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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XIV - Page 331« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Nancy Perrin Rich)

Mr. Hubert.
Under the provisions of the President's Executive Order No. 11130, dated November 29, 1963, the joint resolution of Congress 137, and the rules of procedure adopted by the President's Commission in conformance with that Executive order and that resolution, I have been authorized to take a sworn deposition from you.
I state to you now that the general nature of the Commission's inquiry is to ascertain, evaluate, and report upon the facts relevant to the assassination of President Kennedy, and the subsequent violent death of Lee Harvey Oswald.
In particular as to you, Mrs. Rich, the nature of the inquiry today is to determine what facts you know about the death of Oswald, any participation in that death, or the death of President Kennedy by Jack Ruby, certain particular activities of Jack Ruby which you have heretofore told the FBI, and other pertinent facts you may know about the general inquiry.
Now, Mrs. Rich, I think you appear today here by virtue of a letter written to you by Mr. J. Lee Rankin, general counsel of the staff of the President's Commission, is that right?
Mrs. Rich.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
And that--when did you receive that letter?
Mrs. Rich.
I actually received in my hands the letter yesterday, Monday, the 1st. I received notification of it via a telephone call from Mr. Fahety of the FBI Bureau, Boston, notifying me of it.
It was sent--and at this time I would like to state and opened by Mr. Rod Kennett, of Executive Limited, 100 Boylston Street, Boston, and there was no possible way that letter could have been opened erroneously. It could not have even by any stretch of the imagination been misconstrued as being office literature. It was personally addressed to me, with the President's Commission on it.
I want that in the record.
Mr. Hubert.
It is.
Mrs. Rich.
I also want it in the record I came here of my own free will.
Also that I don't want it known and that I would like Kennett cautioned to be quiet about this. I want someone to caution the Kennetts to keep quiet about this. Rod opened the letter, and he has been tolling everybody in Boston about it. I don't particularly want it known.
Mr. Hubert.
Well, I am not in a position to pass upon your request. But I am quite certain that the Commission will take it into account.
Mrs. Rich.
I would appreciate it, because of some extracurricular work that I do--it is not feasible for anyone to know that I go before any kind of commission, for anything.
Mr. Hubert.
Well, now, let me get back to this. Under the rules adopted by the Commission, you are entitled to a 3 day written notice prior to the taking of this deposition. But the rules also provide that a witness may waive the 3-day written notice if he so desires. And I ask you now if you wish to waive the 3-day notice.
Mrs. Rich.
Yes; I will waive it.
Mr. Hubert.
Now, will you stand, please, so I may administer the oath? Raise your right hand. Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give in this matter will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
Mrs. Rich.
I do.
Mr. Hubert.
Will you please state your full name?
Mrs. Rich.
Nancy Elaine Perrin Rich.
Mr. Hubert.
I understand that you recently married.
Mrs. Rich.
That is correct.
Mr. Hubert.
What is your husband's name?
Mrs. Rich.
Francis L. Rich.
Mr. Hubert.
Where do you reside?
Mrs. Rich.
No. 16 River Road, Hanover, Mass.
Mr. Hubert.
When were you married?
Mrs. Rich.
April 11, 1964.
Mr. Hubert.
Prior to that time, I think you had been married to a man by the name of Perrin.
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