Monday, 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.
- 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.