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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. III - Page 318« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Helen Markham)

Mrs. Markham.
No, sir. He wasn't too heavy.
Mr. Ball.
Is it your memory that his hair was bushy?
Mrs. Markham.
It wasn't so bushy. It was, say, windblown or something.
What I mean, he didn't have a lot of hair.
Mr. Ball.
He didn't have a lot of hair?
Mrs. Markham.
No, sir; that I could see. I don't even know that man; I never talked to nobody.
Representative Ford.
You didn't talk to him by telephone or any other means?
Mrs. Markham.
No, sir.
Representative Ford.
Did you ever get an anonymous phone call from a person who asked you these questions?
Mrs. Markham.
No.
Mr. Ball.
Now, he also says, and he testified as follows:
"Helen Markham said to me she was taken to the police station on that same day, that she was very upset. She, of course, had never seen anyone killed in front of her eyes before, and in the police station she identified Oswald as the person who had shot Officer Tippit in the lineup, including three other persons. She said no one pointed Oswald out to her, and she said she was just shown four people, and she picked Oswald. She said when he asked her how she could identify him, she said she was able to identify him because of his clothing, a gray jacket and dark trousers."
Did you ever make that statement to him?
Mrs. Markham.
I did not, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Or to anyone else?
Mrs. Markham.
Not to anybody.
Mr. Ball.
When you identified Oswald--it was the number 2 man--were you told the number 2 man whom you identified in the lineup?
Mrs. Markham.
No, I was not.
Mr. Ball.
Were you ever told his name?
Mrs. Markham.
No.
Mr. Ball.
Ever told his name later?
Mrs. Markham.
Nobody, nobody told me nothing.
Mr. Ball.
Well, the man that you identified as the number 2 man in the lineup in the police station, you identified him as the man you had seen shoot Officer Tippit?
Mrs. Markham.
Yes, I did.
Mr. Ball.
Did you identify him because of his clothing that he had on at that time in the lineup.
Mrs. Markham.
Just like I told you. I mostly looked at his face, his eyes, and his clothing, too.
Mr. Ball.
He said here you were able to identify him, Mark Lane testified that you told him you were able to identify him because of his clothing, a gray jacket. First, did the man in the lineup have a gray jacket on?
Mrs. Markham.
No, sir.
Mr. Ball.
What did he have on?
Mrs. Markham.
He had on this light shirt, dark trousers.
Mr. Dulles.
You have considered your answers very carefully, have you, on this point?
Mrs. Markham.
I am doing my best.
Mr. Dulles.
Yes, I know you are, and you are quite sure you never talked to anyone who purported to be Mr. Lane?
Mrs. Markham.
Never in my life. I talked to two men, and this man who told me he was from Paris, France. He came down on my job. I was scared to death. I wasn't going to talk to him. I work for a Greek.
Mr. Dulles.
Let's get this a little more clearly, Mrs. Markham. You say you talked with someone who came from France?
Mrs. Markham.
Yes.
Mr. Dulles.
Did he represent a French newspaper?
Mrs. Markham.
Yes.
Mr. Dulles.
You don't know what newspaper?
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