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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. X - Page 62« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Francis L Martello)

Mr. Liebeler.
that we have. There is a photostatic copy of a sheet of paper with hand-written notes, and I ask you whether or not that is a photostatic copy of the paper that you found in the material you have just described?
Mr. Martello.
Yes; it is.
Mr. Liebeler.
And the original of this was taken from Oswald at the time of his arrest? Is that correct?
Mr. Martello.
It wasn't actually taken from him. Due to the amount of material he had in his possession, and upon Oswald taking various credentials and identification cards out, it was left--it was inadvertently picked up with the literature, and I put it in a file folder and it remained there. I thought no more of it. He had already been interviewed by the intelligence division of our department. It was just by coincidence that I kept the notes. Normally I would have discarded them.
Mr. Liebeler.
You turned the original of the paper that was kept over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, did you not?
Mr. Martello.
No, sir; I turned the original paper over to the United States Secret Service along with the pamphlets, all of the pamphlets.
Mr. Liebeler.
As far as you know, the Secret Service still has that material?
Mr. Martello.
That is correct, sir.
Mr. Liebeler.
Now did you become involved in any other questioning of Oswald or investigation of Oswald, or did you become involved in anything else having anything to do with Oswald back in August of 1963 other than what we have already talked about?
Mr. Martello.
No, sir; I did not see him but one more time, and that was when he went to court, and that was the last time I saw him. The only times I spoke to him was the times that we had mentioned during the interview.
Mr. Liebeler.
Were you present at any time when Oswald may have been interviewed by other officers or personnel of the police department?
Mr. Martello.
No, sir; I was not. I understand that he was interviewed at the time of his arrest by members of the intelligence division of the New Orleans Police Department.
Mr. Liebeler.
Did you interview any of the Cubans that were arrested at the same time Oswald was arrested?
Mr. Martello.
No, sir; I did not. I believe the Cubans were paroled. That is it, they were paroled.
Mr. Liebeler.
After the assassination, did the New Orleans Police Department, to your knowledge, engage in any investigation concerning Oswald or his prior activities in New Orleans?
Mr. Martello.
Not to my knowledge, sir. They may have, but at that time I was in the First District, assigned to the First District, and I wouldn't know if they had conducted any further investigations.
Mr. Liebeler.
Can you think of anything that you think the Commission ought to know about that is within your knowledge, that I haven't asked you about or we haven't covered so far? If you can I would like to have you indicate it so that we could have the benefit of it.
Mr. Martello.
I think you did a very good job on me. I don't think there are any questions that haven't been answered.
Mr. Liebeler.
In view of that, I have no other questions at this point. I do want to thank you, Lieutenant Martello, for the cooperation you have shown to us, and on behalf of the Commission I want to thank you very sincerely for your coming here and giving the testimony that you have given. Thank you very much.
Mr. Martello.
Thank you, sir.

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Charles Hall Steele, Jr.

Testimony of Charles Steele, Jr. Hall

The testimony of Charles Hall Steele, Jr., was taken on April 7, 1964, at the Old Civil Courts Building, Royal and Conti Streets, New Orleans, La., by Mr. Albert E. Jenner, Jr., assistant counsel of the President's Commission
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