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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. IX - Page 198« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of George S. De Mohrenschildt Resumed)

Mr. Jenner.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. The Sharples family is from Philadelphia, Philadelphia Quakers. He is in the centrifugal processing business and also in the oil business. And I had dealings with his nephew for many years.
Mr. Jenner.
What is his name?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Butler, Samuel Butler, Jr. He runs the oil end of Mr. Sharples' operations. And they had a small interest in Rangely Field. That is how I got acquainted with Mr. Butler.
So we knew about each other before--my wife's father, and so on and so forth--and--the daughter asked his advice, whether she should marry such an adventurous character like me, and the father said, all right---obviously had sufficient good information from Butler about me. Butler was my best man at the wedding.
Mr. Jenner.
Best man at your wedding to Miss Sharples?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Yes; Sam Butler.
There were several ushers. He was one of the ushers. I don't remember who was the best man. My brother was the best man. He was one of ushers. So we got married.
Mr. Jenner.
Was the Sharples family wealthy?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Very wealthy.
Mr. Jenner.
Socially prominent?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Socially prominent. But not too interested in society, because they are Quakers, you know. But my wife is interested.
Mr. Jenner.
She has a nickname?
Mr. Jenner.
Some of the people apparently--voluntarily--they know her with that nickname Didi.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. That is right. We got married, I think, after her graduation immediately in the Unitarian Church in Chestnut Hills.
Mr. Jenner.
What is that--a suburb of Philadelphia?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. A suburb of Philadelphia. And she moved to Dallas, and I moved to Dallas, also, from Abilene, where I used to live, so she could continue her work in the medical field, and to take her residence in the hospital in Dallas. She was a resident physician----
Mr. Jenner.
In what hospital?
Mr. De.
MOHRENSCHILDT. In the Baylor Hospital.
Mr. Jenner.
Baylor University?
Mr. Jenner.
Was it university connected?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. I don't remember. But it is Baylor Hospital, in Dallas. It is not the same as Baylor University. It is called Baylor Hospital.
Mr. Jenner.
All right.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. And she stayed there as a resident. I worked very often in my office in Dallas, instead of Abilene, and continued my partnership with Ed Hooker. But there developed a tremendous animosity between Ed Hooker's wife and my wife, Didi.
Mr. Jenner.
And Ed Hooker's wife was----
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Was an ex-model, very attractive girl, Marion. And probably my wife snubbed her or something. She didn't come from such a prominent family.
Anyway, there was a great deal of animosity there. And Ed told me, "George, you are a fool to marry this girl--she is nuts." She had had nervous breakdowns.
Mr. Jenner.
This is Mr. Hooker's wife?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. No; that is my ex-wife, Didi Sharples. She is very high strung--she is a very high-strung person, and had nervous breakdowns while going to medical school. I don't know if it is interesting for you, all those details.
Mr. Jenner.
Well, I think not as to that. I am interested, though--she came to Dallas with you?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. She came to Dallas to live with me. We had an apartment first. Then we bought a house jointly, a farm, a small farm outside of Dallas. And then she had--we had two children, Sergei, and a girl, Nadejeda,
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