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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XV - Page 244« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Joseph Rossi)

Mr. Rossi.
somebody and he felt that way he looked up to the President and thought that he was a fine President, and at any rate that's all changed.
Mr. Griffin.
All right, thank you very much, Mr. Rossi, for coming down.
Mr. Rossi.
Thank you.

Norman Earl Wright

Testimony of Norman Earl Wright

The testimony of Norman Earl Wright was taken at 9:10 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 introduce myself. My name is Burt Griffin. I am a member of the staff of the general counsel's office of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy.
I want to tell you a little bit before I administer the oath and start to ask you questions about the nature of the proceedings that we are going to have here for the next few minutes.
The Commission that I work for was set up by President Johnson under an Executive order which he issued on November 29 of last year, and also pursuant to a joint resolution of Congress.
We have been directed to investigate into and evaluate and report back to the President on all the facts that relate to the assassination of President Kennedy and the death of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Under this Executive order and joint resolution, the Commission has been given authority to promulgate certain rules and regulations. Pursuant to those rules and regulations I have been designated to take your deposition. Our particular purpose in calling you here today, as you probably well would imagine, is to find out what you know about Jack Ruby. But if you have any information about the assassination of President Kennedy or any other matters that we are inquiring into, we would like to have any of that that you can give us.
Let me ask you if you received a letter from the Commission.
Mr. Wright.
Well, the letter is in St. Louis, but I didn't receive it while I was there. I was on my way when it came to East St. Louis.
Mr. Griffin.
I should tell you under the rules of the Commission you are entitled to receive written notice from us 3 days before you appear here, and I would ask you at this point if you are willing to go forward without actually having received the letter.
Mr. Wright.
Yes. I spent a lot of money on this.
Mr. Griffin.
Do you have any questions about this proceeding before I administer the oath?
Mr. Wright.
None whatsoever, because I have been through this with the FBI quite a few times on the west coast, and I imagine it is along similar lines.
Mr. Griffin.
Let me ask you to raise your right hand. 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. Wright.
I do.
Mr. Griffin.
Will you state to the reporter your full name?
Mr. Wright.
My full name is Norman Earl Wright. My stage name is Earl Norman.
Mr. Griffin.
Where do you presently live?
Mr. Wright.
I live at 8820 Bermuda Street, Caseyville, Ill.
Mr. Griffin.
Were you living in Dallas in the fall of 1963?
Mr. Wright.
Yes. My family was here. I will explain that. I lived here, but the week of the Friday the President was killed, I opened at the Club in California the night he was killed, on that day, which would be bet 22.
Mr. Griffin.
Where had you been working in Dallas previous to that?
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