Author seeks McCorvey acquaintances “Percy” the headhunter, “Jinx” the born-again Christian

Norma McCorvey

That’s right, you can’t make this shit up.

A few weeks ago we told you that a journalist/author in New York was seeking info about Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey’s time as a lesbian in Dallas, where she reportedly worked at three gay bars in the years leading up to the landmark case. The author, who now asks that his name be withheld due to the touchy nature of abortion politics, said he’s gotten a wonderful response from our post asking people to contact him with deets on McCorvey’s time as an employee at The White Carriage, the Roadrunner and Sultan’s Harem.

Now, as if those names of gay bars from late 1960s Dallas weren’t classic enough, the author sends along word that the tips have led him to zero in on at least five specific individuals, including the likes of one Murial James, who went by “Percy” and worked as a headhunter; and Billie Jo Gwynes, who went by “Jinx” and is now a born-again Christian working in prisons.

We’re going to go ahead and take his word that these are in fact real people, so here’s his full note:

Journalist in New York City seeking people who knew Norma McCorvey — “Jane Roe” of the landmark 1973 law case Roe v. Wade.

They include:

* Jay Duncan who worked at The White Carriage bar.
* Lynn Baker who worked in computers and drove a blue Mustang.
* Murial James who went by “Percy” and worked as a headhunter.
* Carla Pruitt who bought The White Carriage bar and turned it into The Chromosome.
* Billie Jo Gwynes who went by “Jinx” and is now a born again Christian working in prisons.

You may email the journalist at


—  John Wright

Author seeks info about Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey’s time as a lesbian in Dallas

Norma McCorvey

Joshua Prager, a journalist and author in New York City, is working on a book about the Roe v. Wade case and plaintiff Norma McCorvey, who went by the legal pseudonym “Jane Doe.” McCorvey lived in Dallas and worked at gay bars in the years prior to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that overturned state anti-abortion laws.

“If you knew her, I would love to talk to you,” Prager said. “According to her book I Am Roe, Norma worked at three gay bars in Dallas (The White Carriage, Roadrunner and Sultan’s Harem) in the years before the landmark 1973 ruling. After the ruling, for many years, she lived in Dallas with her partner Connie Gonzales and worked for the rights of women. (Norma is now in a different place. She became a born again Christian and renounced the pro-choice movement.)”

Prager can be reached at

—  John Wright