that blonde woman drives the black car.
Detective Murphy: You'd seen her before?
Zina Jacinto: Many times. I told you about her before. I don't like her.
Detective Murphy: What's her name?
Zina Jacinto: Oh, we've never met.
Detective Murphy: Then how do you know you don't like her?
Zina Jacinto: She wears a fur coat. Victor said it was made out of kittens.
Detective Murphy: That's terrible. Can you tell us anything else about what she looks like? Young or old? Short or tall?
Zina Jacinto: She's middle-aged but dresses like she thinks she's 25.
Detective Parker: Did you see her go inside Victor's house on the 16th?
Zina Jacinto: Yes. He was wearing a bathrobe when he let her in. Can you believe that?
Detective Parker: You saw what he was wearing?
Zina Jacinto: It's right across the street from me. I'd have to be blind not to see.
Detective Murphy: What about the little red car? Did you see who was driving that one?
Zina Jacinto: Another woman. He always had so many women over there. I don't know what they saw in such a terrible man.
Detective Murphy: Was this one blonde too?
Zina Jacinto: No, no. Brunette.
Detective Parker: Had you seen her before?
Zina Jacinto: Once or twice.
Detective Parker: Do you remember anything else about what she looked like?
Zina Jacinto: She's middle-aged too. She seemed like a nice person.
Detective Murphy: You met her?
Zina Jacinto: No, but she didn't wear any fur.
Detective Parker: Did you see her go inside Victor's house that day?
Zina Jacinto: I did not. When I saw her walking to the front door, I turned away. I didn't want to see what state of undress that nasty Victor was in by then.
Detective Murphy: Last time you mentioned a red car with two women. Is that the same red car this brunette woman was driving?
Zina Jacinto: No, they were different.
Detective Murphy: What about the brunette woman? Was she one of the two women you saw in the other red car?
Zina Jacinto: No, they were much younger.
Detective Parker: According to your notes, the black car came back again later that afternoon. Is that correct?
Zina Jacinto: If that's what I wrote, that's what happened.
Detective Parker: You're sure you didn't write it down twice by mistake?
Zina Jacinto: No! If I wrote it twice, then the car was there twice. I'm not losing my marbles. Did Joey tell you that?
Detective Murphy: It's OK, Zina. We just have to double-check. You understand.
Zina Jacinto: The car was there twice.
Detective Parker: And did you see the blonde woman driving it the second time?
Zina Jacinto: She always did.
Detective Parker: But did you see her driving it that time?
Zina Jacinto: I know what I know. I'm not crazy just because you think I am.
Detective Parker: I don't think you're crazy, Zina.
Zina Jacinto: I've heard that before.
Detective Murphy: Zina, it's all right. I think that's all we need today. Is there anything else you want to tell us about Victor right now?
Zina Jacinto: I don't think so.
Detective Murphy: OK. Thanks for coming in again. Why don't I walk you out?
Zina Jacinto: Thank you. That would be nice.
Interview ends: 9:45 a.m.