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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. III - Page 274« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Robert A. Reid)

Mrs. Reid.
All right.
Mr. Belin.
Before you turned and went back into the building did you---did Mr. Campbell say anything to you?
Mrs. Reid.
He said, "Oh, Mrs. Reid, no, it came from the grassy area down this way," and that was the last I said to him.
Mr. Belin.
All right. When he said "this way" which direction was he pointing?
Mrs. Reid.
Well, I hope I get my directions. In the direction of the parade was going, in the bottom of that direction
Mr. Belin.
Now, did you look around after the shots and notice what people were doing?
Mrs. Reid.
Well, it was just a mass of confusion. I saw people beginning to fall, and the thought that went through my mind, my goodness I must get out of this line of shots, they may fire some more. And don't ask me why I went into the building because I don't know.
Mr. Belin.
Did you see anything else of people running or doing anything else?
Mrs. Reid.
No; because I ran into the building. I do not recall seeing anyone in the lobby. I ran up to our office.
Mr. Belin.
All right.
Mr. Dulles.
Just 1 second there. How long after the third shot did you run into the building?
Mr. Belin.
Mr. Dulles, we did a reconstruction on that time sequence on Friday and I am going to come to that as soon as I get the route first.
Mr. Dulles.
Right.
Mr. Belin.
You went into the building in the main lobby?
Mrs. Reid.
Yes; I did.
Mr. Belin.
Did you take the elevator or the stairs?
Mrs. Reid.
No; I went up the stairs.
Mr. Belin.
Was this the front stairs or the back stairs?
Mrs. Reid.
No; the front stairs.
Mr. Belin.
All right. You went up through the stairs and then what did you do?
Mrs. Reid.
I went into the office.
Mr. Belin.
You went into your office?
Mrs. Reid.
Yes.
Mr. Belin.
And then what did you do?
Mrs. Reid.
Well, I kept walking and I looked up and Oswald was coming in the back door of the office. I met him by the time I passed my desk several feet and I told him, I said, "Oh, the President has been shot, but maybe they didn't hit him."
He mumbled something to me, I kept walking, he did, too. I didn't pay any attention to what he said because I had no thoughts of anything of him having any connection with it at all because he was very calm. He had gotten a coke and was holding it in his hands and I guess the reason it impressed me seeing him in there I thought it was a little strange that one of -the warehouse boys would be up in the office at the time, not that he had done anything wrong. The only time I had seen him in the office was to come and get change and he already had his coke in his hand so he didn't come for change and I dismissed him. I didn't think anything else.
Mr. Belin.
When you saw him, I believe you said you first saw him when he was coming through the door?
Mrs. Reid.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Turning to Exhibit 497, what doorway was it where you first saw him?
Mrs. Reid.
Right here.
Mr. Belin.
You are pointing to the doorway between numbers 27 and 28?
Mrs. Reid.
That is right.
Mr. Belin.
On Exhibit 497?
Mrs. Reid.
That is right.
Mr. Belin.
Where were you when you saw him in that doorway?
Mrs. Reid.
I was coming right through here.
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