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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XV - Page 235« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Herbert B. Kravitz)

Mr. Kravitz.
Well, this is an error here; Parker---that name is wrong--it should be Fred Barber, otherwise that's pretty accurate.
Mr. Griffin.
All right, let me ask you to sign it in a conspicuous spot not far from where it has ,been marked.
(Mr. Kravitz signed instrument referred to.)
Mr. Griffin.
All right; thank you very much. I have no more questions. I appreciate your coming here tonight.
Mr. Kravitz.
All right; I was glad to come.

Joseph Rossi

Testimony of Joseph Rossi

The testimony of Joseph Rossi was taken at 8:05 p.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.
I am Burt Griffin and I am a member of the general counsel's staff of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy.
We have a routine procedure of giving a little information before we start to take testimony, about what we are doing here. I should say first of all, that I should tell you that the President's Commission was. set up by Executive order of President Johnson and a joint resolution of Congress. The Commission has been directed to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy and the death of Lee Harvey Oswald and to report back to the President on the facts that we are able to determine in that connection. We have asked you to come here this evening in particular because you have known Jack Ruby and you saw him not too long before President Kennedy came to town.
I have been specifically designated under the rules of the Commission to take your testimony. You have indicated that you didn't get your letter until a day or so ago. The rules provide that you are entitled to 3 days' notice before appearing here, and I might ask you if you are willing to go ahead now without the 3 days' notice?
Mr. Rossi.
Well, what would the notice be in effect for?
Mr. Griffin.
It would just give you 3 days to get ready for it.
Mr. Rossi.
Well, I wouldn't be any readier, I don't know, if perhaps talking to a counselor or something like that; but it wouldn't necessarily gain anything--I'm just wondering why they waited this long to get to me.
Mr. Griffin.
Well, we have had a lot of work to do and we all wish we could have gotten around a little sooner than we did. If you are willing to go ahead, let me ask you to raise your right hand and be sworn.
Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Rossi.
I do.
Mr. Griffin.
Would you state your full name to the court reporter?
Mr. Rossi.
Joseph Rossi.
Mr. Griffin.
And how do you spell your last name?
Mr. Rossi.
R-o-s-s-i [spelling].
Mr. Griffin.
And where do you live now, Mr. Rossi?
Mr. Rossi.
At the present I reside at 4433 Purdue Street.
Mr. Griffin.
Is that in Dallas?
Mr. Rossi.
Dallas, Tex.
Mr. Griffin.
When were you born?
Mr. Rossi.
October 24, 1914.
Mr. Griffin.
Are you married?
Mr. Rossi.
Mr. Griffin.
What business are you in?
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