The detectives asked Johnny Reagle to explain the GSR on his work glovesFriday, August 1, 2014 - 4:20 p.m.

John Reagle was arrested on July 13, 2014, at Duffy's Bar & Grill after claiming to be in possession of a human hand. The remainder of the body was subsequently found on his farm.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy re-interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.


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

Detective Armstrong: Come on in, Johnny. You staying out of trouble?

John Reagle: You know that's right. I ain't even drinking anymore.

Detective Murphy: Really?

John Reagle: Well, just beer, but that's not really drinking.

Detective Murphy: I'm not sure everyone would agree with you on that, but let's move on. Would you state your name and address please?

John Reagle: My name is John Reagle, and I live at 522 CR 418, Oxford.

Detective Murphy: We wanted to talk to you about those work gloves we got from your barn.

John Reagle: Yeah, am I going to be getting those back anytime soon? I got me some new ones, but I don't like them as well.

Detective Armstrong: We'll see what we can do about that. So listen, do you ever wear those gloves when you go out hunting?

John Reagle: Hunting? No, those are work gloves.

Detective Armstrong: So if I told you we found gunshot residue on them, how would you explain that?

John Reagle: That doesn't sound right.

Detective Armstrong: No, it doesn't.

John Reagle: You sure it's not some kind of mistake?

Detective Armstrong: That's your explanation?

John Reagle: I don't know how else to explain it.

Detective Murphy: It's not because you were wearing those gloves when you shot Andy Fine?

John Reagle: What? I didn't do that!

Detective Murphy: How can you be sure, drinking as much as you were?

John Reagle: There's not enough liquor in the world to make me kill somebody. I didn't do it.

Detective Murphy: You had a pretty good motive.

John Reagle: No, I didn't.

Detective Murphy: Andy was the one standing in the way of you buying that farmhouse from the Fines, wasn't he?

John Reagle: Once upon a time maybe, but what would I want with that old place now that he wrecked it?

Detective Murphy: So if his brother and sister were looking to sell it now, you wouldn't be interested?

John Reagle: I don't know. Are they thinking about selling? Because I'd be willing to hear them out at least.

Detective Murphy: I thought you weren't interested.

John Reagle: Might be able to get it for a good price now.

Detective Armstrong: But before Andy was killed, they were asking a lot more?

John Reagle: More than likely, but I can't say because I don't know how much they want now since— hey! You're trying to twist this all around. I didn't kill Andy, not for that crappy old house, not for any reason.

Detective Murphy: Why should we believe you?

John Reagle: Because there must be a lot of people out there with better reasons to kill him than that. A guy like Andy makes enemies.

Detective Armstrong: And you have an alibi.

John Reagle: You bet I do.

Detective Armstrong: What is it?

John Reagle: When are we talking about again?

Detective Armstrong: The night of July 3rd and morning of July 4th.

John Reagle: OK. I went to a party out at Sardis Lake. Spent the night. Didn't come home until after fireworks on the 4th.

Detective Armstrong: Who was having this party?

John Reagle: It was a, uh, lady friend.

Detective Armstrong: OK. What's her name?

John Reagle: Well… I can't recall off the top of my head.

Detective Murphy: Johnny, it was a month ago. You can't remember her name?

John Reagle: Well, there have been a lot of lady friends since Lisa left. I had to make up for lost time, you know.

Detective Murphy: Uh-huh. Do you think you can come up with this particular lady friend's name?

John Reagle: Sure can. I got it at home.

Detective Murphy: All right. Here's what we're going to do. You go home, get that name, and you call me with it by 6:00 p.m. today. If you don't call me by then, we're going to take that to mean you were lying about your alibi. You understand?

John Reagle: Yes, I understand.

Detective Armstrong: You better get going. You only got an hour.

John Reagle: I'm going. I'm going.

End interview - 4:56 p.m.

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  • Interesting....Hadn't thought about Carl and his sister wanting to sell the place. Any known money troubles there? I don't remember any. HMMMM....

  • LOL

  • Hurry up, Johnny! lol

  • Johnny's just a prankster who drinks a bit to much and needs attention. He only came across the hand by accident. I think at first it might have looked like a root but once he was close enough he realised it was a human hand and saw a way to shock people. As gruesome as the prank was he isn't at the top of the suspect list. So I hope from now on, Johnny better be good.

  • Jhon:"i aint even drinking anymore"
    In my opinion you should find out ,when he stopped drinking?,and what is the reason he stopped drinking?
    People like jhon wont stop drinking spontaniasly without a reason.
    if he stopped drinking after andys murder.
    I think the reason he stoped drinking is that the last time he drinked to much he commited the murder of andy after that when he got up sover he realized what he did and he were sorry for that ,than he promised to himself he wont drink that much again and thats why hes drinking only beer now.

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