Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I knew a man Bojangles, and he danced for you. . .

For those who aren't familiar with the story of Mr Bogangles

Who knew. I thought Mr. Bojangles was an old black guy, who drank a bit, according to the lyrics of Jerry Jeff Walker. Well, it seems we've got the guy from the parallel universe - a white Mr Bogangles. He has also been called John Doe, "Skippy", and a litany of misspellings of his real name - Jimmy Naramore.

Jimmy, rni# 4984, has been booked into the county jail 108 times. His charges are mainly misdemeanors, like public drunk, public intoxication (isn't that the same), disorderly conduct, criminal tresspass, pedestrian soliciting a ride or business, carrying a knife, obstructing a highway, failure to appear, dui, reckless endangerment, vandalism under 500, and even criminal littering! Well he also has a couple of felonies too - grand larceny, agg burglary and agg assault. It appears this time, he was arrested on a warrant for failure to do right.


Tom Guleff said...

Where is this guy's family ? Any brothers, sisters, etc ?

John Harvey said...

Sure he has family, but he has become the author of his own destruction, just like the rest of us, and I doubt they want him around.

Many families are forced to turn their kin out, because they get tired of being taken for granted, by a person who lies, cheats and steals at every opportunity. It could be a mental disorder, drug addiction, a person who is just plain evil, or any combination of the above.

Mr B needs at least 1 year in the county lockup every time he returns to 201 on a charge. At some point, maybe he will leave Memphis. He obviously doesn't get it, and my prediction is - he never will. The best we can hope for is that he leaves us.

I'm resurrecting my plea for donations to purchase bus tickets to San Francisco for all our "thugs"!

batman said...

Yeah he has some family around Summer/Highland area. He has 2 nephews one of which is still around David Naramore. Jedidiah Naramore is David's brother and hasn't been seen in a while (thankfully). Their dad, Jimmy's brother, used to live on Holmes, but I haven't seen him in a while.

Anonymous said...

First let me clear up some of the misconceptions on this blog. Jedidiah Naramore and David Naramore are not brothers. They are cousins and Jedidiah is Mr. B's son.

About 20 years ago give or take a year, Mr. B, fell prey to the deadly diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction. He stayed on the streets for about 16 to 17 years. MIC helped Mr. B get off the streets and adapt back into society. However, what some folks do not understand is Mr. B also suffers from paranoid schizophrenic disorder and refuses to take his medication. Such refusal fueled with drugs and alcohol do not mix.

His family has tried to help him but in 2003, his brother next to him in age died. Two years later, his sister-in-law died and last December his mother died.

Yes he needs help but some alcoholics/drug addicts fall in the following category taken from Chap 5 of the Big Book of AA - Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

Mr. B tries but whenever he succumbs he cannot stop. It is very hurtful to his remaining family.

Currently, he is on the streets suffering from liver cancer managing to survive one day to the next.

John Harvey said...

"fell prey to the deadly diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction"

I'm sorry but I think the notion that alcoholism and other drug addiction being labeled a "disease" is ridiculous. The doctors want to labeled a disease, so they can get paid. It's not as though you touch a doorknob and next thing you know, you are drunk! In order to be an alcoholic, you have to purchase alcohol, which means you make a conscious effort to get drunk. That is not the result of a disease. It is the result of a person with little to no self control, which will probably fit into a disease category too.

If we are going to claim alcoholism is a disease, so is sex addiction, how about crime addiction? I can't help it, I am compelled to rape, rob and pillage. It's high time we start calling it what it is, and stop making excuses. People who want help, should get it. People who continue to fall back into drug or alcohol abuse should be locked away, so they don't do harm to those who are trying to be contributing members of society.

Anonymous said...

The other factors to Mr. B's story. He was reared in a family of generational alcoholism and his father abandoned the family when B was around 18 months old.

Sometimes when a person knows no other life, what can you expect? Plus you a glossing over the schizophrenia. Yes, I agree B needs to do something but locking in jail everyone with an alcohol/drug problem is not the answer. Jails are already overcrowded as they are and such actions would merely compound the issue.