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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XIII - Page 284« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of John Allison Smith)

Mr. Hubert.
At the time that you were interviewed by Mr. Haley and Mr. Madland, were there other people present?
Mr. Smith.
Let's see; Mr. Haley, I believe, was the one that came over by himself. Then another--you see, I have been contacted three or four times, and I am not the best on names. We were contacted by two people at one time, and I believe they were from the city police department. I am not sure. I can't even remember when I met Mr. Davis. He was on one of those.
Mr. Hubert.
Do you recall an interview that was had by FBI agents in the studio at which Richey and, Walker were present?
Mr. Smith.
Yes.
Mr. Hubert.
Well, addressing yourself to that interview, was it conducted individually or as a group?
Mr. Smith.
When I first got there, he was talking to one of the others.
Mr. Hubert.
He, or were there two people?
Mr. Smith.
Just one. There was one person conducting the interview, and he was talking to--I am not sure he was, I believe, talking to Jimmy Turner, and I stayed there for several minutes. And this other interview was concluded. Then I was interviewed separately, alone. Then Walker, I believe, came in, and he talked to both of us for several minutes. Then we went out to the garage where the truck is parked and he looked at the physical layout of the truck.
Mr. Hubert.
Well, did you ever have an individual interview with Haley and Madland, the FBI men?
Mr. Smith.
Yes; I had an interview with one FBI man, individually.
Mr. Hubert.
On the same day as the general?
Mr. Smith.
No. This was prior to this day I am talking about, and I believe that first man was Mr. Haley. I believe he was the first one there, and I am not sure about the name. But the first FBI man that contacted me us, talked to us individually. At least he talked to me individually.
Mr. Hubert.
Have you ever been interviewed by any member of the President's Commission staff prior to this time?
Mr. Smith.
No, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
Have you anything else you want to add?
Mr. SMITE No, sir; except to say that I hope that we make sense. When all this happened, we weren't paying any attention to time, faces, or anything else. And I do hope that what we do kind of- makes sense to you. I am afraid it doesn't.
Mr. Hubert.
It does to me. Thank you very much, indeed.
Mr. Smith.
This whole thing has been kind of a horrible experience, hasn't it?
Mr. Hubert.
Glad you came over.
Mr. Smith.
If we can help in any way, just call us.

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Jesse M. Strong

Testimony of Jesse M. Strong

The testimony of Jesse M. Strong was taken at 12:35 p.m., on March 31, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Leon D. Hubert, Jr., assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. Hubert.
This is the deposition of J. M. Strong [spelling] S-t-r-o-n-g.
Mr. Strong, my name is Leon Hubert. I'm a member of the advisory staff of the General Counsel of the President's Commission. Under the provisions of Executive Order 11130, dated November 29, 1963, the Joint Resolution of Congress No. 137, and rules of procedure adopted by the Commission in con-formance with that Executive order, I have been authorized to take a sworn deposition from you. I state to you that the general nature of the Commission's inquiry is to ascertain, evaluate, and report upon the facts relating to the assassination of President Kennedy and the subsequent violent death of Lee Harvey Oswald.
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