A Man Named Jimmie

Helen Brewster Mayo was the barmaid working at Lewis’ Bar on the night of August 16, 1963. In response to what I believe to be very leading questions by the investigating officers, Mayo stated that Haywood appeared to be “queer” (Mayo). Mayo reported that she knew the [Minshew] family “for about six years,” yet she didn’t even know Haywood by his real name: He was a “fellow” she called “Jimmie” (Mayo). Moreover, in her statement Mayo implies that sometimes Haywood came in the bar with his wife, at which time he was “a perfect husband” (Mayo).

However, Lonzy’s wife, Bonnie, told investigating officers she hadn’t “been to a bar with … [Lonzy] … in a good two years” (Minshew). I find it hard to accept that, out of all the people that had no doubt been in and out of Lewis’ Bar, Mayo could vividly recall Lonzy’s behavior when out with his wife a good two years earlier (SR64, pg 7, par 2). I find it hard to accept that Mayo knew Haywood and his family for six years and never knew his real name.

From Walter Edgar Sorrell’s statement we know that Lonzy introduced himself as Lonnie or Lonzy. Sorrell states, “he told me his name was Lonnie or Lonzy something like that” (Sorrell).

So who was Jimmie?

James Eddie Sullinger resided with a male subject only “known as Jimmie” (Sullinger). Mayo does not know Haywood’s real name, refers to him as ‘Jimmie’ (Mayo).

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