MEMO TO FILE
RE: RONNIE KIMBLE
DATE: JUNE 25, 1997
Dr. Wilmington came to
Greensboro and visited Ted and Ronnie in jail. He was accompanied by
his assistant Rick Buck and two gentlemen who had attended Liberty
University around the same time as Ronnie Kimble Sr. They were Jerry
Edwards and Roy (LNU).
We talked about an
hour and a half and I gave them an overview of the case.
acknowledged that local law enforcement officials had been in touch
with him and Dr. Falwell several times.
Recently Det. Church
called Dr. Wilmington and attempted to confirm whether or not Ronnie
Kimble Sr. actually was at Liberty University the weekend Patricia
Church told Dr.
Wilmington he checked the attendance list and Ronnie Kimble's name
was not on it. Dr. Wilmington gave Church the name of a person whose
house Ronnie Kimble Sr. stayed at and assured Detective Church
Ronnie Kimble Sr. was there. It is unclear why Church is
interested in the comings and goings of Ronnie Kimble Sr. although
Church flatly told Dr. Wilmington Ronnie Sr. is not a suspect in any
way, shape or form.
Dr. Wilmington indicated that he definitely recalled Mitch although he did not recall Mitch's last name. (It is Whidden). Mitch apparently came to Dr. Wilmington in January and said he was going to withdraw from school because of money problems and because of his deep concern of things that Ronnie Kimble had told him on a recent visit. Without explicitly saying so Dr. Wilmington made it clear that my assumptions about what Mitch Whidden told him were accurate. I suggested to Dr. Wilmington that Mitch told Dr. Wilmington that Ronnie and Kim had visited him and his wife and that while the wives were somewhere else Ronnie had related to Mitch that he had a dream in which he had murdered his brother's wife. I suggested to Dr. Wilmington that Mitch believes that this conversation constituted a confession
and an acknowledgement
of criminal responsibility and it deeply disturbed Mitch. Dr.
Wilmington said I had an amazing power of prophecy.
Dr. Wilmington was not
aware that there was a Crime Stoppers reward outstanding and at that
point Ronnie Kimble Sr. told the group a total of $34,000 was
outstanding. Dr. Wilmington agreed that Mitch Whidden was clearly
broke and in real need of funds. Dr. Wilmington said it had not
occurred to him previously that Mitch might have been motivated by
the reward. Dr. Wilmington agreed with me that it was very
suspicious that Mitch presented himself in Camp LeJeune later asking
questions about Patricia's death.
Dr. Wilmington assured
me Liberty University had nothing to do with reporting what Mitch
had to say to Dr. Wilmington to authorities. That if and when the
authorities became involved with Mitch it was not through the
university in any way.
While Dr. Wilmington
was using the bathroom, Rick Buck indicated to me that he had
already talked to Mitch Whidden and Mitch said to him "I've got a
friend in trouble and I have to help him."
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