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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VII - Page 505« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Helen Markham)

Mr. Liebeler.
Did you ever tell anybody that this man who shot Officer Tippit was short and stocky and had bushy hair?
Mrs. Markham.
No. [Handed instruments to Mr. Liebeler.]
Mr. Liebeler.
You have brought a couple of pieces of paper here that you want me to look at?
Mrs. Markham.
Please--this here doesn't make sense and let me show you--I don't know what to think about it, but I got this, but my daughter wouldn't let me have it because I was very upset at the time and I don't know what it even means.
Mr. Liebeler.
Let the record show that the witness has handed me a piece of paper, a single sheet of paper enclosed in an envelope of the Statler-Hilton Hotel in Dallas and postmarked Dallas, Tex., July 11, 1964, and addressed to Mrs. Helen Markham at 328 East Ninth Street in Dallas, and the letter has a return address of P.O. Box 2897, Dallas 21, Tex. It is dated July 10, 1964, and it is addressed to Mrs. Markham and it says, "At your convenience, would you kindly call me Saturday or any weekday morning between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. I would like the opportunity of discussing a matter which I believe will be mutually profitable. Sincerely, James Kerr."
We will mark the envelope and the letter as Markham Deposition Exhibit No. 2. I have marked the letter as indicated and I have put my initials on it and would you put your initials on it, Mrs. Markham, so we don't have any trouble identifying it in the future.
Mrs. Markham.
Just my initials?
Mr. Liebeler.
Yes; just your initials.
(Mrs. Markham initials instrument referred to. )
Mr. Liebeler.
Now, did you ever call this Mr. Kerr?
Mrs. Markham.
Now, where at--there wasn't no telephone or nothing. It gives a post office box is all I saw.
Mr. Liebeler.
You never looked the telephone number up in the book or anything like that?
Mrs. Markham.
No; I didn't. There are so many Kerrs---you never know who it is.
Mr. Liebeler.
Now, the envelope has the telephone listing on it--RI 9-3195; did you notice that?
Mrs. Markham.
Well, I called that number off of that.
Mr. Liebeler.
Do you remember whose number that is?
Mrs. Markham.
No; I believe it was either the police department--I don't know, but I called.
Mr. Liebeler.
You also have a telegram you want me to look at?
Mrs. Markham.
Yes; I do.
Mr. Liebeler.
You never did talk to this Mr. Kerr; is that right?
Mrs. Markham.
No, sir; that's all I've gotten. I want you to see what you think about that.
Mr. Liebeler.
The witness has produced a telegram dated July 21, apparently 1964, and addressed to her, which reads as follows:
"Dear Mrs. Markham:
"The United States Information Agency is preparing a televised report on the findings of the Warren Commission.
"To aid us in our objectives, we have requested the on-camera presence of President Johnson, the Commission members and selected witnesses who have given testimony here in Washington. We would like to request your cooperation in appearing on our program. In our opinion, your presence and perhaps a statement of your feeling and of your feelings in truthful note and fashion will serve to alleviate the tension and misgivings following the death of Officer Tippit and, of course, the other Dallas tragedies. I would be most anxious to have your reaction and will contact you personally concerning our request.
"I look forward to talking with you.
"Sincerely, Buck Richard Pennington, Producer, Television Service: U.S. Information Agency, Washington 25, D.C., phone Worth 2-0319."
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