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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XIV - Page 615« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Breck Wall (Billy Wilson) Ray)

Mr. Specter.
Did you make any effort to telephone Ralph Paul anytime on November 22 or 23?
Mr. Wall.
No, sir.
Mr. Specter.
Or November 24?
Mr. Wall.
No, sir. I wouldn't even know how to get ahold of the man.
Mr. Specter.
Mr. Wall, if you wish, we can make available the typed-up copy of this deposition for you to read and sign, or if you are willing, you can waive that signature which means that you will not read and sign the transcript. Do you have any preference on the subject?
Mr. Wall.
I will do whatever is the easiest for you all and the best way.
Mr. Specter.
Are you willing then to waive your reading and signature?
Mr. Wall.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Specter.
Fine. We appreciate that. We will then accept your waiver. It may or may not be available for you to read and sign. Thank you very much for your appearing here today.

Joseph Alexander Peterson

Testimony of Joseph Alexander Peterson

The testimony of Joseph Alexander Peterson was taken at 3:45 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 present at this time is Mr. Joseph Peterson. Mr. Peterson, the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy has asked you to appear so the we may take your deposition concerning any knowledge you have of Mr. Jack Ruby, his activities during the period around the assassination of President Kennedy, and any of his associates. With that preliminary statement of purpose, would you stand up and raise • your right hand, please?
Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you shall give in this proceeding before the President's Commission shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Peterson.
I do.
Mr. Specter.
Would you state your full name?
Mr. Peterson.
Joseph Alexander Peterson.
Mr. Specter.
Have you ever been known by any other name?
Mr. Peterson.
Joseph Jablonka.
Mr. Specter.
Was that the name under which you were born, sir?
Mr. Peterson.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Specter.
You say that has been legally changed?
Mr. Peterson.
Legally changed. My stepfather's name is Walter Peterson.
Mr. Specter.
When was your name changed from Jablonka to Peterson?
Mr. Peterson.
November 1965. I remember that well because that was when I was married.
Mr. Specter.
November of what?
Mr. Peterson.
19 excuse me, 1946.
Mr. Specter.
What is your birthday?
Mr. Peterson.
February 14, 1924.
Mr. Specter.
Where were you born?
Mr. Peterson.
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mr. Specter.
Where have you lived since the time you were born?
Mr. Peterson.
Let's see, now. I have lived in Flatbush, Rogers Avenue, 649 Rogers Avenue, and----
Mr. Specter.
Until when?
Mr. Peterson.
Wait a minute. Before that, 280 19th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mr. Specter.
How long did you live in Brooklyn altogether?
Mr. Peterson.
The family; all our lives. Me, I went in the service, came out, went to Jacksonville, Fla.
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