If you live to be 100 and half as many people have half as many nice things to say about you as the people who lived alongside Marvin for his short 17 free years, you could be proud of your legacy. His supporters are remarkably confident in his nature, and adamant that he could have never committed such a senseless act of violence. And if Marvin’s interrogation is a window into his character, it is easy to see why he suffers from an abundance of supporters.
Marvin, unlike the other accused, was not intoxicated the night of October 12, 1997, and was not intoxicated at the time of his interview. His state of mind was likely clearer, and it would have been much harder to cast doubt into his mind about his movements that night. Clearly, he had advantages that the others did not, and in many ways the differences between the interrogations help us to understand the difference between confronting this type of pressure in a weakened state versus a strong state.
Marvin’s interrogation transcripts tell his story perfectly and need little introduction, except to say that much like in Eugene’s interrogation, the police were relentless. They lied. They tried every angle. Many, perhaps most, men falter when they are tested to such a degree. Marvin did not.
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain