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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XV - Page 131« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Jesse E. Curry)

Mr. Hubert.
Chief CURRY. Yes.
Mr. Hubert.
Now if he were taken to a lineup or showup, would a Tempo be made there?
Chief CURRY. No, sir; because let me put it this way. If he was brought from the jail to go to the showup, a Tempo would be probably issued then.
Mr. Hubert.
If custody were transferred?
Chief CURRY. Pardon me, let me restate this. In a general showup, the bureau that wants a person shown up notifies the jail personnel. The jail personnel gets the people together, the wanted person and two or three others similarly dressed, or people of the same nature and general build and so forth, out of the jail and takes them to the showup and then returns them to the jail. All this time they are in the custody of the jail personnel, so it would not be necessary to make out a Tempo on it.
Now at other times the prisoner could be in custody of a certain bureau and they could decide to show him up and they could have some detectives stand in with him, and there would be no need for the jail personnel to handle it at all on this basis, nor would it be necessary to get a Tempo, because he would already be out on a Tempo.
Mr. Hubert.
Do you recall at any time that you told the news media that the basement route would be used specifically?
Chief CURRY. Not specifically.
Mr. Hubert.
Do you remember that, I think it was late on the night of the 22d or early on the morning of the 23d, there was a conversation with the press and yourself and the district attorney and Oswald in the assembly room?
As I recall it, the press had asked you "when can we see him" and so forth, and there was some discussion of how it would be done, and there was a great crowd around, and someone suggested another place. And I think you conferred with Mr. Wade, and it was decided to comply with this press request by using a larger room, to wit, the assembly room, and they all went down to it and subsequently you all came in. Was any kind of control or identification system used for entry into the assembly room?
Chief CURRY. Not into that room; no, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
In other words, all those who were within the building or within the third floor went in?
Chief CURRY. That is where this discussion was held or where the announcement was made that there would be a showup in the police assembly room. It was made up on the third floor.
Mr. Hubert.
That was made a.t the request of the press?
Chief CURRY. Yes.
Mr. Hubert.
It was held really at the request of the press?
Chief CURRY. Yes, sir; I remember that I asked Mr. Wade if he thought it would be all right, and he said he didn't see anything wrong with it.
Mr. Hubert.
I understand also that you told the press that--
Chief CURRY. They must not ask any questions and try to interview him in any way.
Mr. Hubert.
Or you would terminate?
Chief CURRY. And I did terminate it very quickly, because when Oswald was brought into the room, immediately they began to shoot questions at him and shove microphones into h{s face, and we kept him there a very short time, and I told them to take him away, take him back up to the jail, and they did. Mr. Wade remained in the room with the reporters after that. I left when the prisoner left.
Mr. Hubert.
Now do you know of the fact that a tape recording device was placed on the telephone of Mayor Cabell to pick up really any threatening calls that might be received by him? Are you aware of that?
Chief CURRY. I believe that we did that. I think our special services bureau went to his house.
Mr. Hubert.
Is that tape recording of those calls still in existence?
Chief CURRY. I suppose it is, sure. It wouldn't be destroyed.
Mr. Hubert.
I suppose we may assume also that had there been anything of significance, it would have been reported?
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