The following are excerpts from an interview conducted
Owens on June 2, 1997. Owens was subsequently released. Ms.
roommate, Lee Maria Perez, has declined to file charges
Armstrong: For the record, please state your full name,
birth date, and
Owens: Matthew Edward Owens, July 17, 1967. I live at 102
A: Is it true that you claim to be the person who was
stalking Ariadne Knight?
A: Why did you come forward?
O: Like the letter said. I'm not involved now.
A: Do you have any evidence to support these claims?
O: I guess not. But it wasn't my intent to get rough.
A: What was your intent?
O: I just. I don't know. I needed somewhere to vent. I was
O: I don't really know. Val's murder. So many things. I felt
since then nothing has gone right. And then I heard that
*she* was here
--I felt, I don't know, like it just seemed so unfair. That
she should be
taking Val's place, even though she was the criminal.
A: But you know the facts of the case. Vilson's death had
nothing to do
with Ms. Knight.
O: On the surface. I don't know. I believe there's no such
thing as a
coincidence. I knew no good could come of Val's knowing
here. Like a
curse. I felt there was a curse hanging over us all. And I
give the curse back, or something. It just didn't seem
A: How do you know Ms. Knight?
O: Not at all. In person. But it was easy enough what with
publicity. You'd think she was a movie star or something. A
Instead of what she is. I followed her home a couple of
number is listed. I got her e-mail address from your site.
You made it
easy. It was all pretty easy. But nothing serious.
A: It appears to have been serious to her.
O: Well, if you're already feeling guilty, then everything
A: Do you feel guilty? Is that why you're here?
O: No. What I did was justice. I'm here because I want to
get clear of
what's happening now. My name is clean.
A: You're a student here?
O: I was.
A: You've graduated?
O: Yes. Just now.
A: What are your plans?
O: That depends. Are you going to arrest me?