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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XV - Page 206« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of James Thomas Aycox)

Mr. Aycox.
Joe had a style of his own, so Leonard wanted to play behind Joe's style. So Mr. Ruby tried to point out to Leonard to pick up a style of his own, because Joe was gone and he got another job, and to try to pick up a style and quit trying to sell Joe, because he would be just helping Joe.
Joe left, and then people come out, and Leonard kept trying to play Joe's pattern, but we didn't have the band, because we didn't know how Joe played and everybody had a different style, and Leonard kept wanting to play behind Joe, because he had been working with Joe.
Mr. Griffin.
How did Joe happen to quit?
Mr. Aycox.
I don't know why he quit or nothing like that, but I just heard he was going to quit, and maybe he got a job paying more money.
Mr. Griffin.
On how many Sundays during the time you were with Ruby did Mr. Ruby come out to the club and give you instructions?
Mr. Aycox.
I think about 3. I don't think I stayed there over 3 weeks, maybe.
Mr. Griffin.
Did he come out every Sunday?
Mr. Aycox.
He come out every Sunday.
Mr. Griffin.
When did you rehearse on Sundays?
Mr. Aycox.
Well, suppose to rehearse from about 1 o'clock to 3. Sometimes from 1:30 to 2:30, something like that. Sometimes we rehearsed to 3.
Mr. Griffin.
Did he come out and stay the entire time?
Mr. Aycox.
Yes; he came out. Sometimes he might be there a little earlier than the band, or maybe the band might get there a little early, but he would be out there to open up, and then we were rehearsing.
Mr. Griffin.
I want to hand you what I have marked for the purpose of identification as James Aycox Depositon, July 24, 1964, Exhibit No. 1. This is a document that consists of two pages, and it purports to be a copy of an interview report prepared by FBI Agent Hughes, who had this interview with you on December 14, 1963. Take your time and read it over. I want to know whether that is an accurate report of what you told him on December 14.
Mr. Aycox.
(reading report). This was not the fellow. There was another fellow here that was a member of the band. There were five of us.
Mr. Griffin.
Who was the fifth fellow?
Mr. Aycox.
Milton Thomas.
Mr. Griffin.
Is that Brother Bear?
Mr. Aycox.
This is right [returning document].
Mr. Griffin.
If that is all right, then if you would sign it on the first page where I have marked.
Mr. Aycox.
Right here?
Mr. Griffin.
That is all right; yes.
Mr. Aycox.
This is where you want me to sign?
Mr. Griffin.
You can sign it near the top where I put the marks on the page.
Mr. Aycox.
(signing). Both pages?
Mr. Griffin.
Why don't you initial the second page?
Mr. Aycox.
Initial this one?
Mr. Griffin.
Yes; just put your initials there. (Mr. Aycox initials.)
Mr. Griffin.
Thank you very much. I appreciate your coming in this morning.

Thomas Stewart Palmer
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Testimony of Thomas Stewart Palmer

The .testimony of Thomas Stewart Palmer, was taken at 10:25 a.m., on July 24, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Burt W. Griffin, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. Griffin.
Let me start by introducing myself again. I am Burt Griffin, and I am a member of the general counsel staff of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy.
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