PERSONALITY EXCERPT’S FROM

SECURITY BREACH: THE MURDER OF TOD MCQUAID

 

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 Roger Cline:              

Police Explained Events to Parents of Tod McQuaid:

"Corporal Greene went to his file cabinet and took out a folder. He sat down in his chair, thumbing through the papers, setting certain ones aside. "Like I told you on the phone, Mr. McQuaid, we had a confession from a young man saying he shot Tod on October 6," "Greene said. His name is Roger Cline. Tammy hired him as a handyman for TEMAC. Roger lived in Alderson with his uncle, who happens to be married to Tammy's mother."

 

"Corporal Greene began to read Roger Cline's second statement slowly and carefully, unlike his quick reading of the first statement. All of us sat listening, frozen with horror and disbelief."

"I shot Tod, and Harry Joe Johnson and me put the body in the Bronco. I drove to Ohio, where I dumped Tod in a secluded ravine. I poured acid on the body so it could never be identified. Tammy Wilson never wanted it found. Harry Joe cleaned up the room and got rid of the evidence. Tammy told us we would all go to our graves with this secret because it was the perfect crime. My mother lived close to where I dumped the body, and I spent the weekend with her before returning to Lewisburg."

Roger Cline’s Mother Testified In Court Trial of Tammy Wilson:

"The next witness Rick Lorensen called to the stand was Roger Cline’s mother. She testified that, on October 6th, Roger had driven a company car – “I can’t tell you if it was a dark blue Blazer or what” – to her home and showed it to her. He pointed out the telephone inside it and the guard’s scheduling chart, very proud of himself and not at all nervous. "There was a carpet lying in the back, all rolled up and I asked Roger, 'What is that carpet doing back there?' and he said, 'It's just an old carpet I have got to get rid of.'"

Jan reflected on Roger Cline’s mother's Testimony:

"Reading her testimony boggled my mind. What kind of monster was this Roger Cline? Why did he drive to his mother’s house with Tod’s body rolled up in a carpet, and then have her look into the Bronco with the body in the back? It sounded like something from a horror movie. The more I knew about this case and the three murderers, the less I thought of the whole human race."

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Harry Joe Johnson

Greene continued:

"He told the officers Tammy Wilson gave Tod alcohol and put a drug in a drink to knock him out cold, and the shooting took place at Ms. Wilson's residence. Near as we can figure, Roger shot your son, Harry Joe was the 'cleanup man,' and Tammy Wilson did the planning. Based on that, we arrested Tammy and Harry Joe."

Jan lamented:

Just the fact that we would be facing him for the first time made me shudder whenever I thought about it. Not knowing what he looked like, I could only use my imagination. One of the guards described him as resembling Tod. We were told Harry Joe had worn Tod's clothing and hats for a week as he drove around in one of the Broncos impersonating Tod. Therefore, I expected him to be 5'11," slender, with broad shoulders, dark brown hair, and a mustache.

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Tammy Wilson

Greene shook his head sadly. "Mr. McQuaid, here's how it looks to us. Tammy Wilson wanted to take over your son's business, and the only way she could do that was to get Tod out of the picture. The pieces started to fall into place when Roger Cline confessed to shooting Tod on October 6, and never mentioned anyone else being involved. But, Harry Joe Johnson phoned us on October 15. He said Tod had called the TEMAC office from Meadow Bridge saying he was shot. Tammy Wilson told the officers that Tod had called the office every day except the last two. None of that agreed with Roger Cline's confession.”

On Trial:

That fact that Tammy could tell this terrible lie and get away with it infuriated me. The words, "It will be your son who is on trial," kept haunting me. Even after I finally got to sleep that night, I woke often, that terrible phrase rattling in my ears.

After Trial:

I continued having recurring violent dreams at night and would awaken in a cold sweat, my heart beating like a metronome. ... As I watched the stars, I would whisper, "Are you up there, Tod? Are you watching over us? I hope you know how much I love you and miss you." Many nights I would sit at the door long enough to watch the stars disappear and the sun rise.

 

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