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Episode 77: Richard Kirk Police Interview

On the evening of April 14, 2014, Richard Kirk, 48, purchased and consumed an unknown amount of “Karma Kandy Orange Ginger” (marijuana-infused candy), began to hallucinate, became delusional, then turned violent. His wife Kristine called 911 and pleaded for help, telling the operator that her husband was ranting about the end of the world and asking her to kill him. Kirk shot his wife Kristine in the head at their home in Denver. When police arrived at the house, the Kirks’ two oldest two sons ran to the patrol car for help. The youngest, then 7 years old, was found in a bedroom near where his mother was lying dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Later that night, Kirk was interviewed by Denver police homicide detective Troy Bisgard, and still appeared to be out of touch with reality. The first thing he says to Bisgard is, “Are you LDS?”. Bisgard says he is not.

Kirk: You married?
Bisgard: I’m not.
Kirk: You have a mom though?
Bisgard: I do.
Kirk: You know her well?
Bisgard: I do.
Kirk: That’s what I’m trying to help everyone find.
Bisgard: Their mom?
Kirk: And the ones they love.

During the attempt at an interview, which lasts around 20 minutes, Kirk is alternately laid-back and confused. He asks Bisgard a lot of questions about his life and beliefs. Sometimes he makes existential declarations. He seems anxious and paranoid about the camera filming the interview, asking Bisgard, ““Who else is interested in the truth? You or me?” He asks investigators if he can call his wife and three sons to let them know the “blood moon” is causing his erratic behavior. He doesn’t seem to recall shooting his wife in the head.

After reading Kirk his Miranda rights, Bisgard asks, “Do you understand each of these rights that I’ve read to you?” Kirk replies, “I was kind of spaced out. Do you want to go over them again?” Bisgard does so, then he asks Kirk again if he understands. “Not exactly,” he replies.

Kirk unsuccessfully pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Listen to the episode here.