LIVINGSTON — TINSLEY: Well, just on a personal note, that's got to be rough on you, right?
COBB: Yeah, you know.
TINSLEY: I mean, is there some frustration there?
COBB: Yeah. There's plenty of frustration because there's so much you want to experience that you know you won't: Looking back you know I never really had a life and whenever I thought I did, that got taken way from me. There was a lot (unintelligible) but at the same time it will be somewhat of a relief because I wont be imprisoned anymore. No more captivity. Oppression. Oppressive atmosphere of a death row person.
TINSLEY: You're on 23-hour lockdown, right?
COBB: Yeah, yeah.
TINSLEY: Real tight cell and not a lot of reading matter?
COBB: Yeah, time to time, depending on the level of custody you know.
TINSLEY: I mean, what do you have in your room now? A Bible?
COBB: Little meager writing supplies and a radio.
TINSLEY: It get good reception?
COBB: Yeah. AM. FM.
TINSLEY: So you listen to a lot of oldies probably.
COBB: No, I listen to whatever is on around this area
TINSLEY: Do you read a lot of clips? Newspaper stuff?
COBB: You mean about myself?
TINSLEY: Or anything really.
COBB: I read whatever I can get my hands on.
TINSLEY: Is that a lot?
COBB: It varies, really. Whatever I can get, whatever publication I have, whatever people might send to me.
TINSLEY: Do you have a lot of people writing you?
COBB: Sort of. There has been a lot of mail since they gave me an execution date, but there's not been a lot on a regular basis.
TINSLEY: Do you write a lot of letters to anyone else?
COBB: Um, I'd say I write a fair amount of letters. Mail, you know. Gets rather tiring writing all the time.
TINSLEY: I can imagine.
TINSLEY: On your profile it says you were a laborer.
COBB: What profile is that?
TINSLEY: The one on TDC (website). “Laborer” is such a generic term. What were you doing specifically? What was your job?
COBB: Whatever. When I got arrested I was working for temporary service.
TINSLEY: Oh, you were a temp?
COBB: I went to different places doing like yard work. … No, not like going to factories, just places.
TINSLEY: Where were you from originally?
COBB: Well, I was from Jacksonville.
TINSLEY: Oh really?
TINSLEY: Did you go to Jacksonville High? Did you transfer or drop out?
COBB: Right before my sophomore year, I moved to Rusk.
TINSLEY: Not trying to get into the case but the guy you were convicted with, your co-defendant, or whatever you call him, was he your friend at some point?
COBB: I wouldn't say we were good friends but we were on an associate type level.
TINSLEY: Did you have any good friends?
COBB: Yeah, of course.
TINSLEY: Well, some people don't.
COBB: Probably average.