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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XV - Page 266« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Russell Lee Moore ( ) Knight)

Mr. Knight.
I was supposed to go on at 7. I guess I was about maybe 20 minutes late. About 5 minutes till 7.
Mr. Griffin.
You were up at the police department till 5 minutes of 7?
Mr. Knight.
Yes. We had continuous news coverage. I actually didn't go on my own camera.
Mr. Griffin.
If Jack Ruby had been up in the hallway at that time, would you have seen him as a result of your walking around?
Mr. Knight.
I'm sure I would have.
Mr. Griffin.
Do you think you would have remembered it now?
Mr. Knight.
Yes, but I did not see him.
Mr. Griffin.
Do you know a fellow by the name of Jenkins from KBOX?
Mr. Knight.
Yes, not personally but I have met him.
Mr. Griffin.
Would you recognize him?
Mr. Knight.
Yes and no. I met so many. I think he was a short fellow but I'm not quite sure.
Mr. Griffin.
Do you have any information that Ruby received any assistance from anybody in connection with the shooting of Oswald?
Mr. Knight.
No, no. I have another little item here you might be interested in. His sister, Eva Grant.
Mr. Griffin.
Yes. Tell us about that.
Mr. Knight.
She wouldn't make a statement through the press until,-she wanted to contact me, or Joe Long or Gordon McLendon or somebody with KLIF. So she did get a hold of me through the station and they gave me or gave her, and I don't know, this was a bonehead play on our receptionist's part, the receptionist gave her my home number, and since I didn't get back in town, naturally after the killing, until Monday night, I didn't get it until I went in to work at 7 o'clock Monday night. And I had a little message on the phone, "Eva Grant is trying to get hold of you, would you please call this number" and so forth. So evidently our receptionist at the station didn't know who Eva Grant was. And I had met Eva Grant with Jack. I think she was out at the Cotton-Bowling Palace a couple of times. And I had been in the place that she had. She had another nightclub. It was just a dance place, male and female clientele. I had been in there with two other diskjockeys one night we met her originally. I can't think of the name of it.
But anyway, she wanted to make a statement so I called this number on the spindle that she had given me. Somebody answered and said "She's not here"' and hung up. So I tried it again and the same thing. The voice seemed very. distraught. "She's not here" and hung up.
So I did my shift that night and the next morning I tried again because I thought this might be a very important news item. I called my boss, Gordon McLendon, about it. But I did get through to her and talked to her. And she wanted me to come over or somebody to come over. Actually didn't want us to come over because she didn't realize what she was talking about at that time or how she wanted to do it. But she wanted to make a press release over KLIF because reporters from all over the world had tried to get in touch with her and she didn't want to talk to any of them. At this point I said we would send somebody over. I remember her saying that Jack didn't know what he was doing. She believed it because it was a sincere thing. She was out of her mind, hysterical. She said the same thing on our interview tape that we have in our file, "Jack didn't know what he was doing." And she also said, "Please come down, the Dallas police are coming." So, "And bring Joe Long." And he took Gary DeLaune over and they both went over and got the interview through Eva Grant.
Mr. Griffin.
I want to hand you what I have marked as Russell Knight deposition July 24, 1964, Exhibit No. 1--this purports to be a copy of an interview report prepared by two FBI agents, Alfred D. Neeley and J. Calvin Rice. The interview took place with you on November 29, 1963. I would like you to it over, read it carefully, and then tell me whether or not there are any corrections that you would make in that, any inaccuracies in there. Let this for you. What I am really directing your attention to is whether that an accurate report of what you told them at that time, not if as a result of reflection you think there are things wrong in it.
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