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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VII - Page 318« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of James W. Bookhout)

Mr. Bookhout.
One was about 10:35 a.m., and the second one was about 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Stern.
You do not now recall any separate interview at about 12:30 on Saturday?
Mr. Bookhout.
I don't specifically recall any separate interview at that time. I checked the record before coming over and the interviews that I have mentioned are the only ones I have in the report.
Mr. Stern.
Would you describe briefly the conditions in the corridor outside the homicide and robbery area.
Mr. Bookhout.
On November 22 and 23, the hallway in front of the homicide and robbery bureau located on the third floor of the city hall building was jammed with news media. From the elevator area to the end of the hallway, extending on past the homicide and robbery bureau entrance.
Mr. Stern.
Could you hear anything from the hallway when you were in the interrogation room?
Mr. Bookhout.
No; there were two Dallas Police officers on duty at the entrance to the homicide and robbery bureau, who required you to identify yourself being that--before being allowed entrance into the bureau. The interviews of Oswald were conducted in the private offices of Capt. J. W. Fritz, located within the same bureau, and the door to the private office was closed, and we did not hear any commotion going on outside in the halls while the interviews were in progress.
Mr. Stern.
Did Oswald ever say anything that you heard about the press and conditions in the hallway?
Mr. Bookhout.
The only thing I recall offhand is the incident mentioned previously about the press undoubtedly taking his photograph when he was going and coming from the homicide and robbery bureau.
Mr. Stern.
I think that covers all the questions I have, Mr. Bookhout. Thank you very much for coming here.
Mr. Bookhout.
You are welcome.
Mr. Stern.
If there is anything that occurs to you that I haven't asked about and you think the Commission should know, I would be delighted to have you tell me.
Mr. Bookhout.
I can't think of anything that I could add to what you have already heard.
Mr. Stern.
Now, our reporter will transcribe your testimony and can make a copy available for you to read and sign. If you think it is accurate, you can waive that if you desire, and she will then send it directly to the Commission. It makes no difference at all to the Commission which you elect.
Mr. Bookhout.
I think that as far as I am concerned, it would be all right.
Mr. Stern.
Fine. Then you will waive?
Mr. Bookhout.
My idea--the purpose only purpose I would have would be just to help you if there are any typographical errors in there.
Mr. Stern.
Fine. And thank you for coming in today.
Mr. Bookhout.
All right.

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Manning C. Clements

Testimony of Manning C. Clements

The testimony of Manning C. Clements was taken at 10:15 a.m., on April 8, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Samuel A. Stern, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. Stern.
Good morning, Mr. Clements. Will you rise and raise your right hand, please.
Do you swear that the testimony you are about to give will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Clements.
I do.
Mr. Stern.
Would you please sit down. State your name and address.
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