09:50 -- 26 Feb 2010 UTC-7
Submitted by: Lt. Joseph Carmichael
The following is a transcript of my interview with Margaret Foley Brandwick-Kearns, female, Age 43. Resident of Young America, Michigan. Occupation: Educator
Ms. Brandwick has come in to give a formal statement on the incident that occurred this past Saturday night, at her apartment complex located at 2610 Hwy 36 just outside Young American Ave.
JC: Good Morning, Ms. Brandwick, thank you for taking the time to come meet with me this morning.
MK: Oh, no problem. However, like I just told you, I reported everything to the first officer on the scene already. I’m not sure how else I can help.
JC: You did, yes, and it was very helpful. The reason we’re here today is to just get your statement on record and then, if I could ask you a few more questions surrounding the case, I would be very appreciative.
MK: Sure. Okay. Shoot.
JC: <pause> “Shoot?”
MK: Yes, go ahead. I’m all ears.
JC: Okay. So the report submitted by the officer – wait, ahm…I’m curious… Why – Why did you choose the word “Shoot” just now?
MK: Ahm. I don’t know. I say it all the time. <pause> I didn’t mean to offend, sorry.
JC: Okay. <unintelligible> The report says that you were walking North on Division to your apartment. Is that correct?
MK: Yes, that is correct.
JC: Hmm. Well there’s a little problem with that – as Division runs East and West.
MK: Oh – well, I’m not very good with directions, and I had JUST moved in. How about, I was walking past the line of carports, toward the dumpsters at the corner when I heard gunshots, does that work?
JC: Okay, yes – that will work. Amending the report now.
MK: This, this all sounds weird to me. Could you be more specific as to why I’m here? I kinda feel like I’m on trial. <laughs>
JC: Relax. This will all be over before you know it, I promise. Next question – I understand that you had just moved into the neighborhood two days prior to the shooting.
MK: Yes, that is correct. I had just ended a relationship, and needed to move out, fast.
JC: Well, based on the report your new roommate made, your new apartment is located just above the “alleged” crime scene.
MK: Yes, although it was very dark – I told the police officer all of this already. And what do you mean “alleged?” I heard the screaming, I heard the gunshots – I saw two people running, and someone slumped against my building. I ran to get help. The end.
JC: Why didn’t you stay with the victim, and use your cell phone?
MK: Well, I was scared, my first thought was to get to safety. And, my phone, it was dead.
JC: Well, based on the report your roommate made, you told her this could constitute a “hate” crime. You told her in the when the police showed up that before the gunshots there was yelling, and someone was screaming the word “fucking Dyke.”
MK: Well, yes – but, whoever got shot, left – so, I’m not sure if the actual shooting would be considered a hate crime.
The Lieutenant paused to pull out his cigarettes and light one.
JC: And the two guys running away, they were white?
MK: Yes, both of them. Shaved heads, all tatted up with crosses and the like. I am guessing Neo Nazi or something similar.
JC: Okay, this is curious. The report says that the assailants were two African American men of African descent.
MK: Um. Aren’t all African Americans of African descent? <pause> No – they were both white. I told everyone, my roommate, the police that showed up to the scene – everyone knew what I saw.
JC: <pause> So, you’re saying there were no other witnesses, the perpetrators were white, the victim ran away and now you’re NOT SURE this was a hate crime. Okay. <pause> I think I got it.
MK: Well, I don’t know – now you have me wondering.
JC: Well, this is easily solvable. Are YOU a Dyke?
JC: Do you consider yourself to be a Dyke? I mean, are you a Lesbian, Ms. Brandwick?
MK: How does this—
JC: Just a yes or no will suffice.
MK: Wait. I’m not on trial here. You brought me in here to -- who are you? What is this place?
JC: Did you or did you not leave your husband for another woman, Ms. Brandwick, just answer the question and we can call it a morning.
MK: No, I didn’t, I’m not a lesbian. I’m bi-
JC: And your relationships with <pause> Nicolla Ferrain, and Magda Feinstein? Those were just, what - accidents?
MK: Those weren’t long term “relationships” per se , they were my lov– wait, did my ex-husband call you? Is that it? Maybe you should ask HIM about HIS relationships with MEN before we met—Yes, I did leave him – I left him because I suspected he was trying to kill me—
JC: This sounds mmm….far fetched, Ms. Brandwick. Do you have any proof of this? In fact, do you have proof that ANY of this occurred, because we just got the lab results back. The “blood” that the supposed “victim” left, is fake.
MK: No! What? That’s impossible. I know what I saw, I’m not making this up!
JC: I think we’re done here today, I can see you’re getting upset. Thank you for your time. We’ll call you if we need anything else. In the meantime, if you could stay close to home until we resolve this, it would be much appreciated.