>>I wonder if that was taken down,word for word,or did the representative compose a statement of interview some time after,from notes taken.<<
Probably neither, the statement reads like, just that, a statement.
It has no natural flow or personal, Paul idioms, whatever they may have been.
Seems most likely to me, Robert Paul told the reporter his story, the reporter wrote it out as a statement covering the main points Paul made and said is that a correct account?
Much like the police did.
"Whenever an expert says something that bolsters the Lechmere theory, it is not my task to disprove him ..."