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Warren A. Reynolds is the car salesman who heard the shots that killed Tippit a block a way, and saw a person brandishing a pistol running down west Jefferson to a gas station and parking lot.

A day after giving a statement to the FBI Reynolds was shot in the head by a .22 rifle, and a suspect was quickly apprehended, but was later released after passing a lie detector test and having Nancy Mooney MacDonald provide an alibi, with her passing a lie detector test as well.

Shortly thereafter Nancy Mooney MacDonald was arrested and placed in a cell where she was found hanged by her toreador pants, which was ruled a suicide.

Reynolds then testified before the Warren Commission that he was sure that it was Oswald who he saw running from the Tippit slaying scene with a gun in his hand.

While the strange death of Nancy Mooney MacDonald usually places her on all the Mysterious Death lists, there's certainly more to the story than we have thus far been told, but can still figure out for ourselves.

For starters, here's a typical Conspiracy Theorists basher who makes the case that it was all just a bunch of Yahoos, and there's really no mystery at all.

Magen Knuth's article Dead in the Wake of the Kennedy Assassination

Nancy Mooney: Mysterious Death?


But what she doesn't tell you is, after being interviewed as a Tippit murder witness on the afternoon of November 22, 1963 by TV and radio, he was NEVER interviewed by the Dallas PD.

The first time he told his story officially, was on January 22, 1964, and he said that while the photo of Oswald looked like the man fleeing the Tippit murder scene, he couldn't be positive.

The next day, while closing the showroom, the light to the basement was out so he went down the steps to fix the bulb and lock up when he was shot in the head by a guy with a rifle, a small guy who ran up the steps and out the door with the rifle. Two people saw him fleeing the premises with a rifle, one saying he looked Cuban and the both saying he was short - 5 foot 5.

While Reynolds went to the hospital and miraculously survived, a policeman found his glasses and a .22 bullet on the floor of the basement next to a pool of blood.

The police quickly suspected Darrell Wayne Garner because, unknown to Warren Reynolds, Garner had threatened his brother, the owner of the car dealership, when he refused to buy a 57 Oldsmobile without title papers.

When Garner was overheard talking to his sister in law on the phone from a bar, bragging that he had shot Reynolds, he was arrested, but denied being the shooter and was only trying to be a bigshot with his sister in law.

Garner's mother said her son wasn't allowed home after threatening her for money, and was living in his car. A .22 rifle was taken from the Garner home and tested but it didn't match the bullet found at the scene.

And DWGarner, at 5' 8" tall, did not match the description of the short 5' 5" rifleman.

Nancy Mooney MacDonald provided an alibi for Garner for the time of the shooting, saying that they rode into town, bought some beer and drank it and then went home, and both her and Garner passed a lie detector test.

About a week later Nancy Mooney MacDonald was arrested at 2:45 am for disturbing the peace, having a fight with Patsy Swope Moore, her roommate "over the affections of" one Jimmy Walker Kirkpatrick. While in prison she hung herself.

A close friend said that she had tried to commit suicide twice earlier in the year.

Nancy Mooney MacDonald, aka Nancy Moore, worked as a waitress at a local Oak Cliff bar. She was 24 years old, with four children, who were taken from her by the courts and were living with their grandmother in Paris, Texas.

There were reports she worked at the Carousel Club a few years earlier, and that she had met Oswald at a party, but there doesn't seem to be any documentation or verifiable source for either.

Then Bob Considine wrote an article that was published in the New York Journal American on February 23, 1964.

Bob Considine's article


After reading that article, Reynolds got a call from Gen. Edwin Walker, who talked with him on the phone for awhile and invited Reynolds out to his house where they discussed the attack on Reynolds, both concluding that it was somehow related to the Tippit murder.

Walker wrote a letter to the Warren Commission requesting that Reynolds be formally interviewed, and he was, testifying that the running man with a pistol in his hand certainly looked a lot like the photo of Oswald and he was now more certain of it.

He also said that he followed Oswald to the gas station, and was there when the police arrived and searched the parking lot, finding a jacket, said to have been left by the fleeing Tippit murderer, under an Oldsmobile in the parking lot.

But nobody bothers to check to see if this is the same Olds that Darrell Wayne Garner tried to sell to Reynolds' brother without the papers.

Reynolds said that he didn't know that he was chasing a cop killer until the police told him, or he wouldn't have been so brave, and that he thought the killer could still be hiding in the parking lot but the police got a call on their radio that a suspect was at the nearby library, and they all left the scene together, so Reynolds didn't stick around either.

And then, after being interviewed by the TV and radio,the Dallas PD expressed no interest whatsoever in talking with Reynolds about the murder of Tippit.

Besides Reynolds, there was another car salesman, Reynolds, who positively identified the fleeing gunman as Oswald, and two other people who could not positively ID Oswald as the fleeing gunman.

Darrell Wayne garner is also said to have died a suspicious death.

But the shooting of Warren Reynolds has never been solved.

Here's CE 2589

FBI Report of March 23, 1964


The other relevant docs are:

Gemberling Feb. 11, 1964, p.85-95;

March 10, 1964, p269-272;

April 15, 1964, p. 416-422;

CD 735


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Police arrested Mooney and another woman, Patsy Slope, when, inside a parked car, the two engaged in fisticuffs over the love of some guy. A few hours later, they found Mooney's corpse hanging inside her holding cell. She had apparently used her slacks as a rope.

The FBI’s official investigation into her death based it’s finding of suicide on an affidavit provided by William Goode, a guy claiming to be a friend of Mooney’s. He said she had attempted suicide on a couple of occasions before the fatal night.


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