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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 257« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Joe E. Murphy)

Mr. Ball.
your position, is that right? (Reporter marked instrument---Murphy Exhibit A, for identification.)
Mr. Murphy.
Yes; that's right.
Mr. BALL. And you have drawn a position there as to where you were standing, is that right?
Mr. Murphy.
That's right.
Mr. Ball.
And where you parked your three-wheeler?
Mr. Murphy.
Yes.
Mr. BALL. All right, mark the place where you were standing as Position 1, using an "X".
Mr. Murphy.
All right. (Witness Murphy marked the diagram as requested by Counsel Ball)

Mr. BALL. And your three-wheeler was beside you?
Mr. Murphy.
Yes; right on the shoulder.
Mr. Ball.
Were there any other officers on that overpass?

Mr. MURPHY. Yes; there were two more about---oh, a 100 feet south of to slow traffic or to stop traffic whenever the motorcade entered the Stemmons Freeway north entrance.
Mr. Ball.
Now where were they located---and, did they as the motorcade came down Elm Street, did they go into the highway and stop traffic?
Mr. Murphy.
Yes; they did.
Mr. Ball.
Will you put their positions on the Stemmons Freeway overpass at the time the motorcade came west on Elm, and mark it (2) and (3).
Mr. Murphy.
(Marked diagram as requested by Counsel BAll.)
Mr. Ball.
Do you know the names of those officers that were (2) and (3)
Mr. Murphy.
I can't recall. I know them but I can't recall who they were.
Mr. Ball.
Were they three-wheeler officers too, do they drive three-wheelers?
Mr. Murphy.
I believe both of them three-wheelers.
Mr. BALL. And as the motorcade came west on Elm, did they stop traffic on Stemmons freeway?
Mr. MURPHY. Yes, their main job was to slow it and let the officers farther down the freeway---they would stop it, but traffic approaches pretty fast and they were to slow traffic and let the officers then stop it. They did---they---they stepped into and were slowing the traffic as the motorcade came under that railroad overpass.
Mr. Ball.
Did they ever stop traffic completely?
Mr. Murphy.
Well, it stopped---it stopped itself back down when all the excitement---someone down there---they blocked the whole street and then it backed up, is what it did---backed up to our position.
Mr. Ball.
On Stemmons Freeway?
Mr. Murphy.
Yes.
Mr. Ball.
Now Position (1) is where you were standing?
Mr. Murphy.
Yes.
Mr. BALL. Were there any people standing on the overpass over Elm, on the Stemmons Freeway overpass over Elm, as the motorcade came down?
Mr. MURPHY. No; there was no one standing there prior to the arrival of the motorcade or after the motorcade arrived.
Mr. Ball.
The only one standing there was you
Mr. Murphy.
It was me.
Mr. BALL. Now, let's go to the railroad overpass, and first of all, as you turned west on Elm from Houston, what is the first overpass that you encounter?
Mr. MURPHY. There is a railroad overpass-all of the trains entering and leaving the Union Station cross over that overpass.
Mr. Ball.
Were there any officers on that overpass?
Mr. Murphy.
There were two.
Mr. BALL. Can you mark their positions, approximately, as you saw them before the motorcade arrived?
Mr. Murphy.
As best I could see---one was on each side---one here and one over on this side.
Mr. BALL. All right, mark the position of the officer on the west side as Position (4), and the one on the east side as Position (5).
(The Witness Murphy marked the diagram as requested by Counsel Ball.)
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