Older woman with blonde hair, glasses, and bright pink lipstick

Joanna Laughlin interview #2

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – 11:15 a.m.

Joanna Laughlin is Chas Laughlin's wife.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy re-interviewed her at her residence.


  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Joanna Laughlin

Detective Murphy: Thank you for seeing us again, Mrs. Laughlin. Will you please state your full name and address for the record?

Joanna Laughlin: Joanna Laughlin. 310 North 16th St, Oxford, Mississippi. What do you people want this time?

Detective Murphy: We won't take up too much of your time. We'd just like you to look at some photos.

Joanna Laughlin: What for?

Detective Armstrong: You told us last time that you saw a man in a dark SUV parked at the Oxford Ridge apartments.

Joanna Laughlin: Yeah. So?

Detective Armstrong: We were hoping you would look at these photos and see if you recognize anyone.

Joanna Laughlin: Why would I want to help you?

Detective Armstrong: Why wouldn't you?

Joanna Laughlin: The way you been harassing me and Chas? Grilling us over and over for no good reason, pulling out his hair, taking his blood, turning my house upside down like you never been anywhere civilized in your life?

Detective Murphy: We apologize for any inconvenience. Still, you do want to help us solve this murder, don't you?

Joanna Laughlin: What do I care? Andy Fine was a no-good bastard. Ain't no one who ain't better off without him around.

Detective Armstrong: Just look at the photos, please, ma'am.

Joanna Laughlin: What for? I done told you that was a long time ago, and I don't remember nothing about that man.

Detective Murphy: Just humor us, if you would.

Joanna Laughlin: I do, and then you'll get on out of here and leave us alone?

Detective Armstrong: You look at the photos and tell us if you recognize anyone, and we'll get out of your hair today.

Joanna Laughlin: Today, but not forever?

Detective Murphy: Mrs. Laughlin, please.

Joanna Laughlin: Fine. Show me them photos. Let's get this over with.

Detective Armstrong: Here they are. Take your time. The man you saw may be in one of these photos, or he may not.

Joanna Laughlin: How long you want me to wait before I tell you again I don't remember?

Detective Murphy: Is that the truth? You don't recognize any of these men?

Joanna Laughlin: That's what I said.

Detective Armstrong: Are you sure? Because I got a feeling you have something else to say.

Joanna Laughlin: Anything else I got to say wouldn't be polite. I don't remember who I saw that night. I can't help you.

Detective Armstrong: Can't or won't?

Joanna Laughlin: What's the difference? If y'all are about done wasting my time today, I got things to do.

Detective Armstrong: Yeah. Okay. Thank you so much for all your help, Mrs. Laughlin.

Joanna Laughlin: Don't you give me attitude in my own house. Get on out of here. Go!

Detective Murphy: Thanks for your time, ma'am. We'll be in touch.

Joanna Laughlin: Next time you want something from me and Chas, call our lawyer first.

Interview ended – 11:27 a.m.



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