Diane Zamora, one half of the infamous "Cadet Killers", sat for her first interview in prison, which aired on Dateline last night. Among other things, she agreed to take a lie detector test. It's fascinating reading whether you think she's lying through her teeth or might possibly be telling the truth about some things. Stone Phillips has his own thoughts on the subject as well. I see in my archives that David Graham did an interview with the Associated Press in 2002, but I can't find a remnant of that story on the Chron site. Too bad, it would have been interesting to compare.
One curiosity: From the Dateline transcript, the police officer who arrested Zamora and Graham says the following about them.
Sgt. Allan Patton believes Graham and Zamora are both guilty of murder, with one crucial distinction:
Phillips: You believe she has a conscience.
Sgt. Patton: Yes, sir. I do.
Phillips: And David Graham?
Sgt. Patton: A cold-hearted killer.
Phillips: Had Diane Zamora not spoken about this crime, this murder, to those fellow midshipmen--
Sgt. Patton: It would still be unsolved.
Sgt. Alan Patton of the Grand Prairie Police Department, who took Ms. Zamora's confession, also appeared on the program.
"They were trying to get me to agree that it could have happened another way than I know it happened," Sgt. Patton said. "I stood by my guns."
He said he was interviewed for 2 1/2 hours before the television crew went to the Mountain View women's prison unit in Gatesville, Texas, to interview Ms. Zamora the next day. That was in late November or early December 2006.
Producers told Sgt. Patton that Ms. Zamora's polygraph indicated that she tried to manipulate the results.
He said he wouldn't be surprised if someone without a conscience was able to suppress the signs of stress normally brought on by lying, which is what a polygraph relies on to detect deception, especially 11 years after the fact.
"She is someone with no conscience. She thinks she did nothing wrong," Sgt. Patton said.
Finally, the mother of murder victim Adrianne Jones reacts to Dateline:
Linda Jones said: "My whole family is not happy about this. We're very disappointed by the whole thing.
"I'm angry. I feel like (Dateline) has nothing better to do than to do a story about a whiner. (Zamora) was tried, and she went to prison. She went through the appeals process several times, and she had the opportunity to prove her case differently and all of her appeals were denied.
"I don't believe she should be interviewed where she can say she's innocent when the case is settled," Jones said, adding that Dateline didn't contact her or her family for comment.