I knew Ronnie Lee Morgan, the third husband of Jackie (Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan), the “Wall Street Journal” heiress, many years before he married Jackie.
In the early years, I represented him on a few credit matters, the dissolution of his high-end antique and interior decorating business called “Jackson-Morgan” in Midland, Texas, and then placing him in bankruptcy before he left town. There was about a three-year hiatus before I saw him again.
When I did see Ron, he came into my law office, caught up old times and explained how he had moved to Lubbock, failed in a business venture there, moved on to El Paso and was building a good interior decorating clientele there. Then, he told me the real reason for his visit. He said he had been doing some interior design work for one of our well-known, wealthy, gay West Texas ranchers on his ranch house. The rancher had sexually assaulted him when he was coming out of the shower at the ranch house after a day’s work, preparing to drive back to El Paso. Ron explained that his right tricep had been torn.
I asked, “How do you tear a tricep?” Ron took off his shirt and showed me his right tricep. Both of his triceps had implants to show muscular arms. I was shocked. I had no idea there was such a thing but soon learned that plastic surgery (I guess that’s why they call it “plastic”) had developed implants for just about every part of the body.
Indeed, Ron’s right implant had been injured. He had to drain it twice a day by inserting a needle and pulling out the fluid. He was looking at an operation to repair it. This case would be the beginning of a long, litigious saga over many years and different trials that I would experience with Ron. The relationship would end with the final litigation at the death of his future wife, Jackie.
I write of my observations of Ron’s life and that of his wife in my book: “Observer:The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation — even crime”.