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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XI - Page 38« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of John Edward Pic Resumed)

Mr. Pic.
really mind as long as my mother-in-law wasn't there, but she was due back in a matter of a month or so.
During my leave I was under the impression that I may get out of the service in January of 1953, when my enlistment was up, so I went around to several colleges. My mother drove me to these colleges, Fordham University, for one, and Brooklyn, some college in Brooklyn, a couple of other ones I inquired about. I remember one conversation in the car that she reminded me that even though Margy was my wife, she wasn't quite as good as I was, and things like this. She didn't say too many good things about my wife. Well, naturally, I resented this, because I put my wife before my mother any day.
Things were pretty good during the time I was on leave. When I went back to work I would come home my wife would tell me about some little problem they would have. The first problem that I recollect was that there was no support for the grocery bill whatsoever. I don't think I was making more than $150 a month, and they were eating up quite a bit, and I just casually mentioned that and my mother got very much upset about it. So every night I got home and especially the nights I was away and I would come home the next day my wife would have more to tell me about the little arguments. It seems it is my wife's impression that whenever there was an argument that my mother antagonized Lee towards hostility against my wife.
My wife liked Lee. My wife and I had talked several times that it would be nice if Lee would stay with us alone, and we wouldn't mind having him But we never bothered mentioning this because we knew it was an impossibility.
It got toward schooltime and they had their foothold in the house and he was going to enroll in the neighborhood school, and they planned to stay with us, and I didn't much like this. We couldn't afford to have them, and took him up to enroll in this school.
Mr. Jenner.
You did?
Mr. Pic.
No, sir; my mother did. I think this is a public school in New York City located on about 89th, 90th Street between Third Avenue and Second Avenue. Lee didn't like this school. I didn't much blame him.
Mr. Ely.
When you visited these colleges, had you received credit for finishing

high school somehow?
Mr. Pic.
No.
Mr. Jenner.
Did you hear anything to the effect that the reason why your mother and Lee had come to New York had anything to do with Lee's being given some sort of mental tests?
Mr. Pic.
No, sir.
Mr. Jenner.
Was there a period of time just before the enrollment of Lee in the New York Public School, that he attended for about a month a Lutheran denominational school?
Mr. Pic.
I don't know, sir. I am not up to that yet.
Mr. Jenner.
I see. All right.
Mr. Pic.
At about the same time that Lee was enrolled in school that we had the big trouble. It seems that there was an argument about the TV set one day, and--between my wife and my mother. It seems that according to my wife's statement that my mother antagonized Lee, being very hostile toward my wife and he pulled out a pocketknife and said that if she made any attempt to do anything about it that he would use it on her, at the same time Lee struck his mother. This perturbed my wife to no end. So, I came home that night, and the facts were related to me.
Mr. Jenner.
When the facts were related to you was your mother present, Lee present, your wife present? If not, who was present?
Mr. Pic.
I think my wife told me this in private, sir. I went and asked my mother about it.
Mr. Jenner.
Your mother was home?
Mr. Pic.
Yes, sir; she was home.
Mr. Jenner.
You went and spoke with your mother?
Mr. Pic.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Jenner.
Was Lee present when you spoke to your mother?
Mr. Pic.
No, sir.
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