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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. IV - Page 279« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of J. C. Day)

Mr. Mccloy.
Thursday, April 23, 1964

Testimony of Lyndal L. Shaneyfelt, Robert Inman , Bouck

Testimony of Lyndal L. Shaneyfelt

Mr. Mccloy.
The President's Commission met at 9:10 a.m. on April 23, 1964, at 200 Maryland Avenue NE., Washington, D.C.
Present were Chief Justice Earl Warren, Chairman; Senator John Sherman Cooper, Representative Gerald R. Ford, John J. McCloy, and Allen W. Dulles, members.
Also present were Melvin Aron Eisenberg, assistant counsel; Samuel A. Stern, assistant counsel; Howard P. Willens, assistant counsel; Charles Murray, observer; and Dean Robert G. Storey, special counsel to the attorney general of Texas
Lyndal L. Shaneyfelt
Mr. Mccloy.
Do you solemnly swear the testimony you give in this case, this hearing, will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so held you God?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
I do.
Mr. Mccloy.
You know why we are here? It is to ascertain all the facts and circumstances which seem to be relevant to the assassination of the President and the death of his alleged assassin, and there are certain identifications which I believe you can be helpful to us with, and with that I will just ask you to respond to the questions.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Mr. Shaneyfelt, can you state your full name, please?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
Yes, Lyndal L. Shaneyfelt.
(At this point, the Chief Justice entered the hearing room.)
Mr. Eisenberg.
Can you give us your position?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
I am a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, assigned to the FBI laboratory.
Mr. Eisenberg.
What unit?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
I am in the document section of the FBI Laboratory here in Washington.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Does your work in that section customarily include photographic work as well as written documents?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
That is true.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Could you briefly give us your qualifications as an expert in photography, Mr. Shaneyfelt?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
Yes; I have been in photographic work since about 1937. I started working with the FBI in 1940. Three years prior to this I had worked as a newspaper photographer in Hastings, Nebr., and on entering the FBI I worked in the photographic section of the FBI for about 8 years before I became a special agent. I became an agent in 1951, spent a year in Detroit as a field investigator, and then was returned to the laboratory and assigned as a document examiner. I was also assigned cases involving photographic examinations, because of my extensive experience in photography.
I have a B.C.S. degree from Southeastern University here in Washington.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Can you estimate the number of photographic examinations you have made?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
This would be just an estimate. I would estimate approximately 100, between 100 and 300. I couldn't come any closer than that.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Have you testified in court on the subject?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
Yes; I have.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Mr. Chairman, may this witness testify as an expert in the area of photography?
Mr. Mccloy.
Yes; I think he is qualified.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Mr. Shaneyfelt, I now hand you two small photographs which have been already marked "Commission Exhibit 133," and I ask you whether you are familiar with these photographs?
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