in the guest room. It was a book on Lincoln. I was on
the third floor and that was downstairs. I was in the
guest room for about 5 or 10 minutes and I brought
the book back to my room. After another 5 or 10
minutes I went down to Dad's room to watch television
with Ken and then I went back to to
Tommy tells Dr. Lesse, on one hand, he has no recollection of what was said between himself and Martha Moxley at the side of the house, but on the other hand, recites 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.
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 evidently trying to downplay any possibility he was attracted to Martha or had a sexual encounter with her. Dr. Lesse reports: While [Tommy] states that he is not shy and he got along well with girls, he denied intimate sexual activities and denied having sexual intercourse. He also denied any masturbatory activities.
Tommy also alludes to deceptions he made while being interviewed by the police: "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.
In Dr. Lesse's professional opinion, Tommy was being truthful: I was particularly observant with regard to his reactions to my questions and to his overall demeanor during the repeated questioning. The patient responded promptly to all questions. He did not appear to take questions lightly on the one hand, nor did he appear to be extremely apprehensive on the other hand. He was questioned intensively as to who he felt may have committed the crime. He had no specific comments with regard to specific individuals. The patient did mention that there had been some kind of prowler in the area some time prior to October 30th.
Dr. Lesses's examination may have been tainted by a sympathetic disposition towards the patient which inhibited his ability to notice obvious inconsistencies--such as the way Tommy could not recall his conversation with Martha but could fully recall the fictional details of his subsequent