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He said he told McGraw he had two girls" and that McGraw could use either one to establish his alibi. One was Bill's girlfriend Roseanne and the other was Pam, who lived with the couple. Bill suggested that Pam might be best for the alibi, and he asked McGraw to explain the story to her.
According to Lewis' report, Pam then got on the telephone with McGraw and listened as he outlined a cover story: They had been together for a year and a half, and they were together on August 9, the eve of the temple slayings, from about 8:30 p.m. until around 11:30 p.m. McGraw told her the evening was especially memorable because they had argued about getting married-Pam wanted to, McGraw was resisting.
At about 9:20 the morning after McGraw's conversation with Pam, Lewis paid Bill $20 for gas and food." At about 1 p.m., McGraw called again and talked to Pam. He told her he had written her a letter and, apparently in an effort to iron out any potential problems with the alibi, asked her where she was on the night of the murders. Then, according to sheriff's reports on the taped conversation, he repeated the alibi.
Because you remember that day when you left Phoenix and went down to Tucson," McGraw said. And you said you were going to meet me at work, and I said, no, and you said, yes, and hung up and you went down to my work, okay, and then I got off at eight o'clock. We talked for a few minutes and I just told you to follow me because I had to drop my other friend off and I dropped him off and then me and you went out and we started talking, then we got into an argument about 8:30 or nine o'clock-no, a little later than that, I think. I don't know, I'll have to figure it out, but you remember we got into an argument, right?"
McGraw also asked Pam to visit him-a problem since she herself had recently spent some time in what she calls the Madison Street hotel" and wasn't allowed jail-visitation privileges. He asked her if she was dating anyone else at the time of the murders, because investigators were going to nit-pick through everything." He told her he wasn't involved in the murders, but Dante Parker, another Tucson man arrested for the murders, was talking and had implicated him. Just before the time limit on the jail telephone ran out, McGraw talked about wanting to kill himself.
That evening, Roseanne visited McGraw at the Madison Street Jail. Detectives concealed a miniature recording device on her before she went up to see McGraw, but the wire malfunctioned and nothing was recorded. In a debriefing, however, Roseanne later told detectives that she and McGraw discussed an alibi.
The next morning, Sunday, October 6, McGraw again called Bill's house. Near the end of the conversation, according to sheriff's reports, McGraw told Bill the staff of telejournalist Geraldo Rivera had called, and that he told them he wasn't interested in doing an interview. (After his release from jail, McGraw said he had no intention of ever appearing on Geraldo's show. His show sucks, doesn't it?" he said.)
On Monday, Pam received a letter from McGraw, which outlined the alibi. On October 12, he received a letter from her, which reads in part:
This all seems so natural-talking with you on the phone, our correspondence-as if we've been doing these things a lot longer than we actually have. It's as though we've known each other in another lifetime, as though we've been lovers before. Your letters please me and your voice is comforting. You give me strength and it should be the other way aroundÏI have strong psychic abilities and I sense that we will be together again in this lifetime. ... If all goes well and our plans bear fruit, we shall have a rapport with such a strong foundation, all other couples will be envious.
Judging by McGraw's jailhouse diary, Pam was never far from his thoughts after he got the letter. Though Pam claims she had never met McGraw until November 22, the day he and the other Tucson suspects were released from jail, his diary, which he apparently started on October 8, the day after Pam received his first letter to her, contains hundreds of references to her.
A diary excerpt dated October 13 reads: Just got up, it's 8:30 p.m. and my neighbor is being a real asshole, he's banging on his toilet with his hands and it woke me up. I was dreaming about my girl, I miss Pam so very much. It's hard to think straight, that's how much I miss her. It hurts to hear her voice, then knowing I must hang up. But I feel so much at ease, I hope our plans work out, I would like to honestly start a good relationship, and now at least even marriage." But that's still down the road, hopefully, who knows."
McGraw's dreams of settling down apparently were only dreams. For the first few days after his release, McGraw later claimed, he lived with Pam, Bill and Roseanne. He cashed in a $19 bus ticket his sister had sent to bring him back to Tucson. He made several telephone calls from the house Pam, Bill and Roseanne shared andÏif his telephone banter can be believed-generally made himself at home. He borrowed a white Camaro and tooled around Phoenix for a day.