Report, Harold G. Pendergrass (SBI): Interview,
interviewed on August 29, 1996, beginning at 3:55 p.m., at the Deep
River Fire Department, North Caroline Highway 68 North, Greensboro,
North Carolina, by SA H. G. Pendergrass and Guilford County
Sheriff's Department Detective J. D. Church.
Blakley is the former girlfriend of Ted Kimble, white male, and
first cousin to Patricia Kimble, victim in this investigation, and
was interviewed for this purpose.
Blakley stated she is single and presently resides with her parents
at their [address blacked out]Pleasant Garden, North Carolina,
residence. Blakley has finished high school and is a recent graduate
of Wingate University, Wingate, North Carolina, having obtained a
degree in Business Administration.
Blakley stated she first met and began dating Ted Kimble, spouse of
Patricia Kimble, while she was still a senior in high school (1991).
Blakley stated she was introduced to Ted Kimble by Joy Hedgecock,
white female, who was dating Ted at the time. Blakley stated she
dated Ted Kimble off and on for the next three and one-half years.
During the time they dated, Blakley stated Ted was very possessive.
After first meeting Ted Kimble, Blakley stated and recalled Ted
Kimble had just wrecked his vehicle, a Conquest (unable to recall
year of vehicle). As a result of the vehicle wreck, Blakley stated
Ted Kimble collected a sum of money from his insurance company.
Blakley stated she never saw the money but recalls Ted Kimble had
money concealed in the ceiling of his Hemphill Road, Julian, North
Carolina, trailer residence. Blakley stated the amount collected by
Kimble from his insurance company was approximately $1000 to $4000.
According to Blakley, Ted Kimble periodically purchased her jewelry;
two bracelets, a diamond ring and
necklace; with a
portion of the above money. Blakley stated and recalled Ted Kimble
purchasing a necklace ($300) from Scott Shepard, white male,
utilizing some of the same money. During this time, Blakley stated
Ted Kimble was supposedly collecting workmen's compensation as a
result of wrecking his vehicle earlier, but instead, was employed
and working on a regular basis at Lyles Building Materials. After
the wreck of the Conquest, Blakley stated Ted Kimble then purchased
an Isuzu pickup truck with a portion of the insurance proceeds.
After the purchase of the Isuzu, Blakley stated she was present and
observed Ted Kimble purposely damage the Isuzu by making a large
scratch mark on the pickup truck utilizing a key. Blakley stated Ted
Kimble damaged the Isuzu because he wanted his insurance company to
reimburse him for a new paint job. When asked, Blakley stated she
knew what Ted Kimble did was wrong but what Ted Kimble did to the
truck at the time did not seem all that bad.
At some point during their courtship, Blakley stated and recalled
Ted Kimble wrecking the Isuzu pickup. According to Blakley, Ted
Kimble then purchased a Chevrolet Camaro I-ROC. Blakley stated the
stereo equipment contained in the Camaro kept getting stolen and
subsequently being reinstalled back into the above Camaro by Ted
Kimble. In the fall of 1992, Blakley stated she was told by Ted
Kimble that he had personally broken into the Camaro I-ROC and
removed the stereo equipment while the vehicle sat stationary on the
parking lot at Lyles Building Materials. Following this, Blakley
stated Ted Kimble submitted an insurance claim for subsequent
replacement for the stereo equipment.
Following removal of the alleged "stolen" stereo equipment (two
speakers and equalizer), Blakley stated Ted Kimble then installed
the equipment into a black Camaro I-ROC or Pontiac Firebird, which
belonged to Scott Shepard. At some point, Blakley stated Shepard
sold his vehicle to another individual containing the same above
stereo equipment. Following this, Blakley stated Ted Kimble then
broke into and removed the above same stereo equipment while the
vehicle was parked at the residence of the new owner's girlfriend.
Blakley stated her relationship with Ted Kimble eventually ended
during her sophomore year of college (1993). Two weeks after ending
the relationship, Blakley stated she had returned home for the
weekend and was attending church that Sunday. On this occasion,
Blakley stated she learned that Ted Kimble was engaged to be married
to Patricia Blakley, Janet's cousin. Blakley stated this was very
upsetting to her since she had introduced Patricia to Ted Kimble.
Prior to becoming engaged to Patricia,
Blakley stated she had
also been engaged to Ted Kimble but decided to break the engagement
because Blakley wished to finish college before being married. In
the spring of 1994, Blakley stated she learned from her sister,
Christina, that she had been approached by Ted Kimble following his
marriage to Patricia and told by Ted Kimble that "he married his
beat friend, but he still loved Janet.'" Blakley stated and admitted
that she in fact did love Ted Kimble at one time.
Prior to his marriage to Patricia, Blakley stated Ted Kimble had
moved into Patricia's 2401 Brandon Station Court, Pleasant Garden,
North Carolina, residence. During this same time, Blakley stated she
continued to date Ted Kimble. After her refusal to marry Ted Kimble,
Blakley stated their relationship turned "sour." Blakley stated and
recalled Ted Kimble telling her on several occasions that before
Gary Lyle would sell Ted Kimble the building materials business,
that Ted would have to get married. When asked, Blakley stated Ted
Kimble always "bossed" his younger brother, Ronnie, around. Blakley
stated Ronnie Kimble would do whatever Ted asked Ronnie to do and
that Ted was capable of talking Ronnie into committing an unlawful
act; i.e, murdering Ted's wife, Patricia.
Prior to Patricia
Kimble's death, Blakley stated she had thought that some harm might
come to Patricia and that Ted Kimble would somehow be responsible.
Blakley stated she attempted to speak with Patricia Kimble regarding
her (Blakley's) thoughts, but Patricia Kimble continued to express
to Blakley how "good" and "kind" Ted was to Patricia. Blakley
further stated at the beginning of their courtship, she recalls
being present at Ted Kimble's Hemphill Road, Julian, North Carolina,
trailer residence and witnessed Ted place a short barrel rifle in
his mouth and commented to Blakley, "Why should I live?" According
to Blakley, Ted Kimble was not active in the church at that time and
believed he was trying to straighten his life out.
The interview with Janet Blakley was concluded at approximately 5:40
p.m., on August 29, 1996.