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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XIII - Page 93« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Frances Cason)

Mrs. Cason.
Yes; it is.
Mr. Hubert.
Mrs. Cason.
These are the initials of Officer M. J. Jackson who was working on the radio with Officer C. E. Hulse at the time the calls were dispatched. The way our radio is set up part of the squads are handled by this officer on one side of the board and part of the squads and the ambulances and APB, which is traffic investigators are handled by the officer on the other side of the radio board, and Mr. Jackson was sitting on the side of the board that would handle a call in the downtown area. That is why I placed his initial on the call sheet, but when it got in there Officer Hulse had already been talking to the ambulance and was dispatching the call rather than Mr. Jackson.
Mr. Hubert.
Have you stated yet whether you conveyed the information about Oswald being shot to Officer Hulse by word of mouth?
Mrs. Cason.
Mr. Hubert.
Tell us what happened there?
Mrs. Cason.
There is a discrepancy in the number of the ambulance that was on the call sheet and the number of the ambulance that was told to me that would be sent by the ambulance company. I feel that the reason for this is because I called Officer Hulse over the intercom that we have between the telephone clerk's office and the radio dispatcher's office and told him that Oswald had been shot, and I was sending an ambulance, and it is my understanding that ambulance 605 was cleared in the downtown area, and he gave it to ambulance 605, and told me to clear 607 through the office, so, rather than put 607 on the call sheet, I put ambulance 605 on the air, because he was giving the call on the air.
Mr. Hubert.
Well, Officer Hulse got the information that Oswald was shot and that an ambulance was needed from you?
Mrs. Cason.
I do not have total recall about the matter, but I feel like Officer Hulse knew Oswald had been shot. This is my only explanation for it. It was busy that day and things were confusing, and I just feel like this is what must have happened. It's not unusual for us to tell them about things like this on the intercom that is placed there for that reason, like if we have an armed robbery they can tell them the location and they can have a squad practically there before we can make up the call sheet, because it takes longer to make up a call sheet if you have to look up the district, and we do not know all of the districts. I happened to know what district this call was in.
Mr. Hubert.
That is why it was easy and quick for you to make up your call sheet, identified as Exhibit 5135?
Mrs. Cason.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
Now, is there anything that we have not covered, to your recollection?
Mrs. Cason.
I can't think of anything other than that we did not know the exact time that Oswald was to be transferred and I might clarify the matter as to why Officer Farr was on channel 2. Channel 2 was maintained throughout the whole time that President Kennedy was in town and was used for special services such as the if we have a whole lot of extra traffic men and solo motorcycles and things of this sort to keep them off of channel 1, they set up channel 2, and put all of those people on that channel 2, and I feel sure that this must have been the case this day, because they must have had all sorts of extra people set up for the transfer from the city hall to the county jail and this is probably why Officer Farr was maintaining channel 2.
Mr. Hubert.
But this call went out on channel 1?
Mrs. Cason.
This call went out on channel 1, but other than that, I can't think of anything else I know that might have any bearing on this whatsoever.
Mr. Hubert.
Let me ask you this: We did have an interview, didn't we, immediately before the beginning of this deposition?
Mrs. Cason.
Mr. Hubert.
Can you think of anything that we discussed in the course of that interview which has not been covered in this deposition?
Mrs. Cason.
Only pertaining to the squad dispatched, and I believe Officer Hulse can cover that. Other than that, I can't think of anything.
Mr. Hubert.
All right, now, do you perceive any inconsistencies between the
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