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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. X - Page 73« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Charles Steele, Sr. Hall)

Mr. Steele.
and I have stepped my way up to where I am now a major, general staff, assistant G-4.
Mr. Jenner.
All right; now tell me about your boy. Had he ever been in trouble before this thing occurred?
Mr. Steele.
He never had a police record, or anything like that.
Mr. Jenner.
Are you Catholic?
Mr. Steele.
My family is; I am not. I am Presbyterian, but the children are Catholic.
Mr. Jenner.
Then I take it your boy has never been in any serious trouble?
Mr. Steele.
He had better not be.
Mr. Jenner.
You heard his story, didn't you, Mr. Steele, about what happened on this occasion----
Mr. Steele.
I started that story off with him from the minute he hit that front door, and I have been right with him on down through the FBI, the Secret Service, and everybody, right on through, and this is the only time that he has ever been questioned outside of my presence.
Mr. Jenner.
Well, he is your son, and I know you have his welfare in mind all the time and there is a possibility that fathers might become prejudiced in matters of this kind, but knowing him as you do and being his father, and knowing his weaknesses and so forth, do you think now that he is telling the truth about this?
Mr. Steele.
Well, let me put it this way. In my experience, being a battery commander and handling 60 to 70 men at one time, and I have been in court, and with my experience and all that, I have honestly tried to trick him, using the same tactics that you might say the best attorneys would use, and I feel that he is honestly telling the truth. I feel he has told that story over and over again in exactly the same way, so that's the only conclusion I can come to.
In my own mind, I am positive he didn't know what he was doing at the time.
Mr. Jenner.
You gave him a good cross examination, in other words, is that right?
Mr. Steele.
Believe me, because I was under a nervous tension over this, I'll tell you. I was just promoted in August, to my present position, and actually I am not a State officer; I am a Federal officer, and at the same time I had been in the middle of a campaign, running for the democratic nomination for committeeman, and I am a member of the pledged electors group, and I advocate that I as a Democrat am pledged to the choice of the Democratic Party and I just couldn't stand by and let something like this come up and take that all away from me, so I certainly did cross-examine him, and I got to the bottom of it and I'm satisfied that he was not at fault. He had a weak moment in which he saw a chance to make a couple of bucks, but other than that, he didn't have the slightest idea of what he was doing. I'm satisfied of that.
Mr. Jenner.
Is there anything else that you would like to add to what you have said, Mr. Steele?
Mr. Steele.
No; I think that's about it.
Mr. Jenner.
Now, you have the privilege, if you wish, to read and sign your deposition, or you may waive that, and the reporter will transcribe the deposition, and it will be forwarded direct to Washington. What is your preference on that?
Mr. Steele.
I will waive it.
Mr. Jenner.
All right, Mr. Steele; thank you for coming in and testifying voluntarily. I wanted your background in the record, in view of the fact that your boy did have personal contact with Oswald and particularly because of your position in the community, I wanted your background in the record. Thank you very much.
Mr. Steele.
I think I can promise you that he is not going to get into any more trouble. We had that out over and over, and I don't think he will be passing out any more leaflets.
Mr. Jenner.
I think we all believe that, Mr. Steele; well, thank you again for giving your statement. It will be of help to the Commission in evaluating the testimony of your son, by showing his family background, and so forth. Thank you.

Philip Geraci III

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