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Report, J. D. Church (GCSD): Interview, Mike Eckstron, Traders Chevrolet


Guilford County Sheriff's Department
Supplemental Report
 

1. Incident Number: 951009027
2. Victim's Name: PATRICIA GALE KIMBLE
3. Day/Date/Time of Report: Fri Nov 24 12:25:38 EST 1995
 

4. Narrative: I DROVE TO TRADERS CHEVROLET TODAY 24NOV95 AND SPOKE WITH JOHN AUSTIN AND MIKE ECKSTROM. I SPOKE WITH MIKE FIRST AND HIS STATEMENT TO ME IS AS FOLLOWS.


HE SAID THAT TED KIMBLE WAS AT TRADERS CHEVROLET ON 16OCT95 AND WANTED TO LOOK AT A NEW CHEVROLET Z-28 CAMARO. HE SAID TED TOLD HIM HE WANTED A HIGH PERFORMANCE CAR AND WANTED TO TAKE A TEST DRIVE. HE SAID THAT TED TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS GOING TO PAY CASH FOR A NEW CAR. MIKE MADE ARRANGEMENTS AND THEY GOT INTO A NEW Z-28 AND AS THEY PULLED OUT OF THE DEALERSHIP PARKING LOT ONTO BESSMER THAT TED SAID TO HIM. I'M LOOKING FOR A NEW HIGH PERFORMANCE CAR, MY WIFE DIED IN A FIRE, SHE WAS MURDERED. MIKE TOLD HIM HE WAS SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT IT AND TED ASKED HIM IF HE HADN'T READ ABOUT IT IN THE PAPER AND MIKE SAID HE HADN'T HEARD ABOUT IT AND QUICKLY CHANGED THE SUBJECT TO THE CAR AND THAT TED SHOULD OBEY THE TRAFFIC LAWS WHILE DRIVING THEIR CAR. MIKE SAID HE WANTED TO GET AWAY FROM ANY CONVERSATION ABOUT TEDS WIFE THAT IT WAS VERY ODD THAT ANYONE WOULD SAY ANYTHING TO HIM THIS WAY AND HE THOUGHT IT WAS STRANGE THE WAY TED BROUGHT THE SUBJECT UP AND THE WAY HE WAS ACTING ABOUT IT. MI' SAID TED HAD ALSO TOLD HIM THAT HE WOULD BE COMMING INTO A LOT OF MONEY AND THAT WAS HOW HE WOULD BE PAYING FOR THE NEW CAR. MIKE RELATED THAT HE REMEMBERED THINKING THAT THIS GUY KILLED HIS WIFE AND ASSUMED THAT HE WOULD BE GETTING INSURANCE MONEY AND WAS GOING TO BUY A NEW CAR WITH THE MONEY.


THEY FINISHED THE TEST DRIVE AND DROVE BACK TO THE DEALERSHIP AND MIKE-ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT HE WANTED IN THE CAR AND TOLD HIM WHAT WAS OFFERED IN THE Z-28 AND HOW HE COULD GET WHAT HE WANTED. TED TOLD HIM THAT HE WOULD BE TRADING IN HIS WIFES OLD CAR THAT IT HAD A LOT OF MILES ON IT AND THAT THEY HAD MADE SEVERAL TRIPS TO FLORIDA IN IT AND WOULD JUST GET WHAT HE COULD GET OUT OF IT AND WOULD PAY THE BALANCE IN CASH. MIKE SAID HE STAYED AWAY FROM ANY MONEY QUESTIONS BECAUSE AS A RULE HE TALKED ABOUT MONEY, PAYMENTS, ETC. AFTER HE WAS PRETTY SURE A DEAL WAS GOING TO BE MADE. MIKE SAID HE CAME ON TO HIM LIKE A SERIOUS CAR SHOPPER, NOT A TIRE KICKER


MIKE SAID THAT ABOUT TWO WEEKS LATER AT THE CAR SHOW AT THE COLISUEM THAT HE SAW TED LOOKING A THE NEW CARS THERE, BUT THAT HE NEVER SPOKE TO HIM. HE SAID THERE WAS TWO GUYS WITH TED THAT WERE ABOUT THE SAME AGE AS TED.


WHEN THE TEST DRIVE WAS OVER HE LET JOHN AUSTIN, THE NEW CAR MANAGER TALK TO TED WHICH IS A STANDARD THING SALES REPRESENTATIVES DO WHEN A PERSON IS A PRESPECTATIVE BUYER.

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