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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XIV - Page 599« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Bell P. Herndon)

Testimony of Breck Wall (Billy Wilson) Ray

The testimony of Breck Wall was taken at 2:13 p.m., on August 5, 1964, at the U.S. Post Office Building, 301 Stewart Street, Las Vegas, Nev., by Mr. Arlen Specter, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. Specter.
May the record show that this deposition proceeding of the president's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy is being taken at the U.S. Post Office Building, 301 Stewart Street, Las Vegas, Nev. May the record further show it is now 2:13 Pacific daylight time on Wednesday, August 5, 1964. Present is Mr. Breck Wall who has appeared in response to letter notification and also telephone notification.
Mr. Wall, the President's Commission has asked you to appear here today to

testify concerning any knowledge which you may have of Mr. Jack Ruby, his background,, and his activities relating to the events of November 22 through November 24, 1963. With that preliminary statement of purpose, I will ask you to rise and raise your right hand, if you would, please.
Do you solemnly swear that the testimony that you shall give in this deposition proceeding before the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
Mr. Wall.
I do.
Mr. Specter.
Will you state your full name for the record, please?
Mr. Wall.
My legal name is Billy Ray Wilson but I have used professionally Breck Wall for the last 7 or 8 years.
Mr. Specter.
Mr. Wall, did you receive a letter of notification asking you to appear here today for your deposition?
Mr. Wall.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Specter.
Did that letter contain within it the Executive order creating the President's Commission and a copy of the rules and regulations for taking of depositions by the President's Commission?
Mr. Wall.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Specter.
And you understand that if you wish, you may be represented by counsel here today?
Mr. Wall.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Specter.
Do you want to have an attorney with you today?
Mr. Wall.
No, sir.
Mr. Specter.
When did you receive that letter?
Mr. Wall.
Monday night at home. I was performing at the Castaways and a friend of mine signed the receipt on it.
Mr. Specter.
Under the regulations you are entitled to 3 days' notice. Are you willing to proceed with this deposition today without having that notice?
Mr. Wall.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Specter.
What is your occupation or profession, Mr. Wall?
Mr. Wall.
Producer; performer.
Mr. Specter.
Where are you employed at the present time?
Mr. Wall.
At the Castaways in Las Vegas.
Mr. Specter.
What is the nature of your duties in connection with your employment at the Castaways?
Mr. Wall.
Well, I perform each night. I don't understand what you mean really.
Mr. Specter.
What sort of performing do you do?
Mr. Wall.
Comedy; musical comedy.
Mr. Specter.
How long have you been engaged in that type of activity?
Mr. Wall.
About 6 years.
Mr. Specter.
And what was your occupation before you became an entertainer?
Mr. Wall.
College student.
Mr. Specter.
How old are you at the present time?
Mr. Wall.
Twenty-seven.
Mr. Specter.
What is your educational background?
Mr. Wall.
Well, I only had 1 year of college, University of Texas.
Mr. Specter.
Where were you born?
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