Phelps: We have some questions, ma'am, if you're up to it.
Barbara: Yes, Detective. I'll do my best.
Phelps: Do you have any idea who might have wanted to hurt Mrs. Maldonado?
Barbara: That rat of her husband, Angel. She was serving him divorce papers.
Galloway: If I killed every wife that served me papers, I'd be a mass murdered.
Barbara: Are you being flippant, young man?
Galloway: No, ma'am.
Phelps: What can you tell us about Angel Maldonado?
Barbara: She married him when she was 17. He was cruel to her. Very cruel. She was a good girl. A little on the religious side, but a good girl.
Phelps: What time did Antonia go out yesterday?
Barbara: She left around nine.
Phelps: Do you know where she went?
Barbara: No, I have no idea. She was a good girl, but she didn't confide in me.
Phelps: A nosy old hag like you knows everything about the people who live under her roof. Where did she go?
Barbara: I think she went to a bar. She had been drinking quite a lot lately.
Phelps: This bar have a name?
Barbara: El Dorado Bar. It is a Latino place on North Los Angeles Street.
Galloway: That's only a couple blocks from where we found the body.
Phelps: You've had a break in?
Barbara: No. That can't be true.
Phelps: You are being economical with the truth, Mrs. Lapenti. What do you have to hide?
Barbara: I have no idea what you are talking about.
Phelps: So Antonia lost her keys and used an iron bar to jimmy the back window?
Barbara: I heard a noise in the early hours of the morning. I thought it might be a raccoon at the milk bottles. It would be very bad for business if this news got out. I have a reputation to protect.
Phelps: Antonia and her husband were estranged?
Barbara: Yes. She moved here after she separated from her husband two months ago.
Phelps: But Antonia still wore a wedding ring?
Barbara: She wore the wedding ring and a necklace. She always wore a religious necklace. That's about all of her jewelry.
Phelps: What about her bracelet?
Barbara: I don't know anything about a bracelet.
Phelps: In her wedding photo she's displaying a charm bracelet.
Barbara: That thing? She never wore it. He gave it to her. She always kept it in a wooden jewelry box.
Phelps: Thanks, ma'am. You have been very helpful.
Barbara: Pay a call to that husband of hers. Lock him up and throw away the key.
Galloway: We can either front Angel, seeing as finger is pointing right at him, or we can check out the El Dorado Bar.
Phelps: You know the way, you can drive.
Galloway: Fine, where are we headed. A nosey old hag? Ha!