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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. III - Page 322« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Helen Markham)

Mr. Dulles.
You might stand for just a moment, Mr. Scoggins. The witnesses are sworn before they can give testimony before this Commission.
Do you swear, Mr. Scoggins, that the testimony that you will give before this Commission is the truth, the whole truth, so help you God?
Mr. Scoggins.
To the best of my knowledge; yes.
Mr. Dulles.
Be seated, please.
Mr. Scoggins.
The Commission is taking testimony, and the Chief Justice asked me to preside in his absence, he has to be away in the Court this morning.
The purpose of today's hearing is to hear your testimony and that of certain others who were in the vicinity of the shooting of Officer Tippit, and we will want your testimony on that particular point this morning.
Will you proceed?
Mr. Ball.
Mr. Belin is going to examine this witness.
Mr. Dulles.
Mr. Belin will carry on the examination on behalf of the Commission.
Will you proceed, please?

William W. Scoggins

Testimony of William W. Scoggins

Mr. Belin.
Yes, sir. Will you please state your name, sir, for the record.
Mr. Scoggins.
William W. Scoggins.
Mr. Belin.
Where do you live, Mr. Scoggins?
Mr. Scoggins.
3138 Alaska.
Mr. Belin.
In what city and State is that?
Mr. Scoggins.
Dallas.
Mr. Belin.
Dallas, Tex.?
Mr. Scoggins.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
How old a gentleman are you?
Mr. Scoggins.
Forty-nine.
Mr. Belin.
What is your occupation?
Mr. Scoggins.
Taxicab driver, operator.
Mr. Belin.
For what company?
Mr. Scoggins.
The Dallas Transit Go. I drive out of Oak Cliff.
Mr. Belin.
You drive out of Oak Cliff?
Mr. Scoggins.
Yes, sir; Oak Cliff, yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Where were you born, Mr. Scoggins?
Mr. Scoggins.
Hillsboro, Hill County.
Mr. Belin.
Is that in Texas?
Mr. Scoggins.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Did you go to school there?
Mr. Scoggins.
Well, I went most of the time in McLennan County; most of my schooling was down in McLennan County.
Mr. Belin.
How far did you get through school before you started to work?
Mr. Scoggins.
Eighth grade.
Mr. Belin.
Now what did you do after school?
Mr. Scoggins.
Well, while I was going to school, and that time we lived on a farm, you know, and then after that, well, that would be a hard problem there. I left home when I was rather young, stayed with some of my brothers some, and then done odd jobs around for quite a while. My first job, I guess you might say, would be automobile paint job.
Mr. Belin.
Automobile paint job?
Mr. Scoggins.
Yes, New York City.
Mr. Belin.
New York City. How long did you stay in New York?
Mr. Scoggins.
Approximately 3 years.
Mr. Belin.
And then where did you go?
Mr. Scoggins.
I went back to Texas.
Mr. Belin.
Then what did you do there?
Mr. Scoggins.
Done farmwork.
Mr. Belin.
And about how long did you do farmwork, approximately?
Mr. Scoggins.
Well now, after-let's see, my life was kind of mixed up. I have been around quite a while in different places and things. After I
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