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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XV - Page 88« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Seth Kantor)

Mr. Kantor.
I was in approximately the middle of the room, standing on a table, which did put me in a position of being more to the rear of the group.
Mr. Hubert.
Did you see anyone else standing on a table?
Mr. Kantor.
Yes, sir; quite a few were standing on tables. Photographers took up choice positions immediately in front of Oswald, as he was led in. In order both to hear and see I think the majority of people were standing on tables.
Mr. Hubert.
I have no further questions.
Mr. Griffin.
When did you first report to your newspaper that you had seen Ruby at Parkland Hospital?
Mr. Kantor.
Again, I telephoned Charles Egger at about 1:30 Sunday afternoon, told him that I was well acquainted with Jack Ruby, and had seen him at the hospital. He said, "That sounds like a pretty good story for tomorrow." I waited until sometime during the evening to write it simply because we didn't know what was going to happen next.
Mr. Griffin.
Did you notify any police department officials that you had seen him at Parkland Hospital?
Mr. Kantor.
No; as a matter of fact, I wrote it in my story, and never said a word to anybody beyond that.
An FBI man asked me about it about 5 days later.
Mr. Griffin.
Now, Mr. Kantor, would you look over the two diagrams we have been talking about, Exhibit No. 1 and Exhibit No. 2, and if those are correct in terms of what we have been talking about, would you sign them?
Mr. Kantor.
Yes; I would be happy to.
Mr. Griffin.
And please date it, also.
Mr. Kantor.
Surely.
Mr. Griffin.
Let the record reflect that Mr. Kantor has signed Deposition Exhibits Nos. 1 and 2 and dated them.
The taking of the deposition is recessed until a time tomorrow afternoon to be arranged to suit the convenience of Mr. Kantor.

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Testimony of Seth Kantor Resumed

The testimony of Seth Kantor was taken at 5:10 p.m., on June 3, 1964, at 200 Maryland Avenue NE., Washington, D.C., by Messrs. Burt W. Griffin and Leon D. Hubert, Jr., assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. Griffin.
At the outset let me ask you if it is agreeable with you that the oath and the formalities which we went through originally yesterday will continue to prevail at this point in the deposition, that you understand it is a continuation.
Mr. Kantor.
I understand I am still under oath.
Mr. Griffin.
All right, fine. When we recessed yesterday we had asked you to check on certain notes and documents. I want to ask you before we get into .that, however, one final question in respect to what we did cover yesterday, arid r want to ask you to search your mind and tell us what doubts, if you have any, that you might have that the man who you have identified as Jack Ruby, Parkland Hospital on November 22 was indeed Jack Ruby.
Mr. Kantor.
Well, I would like to say that a little more than 6 months have passed and I think I have doubted almost anything in searching my memory which has happened over a period of 6 months or more in my lifetime. I think if you think about something a good deal you wonder whether it actually happened.
However, I was indelibly sure at the time and have continued to be so that the man who stopped me and with whom I talked was Jack Ruby. I feel strongly about it because I had known Jack Ruby and he did call me by my first name as he came up behind me, and at that moment under the circumstances it was a fairly normal conversation.
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