Monday, July 14, 2014

Area farmer arrested after brandishing severed hand

Whereabouts of rest of body, alive or dead, unknown

Photo of the Duffy's Bar & Grill entranceLocal cotton farmer John Reagle was arrested Sunday night at Duffy's Bar and Grill after displaying what he claimed was a human hand to other patrons. Reagle, 43, is a longtime resident of the Oxford area and was described as a regular at Duffy's.

The Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department verified Monday morning that they had taken Reagle into custody, but declined to provide details on the charges.

Public Information Officer Elizabeth Jones said by telephone that the alleged hand was taken into evidence for further analysis.

Jones would not say whether investigators have confirmed that the item is a human hand. Jones also declined to speculate whether the hand's owner—if it is found to be human—could have survived the injury.

Duffy's bartender, Patrick Mulvaney, said he contacted authorities after observing Reagle showing the hand to several customers.

"He had it in one of those plastic containers like you keep leftovers in," said Mulvaney. "He kept showing that thing to people, and at first, I thought it was just a joke. But some people were getting upset, and when I got a look at it myself, I knew something just wasn't right."

Several Duffy's employees said Reagle had claimed the hand belonged to his former girlfriend, who reportedly has not been seen in Oxford since June.

The same employees added that the hand did not appear to them to be a woman's hand. However, they couldn't be sure because Reagle never took the hand out of the plastic container or opened the container to let them get a closer look.

Witnesses who had seen the hand described it as "dirty" and "a weird color."

One Duffy's customer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Reagle had opened a corner of the container for him. "The smell was so bad, I almost puked right there on the spot," the customer reported.

Reagle's first court appearance is scheduled for later today.

By Kemper Jones at 7:00 AM

 

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So... The hand was buried! You can tell by the dirt. The farmer is still the main suspect but I really don't think it's him... Why would you bring your crime to show everybody? That just exposes you. Unless you're an attention seeker you wouldn't...

So... The hand was buried! You can tell by the dirt. The farmer is still the main suspect but I really don't think it's him... Why would you bring your crime to show everybody? That just exposes you. Unless you're an attention seeker you wouldn't like that... But if you we're an attention seeker you'd down right say "yeah I did".

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He could've been drunk before he went there, which would explain why he thought it was a root. Plus he said it's his ex girlfriend's hand, that's a man hand. An older man. Which if he pulled it from the ground, there's proof as it's covered in dirt.

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Intressting, the hand looks like it could be an older woman, like around 60 years old or so or a man. The hand must have laid in wet or fresh pland mud, cuze is only soft Mudd on it. Those blue marks looks like burn marks. I think if it is his...

Intressting, the hand looks like it could be an older woman, like around 60 years old or so or a man. The hand must have laid in wet or fresh pland mud, cuze is only soft Mudd on it. Those blue marks looks like burn marks. I think if it is his Ex, that hand must have laid in that box in a month or so.And it starts to smell rotten when it comes in contact whit air. Note rough cut of the hand, some of the skinn is blue and still left whit the flesh. Idk if I if I even is near the truth, but i got the feeling the rest of (the potential human) is buried in pieces in different palaces around the property. Probably an axe

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  Pandan forsberg
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Strange behaviour but I'll keep reading before I comment any more.

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