Entrance to Duffy's Bar & Grill

Duffy's canvass

After Johnny McPhail said that he met and often saw Dalton Kimbrough at Duffy's Bar & Grill, YCSD investigators spoke with 21 patrons of Duffy's who were identified as bar regulars.

The patrons were asked if they had seen or spoken with Kimbrough in the bar and if they ever saw him being violent or aggressive.

The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.


Donna Cook

Age 29, office manager, 119 Chestnut Street

Cook said she met Kimbrough in July 2019. Cook remembered his name because her father was also named Dalton.

Cook said Kimbrough came into the bar one Saturday afternoon when it was slow. The two of them watched Wheel of Fortune and drank shots. Cook said she thought Kimbrough was "pretty good looking, but too short."

When Cook was shown a photograph of Kimbrough, she was unable to identify him, claiming she probably remembered him wrong. Cook said that, though she had visited the bar many times since that Saturday afternoon, she hadn't seen him again.


Dirk Nelson

Age 34, Ole Miss Associate Professor, 312 North 16th Street

Nelson said he was very familiar with Dalton Kimbrough. They met early in November 2019, when Nelson walked into Duffy's bar while Kimbrough was challenging everyone in the bar to a fight.

No one came forward, and Kimbrough was becoming more belligerent. Nelson fake whispered, "How about a battle of wits?" Kimbrough heard this and shouted back, "What the…? All right, smartass. Do you agree with Stephen Hawking that information swallowed by a black hole is forever hidden from the outside universe and will never be revealed?"

According to Nelson, he and Kimbrough spent the rest of the evening discussing metaphysics and drinking. Following that, they made a habit of breaking apart the theories of Freud, Aristotle, Greenspan, and even Kanye.

Nelson said he and Kimbrough shared an interest in Hegelian logic and often challenged each other over interpretation. Kimbrough was reading the original German texts and loved to quote them in mangled German. According to Nelson, "Kimbrough was sort of smart but mostly full of crap, which is the most un-Hegelian thing there could be."


James Quince

Age 41, mechanic, 1750 Jefferson Avenue

Quince described himself as a regular at the bar, coming in about twice a week from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Quince was firm in his belief that Kimbrough was never in the bar during those hours and that he had never seen him.

According to Quince, the bar fills with area store workers who stop in for a quick drink, and Kimbrough would have been noticed.


Jeffery Rodham

Age 23, Ole Miss graduate student, 1006 Van Buren Avenue

Rodham claimed he met Kimbrough at the bar during the Cincinnati–Memphis football game on November 29, 2019. Rodham and Kimbrough watched the game on TV at Duffy's, and both cheered for Memphis. Rodham couldn't recall having any particular conversation but did remember that Kimbrough paid for Rodham's drinks that evening.

Rodham was sure of the date because he was arrested for driving under the influence that evening on his way home. According to the arresting officer, someone from the bar called to report Rodham. Rodham suspected the caller was Kimbrough.

Following that night, Rodham saw Kimbrough in the bar about once a week, but they didn't speak. According to Rodham, "We didn't have much to say to each other."


Moreland Tate

Age 30, musician, 710 South 19th Street

Tate said that he met Dalton Kimbrough in December of 2019. Tate said Kimbrough was a regular at the bar for the Wednesday night acoustic jam that Tate hosted from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.

According to Tate, the first time he spoke with Kimbrough was closing time at the bar, and Kimbrough was refusing to leave.

According to Tate, "[Kimbrough] took a swing at me and missed. When he drew back for a second, I knocked his feet out from under him, and he dropped like a rock. All of a sudden, I hear a roar, and it's Kimbrough. He was laughing like a fiend. I guess he got a kick out of it. We did okay after that. That night we drove out to his compound and partied with his crew all night."

Tate said, in later encounters, Kimbrough was often aggressive when drinking, and his size could easily intimidate.

According to Tate, "If you were willing to stand up to him, then he gave some respect. If you showed fear, he pushed harder." Tate said he saw Kimbrough "bitch slap" several different people in the bar for disagreeing with him. Tate was unable to identify by name anyone slapped in this manner, claiming he had never seen them before.



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