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Michael Rafferty was first interviewed by two police officers on May 15, 2009 after his name cropped up as an associate of Terri-Lynne McClintic. The 29-minute interview was done at his mother's home in Woodstock. Rafferty was arrested and charged with Tori Stafford's murder four days later on May 19.

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TRANSCRIPT OF RECORDED INTERVIEWRMS#: Audio Recorded Interview: Video Recorded Interview: Name: Residence: Date of Birth: Telephone: Residence: Business: Cell: Date of Interview: Location of Interview: Interviewed By: D/Cst. Gord JOHNSON D/Cst. Colin DARMON Time Interview Commenced: Time Interview Concluded: Others Present: 19:04 hours 19:33 hours 15May09 Michael RAFFERTY RM09043058

Transcribed By:

Christine Freeman Copy-Write Transcribing Service

Proofed By:

D/Cst. Gord JOHNSON 09Jul09

(u/i) unintelligible (ph) phonetic spelling **Disclaimer**The following transcript has been prepared for the convenience of the reader. Please refer to the original format in which the statement was obtained for accuracy.

OFFICER: SUBJECT: MOTHER:

D/Cst. Gord JOHNSON = JOHNSON Michael RAFFERTY = RAFFERTY Debbie MURPHY = MURPHY its the fifteenth (15th) uh of May, two thousand nine (2009) I have a time of seven (7) O (0) four (4) P.M. my names Gord JOHNSON Im a Detective Constable with the O.P.P. also present is my partner Colin DARMON of the O.P.P. and were talking to Michael RAFFERTY Mike can I get the spelling of your first and last name please

JOHNSON:

RAFFERTY:

MICHAELRAFFERTY

JOHNSON:

okay and ah just for the record uh this is being audiotaped and Ive already received your personal information um before the recorder was turned on is that correct

RAFFERTY:

yes

JOHNSON:

and can I just get your age

RAFFERTY:

Im twenty-eight (28)

JOHNSON:

okay um the reason why youre here today is that uh were investigating the abduction of ah a girl by the name of Victoria she goes by Tori STAFFORD

RAFFERTY:

um hmm

Interview of Michael RAFFERTY 15May09 Page 2 of 44The following transcript has been prepared for the convenience of the reader. Please refer to the original format in which the statement was obtained for accuracy.

JOHNSON:

back on the eighth (8th) of April two thousand nine (2009) and as part of our investigation weve bin interviewing all kinds of people and ah your name has has come up just as a person to contact now do you know anything about the case at all have you heard anything or

RAFFERTY:

um just the stuff that you hear like on the news and stuff I mean you kinda keep your ears peeled to what everybodys saying too because you uh know you wanna help but

JOHNSON:

right

RAFFERTY:

um there was a girl who I was sort of seeing um well who I met who ah who was like telling me like stuff that she was hearing and stuff like that if any of its true I dont know but

JOHNSON:

okay

RAFFERTY:

thats about it (laugh)

JOHNSON:

can you tell me about this girl who

RAFFERTY:

I dont know her last name her first name was Amanda um she was apparently friends with her daughter was friends with um the girl who went missing

JOHNSON:

okay so Amanda how do you know Amanda

RAFFERTY:

I we went on a couple dates thats about itInterview of Michael RAFFERTY 15May09 Page 3 of 44

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JOHNSON:

okay so Amandas daughter

RAFFERTY:

Amandas daughter is best friends with or was friends with this girl who went missing so

JOHNSON:

okay and you dont know Amandas last name at all

RAFFERTY:

no

JOHNSON:

do you know the daughters name

RAFFERTY:

no

JOHNSON:

so youve met went out with Amanda a couple times

RAFFERTY:

a couple times yeah

JOHNSON:

where does Amanda live then

RAFFERTY:

ah here in town she lives um (pause) ah it starts with a B its the second last street out of town just before the train tracks by the Tim Hortons um if youre going down Dundas that way um its the second last street out of before you get out of town um Baxber Bexter or Baxter or something along those lines

JOHNSON:

yeah were not from around here

RAFFERTY:

okay itsInterview of Michael RAFFERTY 15May09 Page 4 of 44

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JOHNSON:

were from out of the area as well

RAFFERTY:

something along those lines its its like um its the second last street out of town so

