Murder 101: Homicide and Its Investigation

By Robert L. Snow | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 5
Interview and Interrogation

Hawaiian police officers weren't overly concerned and didn't think it much out of the ordinary when, on May 8, 2002, they found a black 2001 Honda Civic abandoned in a ditch in the Ka'u district on the island of Hawaii. It appeared to them that the car had simply gotten stuck in the ditch, and they believed the owner would probably soon come back for it. They could find no signs it had been stolen, and, though they attempted to locate the car's owner, twenty-year-old Cassidy Matthew Toole, they couldn't find him.

Eventually, however, when his mother reported him missing, the police put Toole on their missing persons list. However, Toole's mother, concerned because she knew of no legitimate reason why her son should be missing, put up a reward for information about him. Soon after this, apparently suffering from an attack of conscience, twenty-year-old Kyle Hill contacted Mrs. Toole and told her that her son and a friend of his, nineteen-year-old Wesley Alan Matheson, had been murdered. He implicated himself and his friend, nineteen-year-old John McGovern, in the murders.

Officers brought McGovern to the police station and interrogated him about his involvement in the disappearance of Toole and Matheson. On a videotape the police made of this interrogation, McGovern denied any knowledge of, or involvement in, the disappearances of Toole and Matheson.

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