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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 285« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Lee E. , Jr. Bowers)

Mr. Ball.
Where is that located with reference to the corner of Elm and Houston?
Mr. Bowers.
It is west and north of this corner, and as to distances, I really don't know. It is within 50 yards of the back of the School Depository Building, or less.
Mr. BALL. Did you say that it is built on higher ground, the base of the tower on higher ground than around Houston and Elm ?
Mr. Bowers.
Approximately the same.
Mr. Ball.
Same? It is higher ground than Elm as it recedes down under the triple underpass?
Mr. Bowers.
Yes, sir; considerably.
Mr. BALL. And the base of your tower is about the same height as the triple underpass, isn't it?
Mr. Bowers.
Mr. BALL. Now, can you tell me why you refer to that as a triple underpass? In our conversation here before you were sworn your description--you described it as a triple underpass.
Mr. BOWERS. It is just a local connotation for it since there are three streets that run under it.
Mr. Ball.
I see. And how many sets of tracks do you control from your tower?
Mr. Bowers.
There are about 11 tracks in the station and 2 freight tracks.
Mr. BALL. That would be 13 tracks that is, the tracks altogether, that pass in front of your tower?
Mr. BOWERS. Yes; of course where the tracks converge and cross and split off to various railroad yards---
Mr. Ball.
And the tracks are to the north and west of your tower, aren't they?
Mr. Bowers.
Well, the tracks are west, but they proceed in all directions, I they are both north and south.
Mr. Ball.
Now, you were on duty on November 22, 1963, weren't you?
Mr. Bowers.
That's correct.
Mr. BALL: Close to noon, did you make any observation of the area around between your tower and Elm Street?
Mr. BOWERS. Yes; because of the fact that the area had been covered by police for some 2 hours. Since approximately 10 o'clock in the morning traffic had been cut off into the area so that anyone moving around could actually be observed. Since I had worked there for a number of years I was familiar with most of the people who came in and out of the area.
Mr. Ball.
Did you notice any cars around there?
Mr. Bowers.
Yes; there were three cars that came in during the time from around noon until the time of the shooting.
Mr. Ball.
Came in where?

Mr. BOWERS. They came into the vicinity of the tower, which was at the extension of Elm Street, which runs in front of the School Depository, 'and which there is no way out. It is not a through street to anywhere.
Mr. Ball.
There is parking area behind the School Depository, between that building and your tower?
Mr. BOWERS. Two or three railroad tracks and a small amount of parking area for the employees.
Mr. Ball.
And the first came along that you noticed about what time of day ?

Mr. BOWERS. I do not recall the exact time, but I believe this was approximately 12:10, wouldn't be too far off.
Mr. Ball.
And the car you noticed, when you noticed the car, where was it?
Mr. Bowers.
The car proceeded in front of the School Depository down across 2 or 3 tracks and circled the area in front of the tower, and to the west of the tower, and, as if he was searching for a way out, or was checking the area, and then proceeded back through the only way he could, the same outlet he came into.
Mr. Ball.
The place where Elm dead ends?

Mr. BOWERS. That's right. Back in front of the School Depository was the only way he could get out. And I lost sight of him, I couldn't watch him.
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