Steady now

According to a newspaper article, a next-door neighbor of the Minshews, Mrs. Joseph Reeves, described [Lonzy] Minshew as a man of steady habits who “took good care of his family” (New Orleans States-Item, 19 Aug 1963, pgs 1, 11). Is it me? Or does the following remark, found in the official report, contradict the above?

[Lonzy had been] “contributing very little funds to the maintenance of his home.”

And does the following remark contradict the previous remark?

“My husband always came home and leave his money, he never carried a full pay day with him, never. Sometimes he would take a few dollars and go out and get a few beers” (Minshew).

And does the following remark contradict the previous remark?

“He was sometimes in a habit of flashing his money in the bars” (Minshew).

Uh, what money? If he “always came home and leave his money,” what money was he in the habit of flashing in the bars?  Bonnie goes on to explain that she gave Lonzy $5 (as if she was in charge of the money). She states, “yesterday afternoon I know he had somewhere around five dollars on him, because I had given him five dollars before he went to work” (Minshew).

I repeat: If Lonzy “never carried a full pay day with him, never,” as Bonnie stressed, how is it that he was in the “habit of flashing his money in the bars” as Bonnie stressed in the same paragraph?

Steady now…

AND how could Lonzy’s ‘usual routine’, as indicated in Wallace West’s statement, be to come home for supper at around 8:30 p.m. when he had only just started working the evening shift the day before his murder?

Back to the beginning of this oddity: In the official report (page 11, par 4), it/he/she states that Lonzy had been “contributing very little funds to the maintenance of his home.” For god’s sake, I have to ask: WHAT is the relevance of this information to Lonzy’s murder? And WHO offered this information (the report does not indicate)? Again, this revelation contradicts Bonnie’s statement where she explains, “My husband always came home and leave his money, he never carried a full pay day with him, N-E-V-E-R. Sometimes he would take a few dollars and go out and get a few beers.” It also conflicts with Wallace West’s statement who said Lonzy “worked about 40 hours a week” (WWest).

And speaking further of Lonzy being a man of steady habits, what about Bonnie’s statement that Lonzy “wasn’t in the habit of carrying strangers off in the car?” So was the boy that Lonzy let drive his car not a stranger (Minshew)?

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