What's happened so far…

Investigation Day 1

First thing Monday morning, Professor Jake Hemphill went to the Yoknapatawpha County Conference Center to check that everything was ready for his big presentation at the Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference that day. What he found was his colleague Doug Reed bloody and motionless on the meeting room floor.

Detectives Murphy and Parker spoke with Dr. Hemphill about his discovery of Dr. Reed's body.

Then they talked to the YCCC Events Manager, who was nearby when the body was found and called 911.

Later on, the detectives sat down with Faulkner expert Dr. Andrew Carlson, who was scheduled to co-present with Dr. Hemphill.

Throughout the day, investigators interviewed people at the YCCC looking for anyone who had seen or heard anything in the hours before Dr. Reed was found dead.

By midday, the local media was on the story.

That afternoon, Detective Murphy followed up on a reported discovery at a local garden center.

Investigation Day 2

The detectives asked a YCCC employee to come in to talk about what other witnesses said he witnessed.

Before heading over to the Ole Miss campus to talk to Dr. Reed's colleagues, Detectives Murphy and Parker reviewed the preliminary evidence inventory and photos from the crime scene.

Upon arrival at the English Department's offices, the detectives spoke first with department chair Dan Johnson.

Then they met with business school professor Nora Percy.

Later, English professor Laurence Bricker agreed to sit down with Detectives Murphy and Parker.


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Dr. Reed's teaching assistant, Monte Marcos, had some new information to share with the detectives.

After Monte turned over a new piece of evidence, the detectives talked to the rest of Dr. Reed's department colleagues.

Investigation Day 3

The next morning, the coroner submitted a preliminary report on the autopsy findings, and the crime lab sent over newly recovered evidence.

Shortly afterward, the English department's senior secretary came in to talk to investigators.

After Ms. Fitch left, her assistant also spoke with Detectives Murphy and Parker.

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