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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. X - Page 71« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Charles Steele, Jr. Hall)

Mr. Steele.
Right now I haven't the slightest idea what he looked like. I think, as I recall, he was about Oswald's height.
Mr. Jenner.
Oswald was 5 foot 9. You say he was the same height, or taller, or what?
Mr. Steele.
Well, he wasn't shorter. He was either the same height or slightly taller.
Mr. Jenner.
Would it refresh your recollection if I told you that when you were interviewed by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the 24th of November, 1963, that you told them that he was aged 19 or 20 years, that he was about 6 feet tall, slender built, dark hair, and olive complexion?
Mr. Steele.
Yes.
Mr. Jenner.
Was that the way you recall him?
Mr. Steele.
Yes; he was slender built and about my complexion.
Mr. Jenner.
You have dark skin?
Mr. Steele.
Caucasian, dark.
Mr. Jenner.
What would you say he weighed?
Mr. Steele.
About 170, 175, I guess.
Mr. Jenner.
How tall are you?
Mr. Steele.
Six
Mr. Jenner.
Would this man have been about your height?
Mr. Steele.
I guess so, but it didn't seem like he was quite as tall as I am.
Mr. Jenner.
Do you think he was more slender, than you?
Mr. Steele.
Yes.
Mr. Jenner.
How was he dressed?
Mr. Steele.
Sport shirt, as far as I can remember.
Mr. Jenner.
White or colored, or what?
Mr. Steele.
I don't even remember the man right now, to tell you the truth. I just have a very vague recollection of what he looked like.
Mr. Jenner.
But you are sure he was slender built?
Mr. Steele.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Jenner.
Now, you have the right, if you wish to exercise it, of reading over your deposition and signing it, or you may waive that right and let the court reporter transcribe your testimony, and it will be forwarded direct to Washington. What do you prefer to do?
Mr. Steele.
Well, I will do what you consider best.
Mr. Jenner.
Well, you are willing to waive the necessity of reading your deposition and signing it then?
Mr. Steele.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Jenner.
All right. Is there anything else that occurred that you haven't told me about, or that I haven't asked you about, that would be of assistance to the Commission?
Mr. Steele.
No; I can't think of anything else.
Mr. Jenner.
All right. Thank you for coming in voluntarily and testifying.

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Charles Hall Steele, Sr.

Testimony of Charles Steele, Sr. Hall

The testimony of Charles Hall Steele, St., 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.

Charles Hall Steele, Sr. 1488 Madrid Street, New Orleans, La. after first being duly sworn, testified as follows:

Mr. Jenner.
You are Mr. Charles Hail Steele, Sr., is that right?
Mr. Steele.
Right.
Mr. Jenner.
And you have seen the letter received by your son from Mr. Rankin, general counsel of the President's Commission, have you not?
Mr. Steele.
Yes.
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