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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 283« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of James Elbert Romack)

Mr. Romack.
concerned about this thing all the way through, the assassination, and I got to reading it, and it is a story that just don't jibe with about me sitting there and watching the building. It just kind of upset me to know there is some monkey just hatched up such a story.
Mr. Belin.
What is the story that you read that you got concerned about?
Mr. Romack.
About a guy seeing a rifle drawn in from the building above him, and he also seen the people as the shots were being fired, and he also seen some character running toward me with an overcoat on which was brown or gray or blue, and he heard 4 shots.
Mr. Belin.
Let me ask you this. Do you remember what page of the paper this was on?

Mr. ROMACK. It was on the headlines. I don't mean the headlines. It was on the front page in the left corner of the page.
Mr. BELIN. Now you say something concerned you about the article. Was it the fact that he said he saw a rifle there that concerned you?
Mr. ROMACK. No, sir; the fact that he was running somebody over me, and that is what I was out there doing. That is what I was doing. I was watching.
Mr. Belin.
You mean the portion of the article that concerned you was that someone said that someone else was running?
Mr. Romack.
Towards Pacific Street.
Mr. BELIN. Towards Pacific Street from the direction of the School Book Depository?
Mr. Romack.
That is the way the article read, sir.
Mr. Belin.
What did you tell the FBI when you called them?

Mr. ROMACK. I told them, tried to tell them about the same thing that I am telling you right now today.
Mr. BELIN. Have I ever mentioned before, by the way, or talked to you before this morning?
Mr. Romack.
No, sir.
Mr. BELIN. What is the fact as to whether or not as soon as we met, you came in here and we started taking your deposition immediately?
Mr. Romack.
Right. Unless you called me last Saturday. I don't remember who called me.
Mr. BELIN. Well, on Saturday, what did someone do, call you and tell you to come down here?
Mr. Romack.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Did that person talk to .you about the facts that we were talking about now?
Mr. Romack.
No, sir.
Mr. Belin.
It wasn't I, just for the record. I believe it was the Secret Service that called you, but I am not sure.

Mr. ROMACK. It was.
Mr. BELIN. Now, I understand your testimony correctly, what you are stating is that you don't believe anyone ran out of the building towards you, at least within the first 5 minutes after the shots?
Mr. Romack.

Mr. BELIN. You don't think anyone went out of the building during the first 5 minutes after the shots?
Mr. Romack.
That is true.
Mr. Belin.
Is there anything else, any other information you have that you feel might be helpful to the investigation of the assassination?
Mr. Romack.
I can't think of anything, sir.
Mr. BELIN. Well, we want to thank you very much for taking the time to come down here. We appreciate your cooperation, and certainly your cooperation particularly in volunteering to call the FBI to contact them for this information.
Mr. ROMACK. Well, I felt that---I called an attorney that I know and talked to him about the deal before I called the FBI, and I told him I wasn't doing this for a publicity thing. It was something I just didn't, after reading that article, it kind of upset me, and he said he felt it was my duty to call the FBI and let them know.
And that is when I went ahead and made my statement.
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