JOHNSON:

okay thats fine and when ah were you dating Amanda

RAFFERTY:

um we were talking before all this craziness stuff went happening and stuff like that and then we Id say like three (3) times we met hung out that was about it

JOHNSON:

when was so when was that that you met up with her and hung out with her

RAFFERTY:

um well we were talking maybe a month and a half I think before all that happened before

JOHNSON:

before the girl went missing

RAFFERTY:

yeah and then um once the girl went missing she started spending a lot of time um with the family there and we started not spending so much time with each other and then we just stopped talking

JOHNSON:

Amanda started spending time with the family whose family

RAFFERTY:

with the girl who went missing with her family

Interview of Michael RAFFERTY 15May09 Page 5 of 44The following transcript has been prepared for the convenience of the reader. Please refer to the original format in which the statement was obtained for accuracy.

JOHNSON:

oh okay

RAFFERTY:

I cant remember the moms name but she

JOHNSON:

Tara MCDONALD

RAFFERTY:

yeah

JOHNSON:

have you met Tara MCDONALD

RAFFERTY:

no I dont know who she is

JOHNSON:

okay does Amanda just ah you know um for my own sake you know to know her to find out who she is does she work somewhere

RAFFERTY:

does Amanda work somewhere

JOHNSON:

yeah

RAFFERTY:

not that I know of but she works somewhere I dont know where I dont really know anything about her

JOHNSON:

oh really

RAFFERTY:

like I just I mean we didnt really get too close

JOHNSON:

okay

Interview of Michael RAFFERTY 15May09 Page 6 of 44The following transcript has been prepared for the convenience of the reader. Please refer to the original format in which the statement was obtained for accuracy.

RAFFERTY:

like we we fooled around and stuff but that was it

JOHNSON:

right so whens the last time you would have uh spoke to Amanda or saw her

RAFFERTY:

um Id say like a week and a half two (2) weeks um after that girl went missing she said that um like she was going through a lot of problems apparently or something and so I just we just kinda cut it off sorta about that time

JOHNSON:

so how long ago was

RAFFERTY:

about two (2) weeks

JOHNSON:

two (2) weeks ago

RAFFERTY:

a week and a half two (2) weeks no a week and a half two (2) weeks after after the girl went missing

JOHNSON:

okay and um what did Amanda tell you about the case then you said she kinda spoke about it

RAFFERTY:

well she just told me like uh she her daughter was friends with the little girl um that the mom um was into a lot of stuff and

JOHNSON:

like what

RAFFERTY:

like drugs and stuff like that and I dont know just and just the stuff that I mean you hear on the news but its different whenInterview of Michael RAFFERTY 15May09 Page 7 of 44

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you hear it from somebody whos like friends with them or who knows them or something like that so you just kinda I mean I dont know what to you dont know how to react to it but on the other hand you just its too much drama so you just kinda cut it out

JOHNSON:

yeah um did she say what kind of drugs theyre into

RAFFERTY:

no

JOHNSON:

no

RAFFERTY:

no um I know like the word on the street is a lot different though like the words the words that kinda you know people say like I hear that girls always at Goodtime Charlies and

JOHNSON:

what girl

RAFFERTY:

the mom um Tara that shes like at Goodtime Charlies and that place is like a crack bar apparently like everybody who does drugs in the town hangs out there so um just (laugh) I dont know how to react to it like I dont its not my business but on the other hand its too much drama when you hear somebody like gossiping and talking behind other peoples backs

JOHNSON:

um so have you bin in town that long

RAFFERTY:

no like have I what do you mean

Interview of Michael RAFFERTY 15May09 Page 8 of 44The following transcript has been prepared for the convenience of the reader. Please refer to the original format in which the statement was obtained for accuracy.

JOHNSON:

live in town here

RAFFERTY:

have I lived in town long

JOHNSON:

yeah

RAFFERTY:

no

JOHNSON:

okay how long then

RAFFERTY:

few months

JOHNSON:

just for the record

RAFFERTY:

oh a few months

JOHNSON:

just a few months so when did you arrive in Woodstock

RAFF