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This week: Tom Waits and his knowledge of an alleged arson near San Fernando Road in Los Angeles.
Q. Mr. Waits, you've already testified today about knowing Frank Leroux, having worked with him as an insurance agent. Now, turning to the events on April 18, or turning rather to Frank Leroux, what do you recall on April 18 and Mr. Leroux's activities? A. Frank settled down in the Valley and he hung his wild years on a nail that he drove through his wife's forehead Q. Um, uh. Just a second, Mr. Waits. I'm talking about Frank Leroux and the events surrounding a fire on April 18. What do you remember about Frank Leroux? A. He sold used office furniture out there on San Fernando Road and -- Q. And from what you recall where did he live at that time? A. --- assumed a 30,000 dollar loan at fifteen and a quarter percent put a down payment on a little two bedroom place. Q. This little two bedroom place, I think you referred to it as the house in which he, that is, Frank Leroux, lived. With whom did Mr. Leroux live at this house, the two bedroom place? A. His wife -- Q. What did you know about Frank's wife? A. Was a spent piece of used jet trash... made good Bloody Mary's. Q. Anything else? A. Kept her mouth shut most of the time. Q. Do you remember anything else about Frank, about, about Mr. Leroux's wife? A. Had a little Chihuahua named Carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind. Q. Other than that, the blind Chihuahua with the skin disease, the Bloody Mary's, what did you observe between his, between Mr. Leroux and his wife? A. They had a thoroughly modern kitchen. Q. A kitchen? A. Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit. Q. Anything else? A. Frank drove a little sedan. Q. Right, we've explored that. How would you describe -- actually, what did you think about their relationship, Mr. Leroux and his wife? A. They were so happy. Q. But that apparently changed. MR. JAMES: Eric, I'll object. Wait, just forget it. MR. O'BRIEN: Mr. Waits, what do you recall of the events of April 18, near San Fernando Road in Los Angeles? A. One night Frank was on his way home from work. He stopped at the liquor store . . . Picked up a couple of Mickey's Big Mouths. Drank 'em in the car, and with a Shell station he got a gallon of gas in a can, drove home, doused everything in the house, torched it. Q. Do you remember what he did then? A. Parked across the street laughing, watching it burn. Q. Hold on. Mr. Waits, did you see the fire? A. All Halloween orange and chimney red. Q. And the fire-- strike that. What do recall Frank Leroux doing after he parked across the street and laughed? A. Then Frank put on a top forty station, got on the Hollywood freeway and headed North. Q. Did he say anything to you? A. Never could stand that dog.