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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. IV - Page 260« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of J. C. Day)

Mr. Day.
It has my name "J. C. Day" scratched on the stock.
Mr. Belin.
And on the stock you are pointing to your name which is scratched as you would hold the rifle and rest it on the stock, approximately an inch or so from the bottom of the stock on the sling side of the stock, is that correct?
Mr. Day.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Do you have any recollection as to what the serial number was of that?
Mr. Day.
Yes, sir; I recorded it at the time, C--2566.
Mr. Belin.
Before you say that----
Mr. Day.
C-2766, excuse me.
Mr. Belin.
Do you have any record of that with you or not?
Mr. Day.
Yes, sir; this is the record I made of the gun when I took it back office. Now, the gun did not leave my possession.
Mr. Belin.
From the time it was found at the School Book Depository Building?
Mr. Day.
Yes, sir; I took the gun myself and retained possession, took it to the office where I dictated----
Mr. Belin.
Could you just read into the record what you dictated.
Mr. Day.
To my secretary. She wrote on the typewriter: "4 x 18, coated, Ordinance Optics, Inc., Hollywood, California, 010 Japan. OSC inside a cloverleaf design."
Mr. Belin.
What did that have reference to?
Mr. Day.
That was stamped on the scopic sight on top of the gun. On the gun itself, "6.5 caliber C-2766, 1940 made in Italy." That was what was on the gun.
I dictated certain other stuff, other information, for her to type for me.
Mr. Belin.
Well, you might just as well dictate the rest there.
Mr. Day.
"When bolt opened one live round was in the barrel. No prints are on the live round. Captain Fritz and Lieutenant Day opened the barrel. Captain Fritz has the live round. Three spent hulls were found under the window. They were picked up by Detective Sims and witnessed by Lieutenant Day and Studebaker. The clip is stamped 'SMI, 9 x 2.'"
Mr. Belin.
Could you tell us what other processing you did with this particular rifle?
Mr. Day.
Beg pardon?
Mr. Belin.
What other processing did you do with this particular rifle?
Mr. Day.
I took it to the office and tried to bring out the two prints I had seen on the side of the gun at the bookstore. They still were rather unclear. Due to the roughness of the metal, I photographed them rather than try to lift them.
I could also see a trace of a print on the side of the barrel that extended under the woodstock. I started to take the woodstock off and noted traces of a palmprint near the firing end of the barrel about 3 inches under the wood-stock when I took the woodstock loose.
Mr. Belin.
You mean 3 inches from the small end of the woodstock?
Mr. Day.
Right--yes, sir.
Mr. Mccloy.
From the firing end of the barrel, you mean the muzzle?
Mr. Day.
The muzzle; yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Let me clarify the record. By that you mean you found it on the metal or you mean you found it on the wood?
Mr. Day.
On the metal, after removing the wood.
Mr. Belin.
The wood. You removed the wood, and then underneath the wood is where you found the print?
Mr. Day.
On the bottom side of the barrel which was covered by the wood, I found traces of a palmprint. I dusted these and tried lifting them, the prints, with scotch tape in the usual manner. A faint palmprint came off.
I could still see traces of the print under the barrel and was going to try to use photography to bring off or bring out a better print. About this time I received instructions from the chief's office to go no further with the processing, it was to be released to the FBI for them to complete. I did not process the underside of the barrel under the scopic sight, did not get to this area of the gun.
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