TELEPHONE INTERVIEW — PROLOGUE TAPE, SIDE #2
Q: Mark Gordon Russell (interviewer in Los Angeles)M: Maxine Mc Wethy (the mother in Centrahoma, Oklahoma)
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: DURING MY SECOND CONVERSATION WITH MAXINE, I BEGIN TAPING AGAIN WHEN SHE MENTIONS WHAT SOUNDS LIKE IMPORTANT INFORMATION.)
Q: I’m confused about the contracts you signed because I don’t know the width and breadth of them. (“RIGHT”) In any case, I’m just interested in getting more information. (“YEAH”) I’m concerned for your rights. What questions do you have? (“NONE”)
M: I don’t have any right now.
Q: How is your husband doing?
M: He’s not doing too good. I’m going to take him to the nursing home this evening.
Q: To stay there? What is wrong with him exactly?
M: He can’t get around. He falls. He’s wanting to go to the nursing home —
Q: Oh dear.
M: — for ninety days so I guess I’ll take him. So that’s all I can do right now, I guess. If he wants to go, I’ll take him.
Q: Is it nearby?
M: It’s not that far —
Q: So you can still visit him?
Q: Is it balance?
M: He’s got bad feet and legs and he can’t hardly stand on them. Since he had that breakdown it’s worse and he’s had a stroke before. On the left side. At the Ada hospital the other night, that guy took his blood pressure on his left arm and he couldn’t get anything but real low blood pressure.
Q: What exactly is wrong with him? Does he have diabetes or something?
M: No. He’s — he’s just had a breakdown. (“WAIT”)
Q: What exactly? What kind of breakdown?
M: He’s nervous, I guess. His whole body shakes.
Q: Is it because of being so disturbed by the poltergeist?
M: Oh no. That don’t have anything to do with it.
Q: It’s a nervous condition?
Q: That does come involved with these cases. The poltergeist draws different sources of energy from people around it. There’s another thing that I should mention to you. In these cases, the houses involved always have the weather boarding.
M: Is that right?
Q: It’s almost like they become some kind of transmitting device. One of the things I was able to find is that in many of the famous cases there was weather boarding on the houses. It seems like a trivial aspect but maybe it does have something to do with it. I look forward to meeting you. I have a reservation at the hotel, so why don’t you check in with me. Should I just come out on Friday?
M: Any time you want to come out.
Q: Okay, fine. You don’t have a (“A PHONE”) — why don’t you check in with me at the hotel that evening when I get in?
Q: I’ll probably be in around 7:00 or 7:30. Anyway, (“BUT”) why don’t you check back with me once I get my itinerary. Let’s see. I’ll (“I’LL HAVE SOME”) be getting ready. Maybe Tuesday. Well, let’s see. I have — oh boy —
M: (small laugh)
Q: Let’s not make an appointment but why don’t you check back with me at some point? (“LUCKY”) When you go to the post office or when you’re around a phone? Even if I miss you once, I’ll eventually hook up with you. You can call me at night. Any time. I’ll probably be getting the itinerary on Monday so I’d say maybe call me Monday evening. Or Tuesday morning would be fine.
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: I STOP RECORDING HERE. ON BOTH TAPE SIDES THESE PORTIONS WERE RECORDED OVER SOME PREVIOUS WORK RELATING TO A PARAMOUNT PICTURES ASSIGNMENT.)