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Farmer John Reagle, arrested in possession of severed handMonday, July 14, 2014 - 7:00 a.m.

An intoxicated John Reagle was arrested on July 13, 2014, at Duffy's Bar & Grill after claiming to be in possession of a human hand and harassing other patrons with it.

After Mr. Reagle spent the night sobering up in a YCSD jail cell, Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed him early the next morning at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • John Reagle

Detective Murphy: Good morning, Mr. Reagle. Do you know why you're here?

John Reagle: Yes, ma'am, I think I do.

Detective Murphy: You've been advised of your rights. Do you understand them?

John Reagle: Yes, ma'am.

Detective Murphy: Good. Do you wish to have an attorney present during questioning?

John Reagle: No. I don't think I need one. I didn't do anything.

Detective Murphy: Fine. Let's get started. Would you state your full name and address for me please?

John Reagle: My name is John Reagle, and I live at 522 CR 418, Oxford. Can I have a drink of water please?

Detective Murphy: Sure. Last night, you were in possession of a human hand at Duffy's bar. Do you remember that?

John Reagle: A hand! Are you sure? I thought that was a root. How would a hand get on my farm?

Detective Murphy: That's what we would like to know.

Detective Armstrong: Didn't it seem rather odd to you that it had a bad smell?

John Reagle: Not really. I've come across some really smelly roots since I've been farming, especially when I'm cultivating. I try to get that done before the heat of the day, in the morning. It never dawned on me it would be a hand. I was drinking all day. What can I say?

Detective Murphy: Do you always drink while you're working?

Detective Armstrong: That's a pretty bad habit, considering the machines you use.

John Reagle: No, I don't always drink while I work. Look, I saw it after I finished cultivating the crop because of its odd shape. I dug it out and put it in a plastic container, you know, for the effect. I thought it would be funny to take it to Duffy's. You know, a practical joke.

Detective Murphy: So you found this so-called root the same day you brought it to Duffy's?

John Reagle: Yeah.

Detective Armstrong: You never saw it before then?

John Reagle: No.

Detective Murphy: We have several witnesses who said you told them it was your ex-girlfriend's hand. Is it her hand?

John Reagle: No way! Not that I know of, anyway.

Detective Armstrong: Then why would you say that?

John Reagle: I don't know. It made the joke funnier, I guess.

Detective Murphy: Where is your ex-girlfriend now?

John Reagle: How do I know? She left me like a month ago — with both of her hands! And she left town. She left in a hurry and didn't tell me anything. I think she was cheating on me, but I didn't do anything to her. I swear.

Detective Armstrong: So you just thought that would be funny? Telling everyone it was your ex's hand?

John Reagle: Yeah.

Detective Murphy: What is her name, your ex-girlfriend?

John Reagle: Lisa Holman. She used to work at the beauty salon. I can't remember the name. It's on University Avenue.

Detective Murphy: So this root was just sitting there in your field for the taking?

John Reagle: No. I had to dig it out, like I said.

Detective Armstrong: What did you use to dig it out with?

John Reagle: I used a post hole digger. It was the first thing handy at the time.

Detective Murphy: Do you still have it?

John Reagle: Yes, of course. Tools don't come cheap these days,

Detective Armstrong: Since this is just all a big mix up, I guess you wouldn't mind showing us exactly where you found your big joke?

John Reagle: No, I can show you exactly where I found it. I know my property like, well, the back of my hand.

Detective Murphy: OK then, we'll make arrangements. You know this is no guarantee you will be released, but we'll put in a good word for you at the arraignment.

John Reagle: Look, I didn't do anything wrong here!

Detective Armstrong: We're going to have to let the judge decide that.

End interview - 7:23 a.m.

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Funny! Under participants it lists Bart Daniels.
I had enough of him from the previous case (head in bucket).

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LaurieG -
You're right! What's up with the ghost of Bart!

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Bart Daniels' spectre has been purged. Thank you for calling Ghostbusters.

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smells fishy

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i am not sure if it's either Complete drunkenness and unsoberness that made John pick the hand and show it off publicly it seems like he got the guts and nerve or i might say Fearlessness to walk with a body part in this case an hand without a...

i am not sure if it's either Complete drunkenness and unsoberness that made John pick the hand and show it off publicly it seems like he got the guts and nerve or i might say Fearlessness to walk with a body part in this case an hand without a sense of consciousness remorse or the urge to investigate further or call the law enforcement to deal with the matter. i FIND IT ODD.

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Jonny is hiding something. He says he likes to do his work in the morning before the heat of the day. His next sentence was that he didn't know it was a hand because he'd been drinking, all day.

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I think he was upset on his breakup and drank so much.He was intended in digging up a root but he got a hand.In the drunken mood he thought the hand as a root in someways but a hand in some other ways and being reminded of his ex he was happy if...

I think he was upset on his breakup and drank so much.He was intended in digging up a root but he got a hand.In the drunken mood he thought the hand as a root in someways but a hand in some other ways and being reminded of his ex he was happy if that was her hand.So he would have said like that in the bar

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I think that the fact that John asked for water during the interview makes him in a state of nervousness or insecurity...

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