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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XV - Page 571« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Arthur William Watherwax)

Mr. Hubert.
Did you consider him to be an intelligent person ?
Mr. Watherwax.
Who--Ruby?
Mr. Hubert.
Yes?
Mr. Watherwax.
No; I don't think so. Of course, I only knew him casually.
Mr. Hubert.
Did you observe anything about him which would throw light on his character in the sense of whether he had a hot temper or not?
Mr. Watherwax.
Well, I have taken some of his strippers home in the cab,
and the few that I had, said that he had a reputation of that.
Mr. Hubert.
He did not?
Mr. Watherwax.
No; they said he would hire and fire and hire and fire, you know, so evidently he had a pretty quick temper.
Mr. Hubert.
And that you gathered from the strippers that you had occasion to have as fares?
Mr. Watherwax.
Yes.
Mr. Hubert.
From the Carousel to their home?
Mr. Watherwax.
Yes.
Mr. Hubert.
They expressed that view to you or talking among themselves?
Mr. Watherwax.
To me---I only had them as singles. I didn't ride the group.
Mr. Hubert.
Did they indicate that he made any sexual advances toward them?
Mr. Watherwax.
One of them told me that that was one of the reasons there was such a big turnover, that that was part of the job-that when they were hired, that was part of the job--almost understood to be part of the job.
Mr. Hubert.
You mean that they would have to have sexual intercourse with

him ?
Mr. Watherwax.
Yes; that's what she said.
Mr. Hubert.
One woman told you that?
Mr. Watherwax.
Yes; she said that if you didn't, he would fire you.
Mr. Hubert.
You don't know who that was, do you ?
Mr. Watherwax.
No; I don't.
Mr. Hubert.
How long ago was that ?
Mr. Watherwax.
Its been about a year and a half. I know I was sorta surprised because he never appeared to be that type to me.
Mr. Hubert.
Did he appear to be a normal type man sexually to you or did you ever notice any traits which you considered homosexual?
Mr. Watherwax.
He just never talked about it.
Mr. Hubert.
You didn't consider that he was homosexual?
Mr. Watherwax.
No.
Mr. Hubert.
I think that's all, sir. Now, Mr. Watherwax, have you anything further you wish to add that might throw any light on this ?
Mr. Watherwax.
That's about all I can say.
Mr. Hubert.
I don't think there has been any conversation between us except that which has been recorded here, because if there is, we are supposed to develop it, but as a matter of fact, except for introducing myself as you walked into the room, all of our conversation has been recorded?
Mr. Watherwax.
Yes.
Mr. Hubert.
Thank you, sir, very much, and I appreciate your coming down.
Mr. Watherwax.
You're welcome.

Billy A. Rea
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Testimony of Billy A. Rea

The testimony of Billy A. Rea was taken at 12:20 p.m., on June 26, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Leon D. Hubert, Jr., assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. Hubert.
This is the deposition of Billy A. Rea.
Mr. Rea, my name is Leon Hubert. I am a member of the advisory staff of the general counsel on the President's Commission on the Assassination of
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