and an attractive fifteen year old girl, but can recite
in specifically contrived detail, right down to the log
cabins, exactly what he was doing after she
left--carefully accounting for all his time in 5 minute
blocks. Is that slightly curious? Not to even mention,
of course, that every bit of Tommy's elaborate
recollection is a 100% calculated lie.
At this point, I think it should be suggested that if Tommy is making such a heavy-handed attempt at accounting for his actions at this point, he likely knows that this time-frame is when something unsavory occurred--something more unsavory than a little teenage roll in the grass. In short, I ask you to consider that, perhaps, Tommy is giving us the exact time of death for Martha Moxley.
But back to the issue at hand: Tommy's interview with Dr. Lesse. Unfortunately, it gets better.
Tommy is also purposefully deceitful about his general feelings and attitudes towards Martha: "I never knew her. She was a good friend of Michael's. I met her two or three times before that."
He was asked, "Was she a sexy girl?" "She did not appear to be a very sexy girl to me."
"Was she pretty?" "She was kind of pretty. She was quiet in her own way."
Tommy is clearly trying to downplay any possibility he was attracted to Martha or had a sexual encounter with her. Obviously, this point alone does not make him a murderer. For as much as we know, he was still merely trying to conceal his sexual encounter with her out of some irrational guilt or fear. Maybe that was the only reason he constructed his elaborate lie about studying?
For those of us prepared to give Tommy this benefit of the doubt, a case can be made. In his upcoming interview, Tommy may try and adopt that defensive stance. Look, I just didn't want people to know that we fooled around...that was it...really.
However, before anyone can accept that rationale, let's examine the full depth of Tommy's deception on this issue. From Dr. Lesse again:
"What sort of questions were you asked at the police station?" "They questioned me about a lot of things. They questioned me about whether I had any sexual feelings or sexual desires or any sexual activity with Martha or whether I approached her sexually. I didn't like that because that's not like me and my family. They questioned me in pretty hard terms, terms we don't commonly use. They questioned me many times with regard to the details of what had taken place and what I had done.
(Off the beaten path: Is it me or do some of these quotes seem a little too studied and prim to have been said verbatim by Tommy? Did Lesse tape these interviews, and if so, can we have the tapes? In short, I'm just not buying it all--but more on that later.)