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It makes me appreciate Howard Brennan all the more because he would not be
coached by the police. He didn't like the situation they put him in and
refused to be part of it.
Cop to Brennan, "Oswald is the number 2 guy, the one dressed in only a
T-shirt with the black eye and cut over his eye."
Brennan was threatened by the police. They told him that he didn't help
put Oswald away his family would be in danger.
The fact is Brennan refused to ID Oswald at the lineup no matter what the
cops said to him. So once again actual facts contradict your make believe
version of events.
You mean AT FIRST. He eventually did, after the cops had a little talk
Oh really! Please give us details about that little talk. Much to the
You're not trying hard enough. They're going to take away your decoder
ring. Brennan actually wrote a book and describes the meeting.
WHat you are supposed to do is demand that I present the recording of
what the police told Brennan. Get with the program.
Testimony Of Howard Leslie Brennan Resumed
Mr. Brennan, you are the same Howard Leslie Brennan who testified
this morning here?
Do you know a George Murray, of the National Broadcasting Co.
I do not.
Have you ever worked for the Union Terminal?
You are still under oath, you realize.
Have you ever worked for the Union Terminal Co. in Dallas?
I have not.
Did you ever state to anyone that you heard shots from opposite the
Texas School Book Depository and saw smoke and paper wadding come out of
boxes on a slope below the railroad trestle at the time of the
Did you ever say that or that, in substance, to anyone?
I did not.
That is all.
Is there another Howard Brennan?
Well, sir; we don't know. We wanted to know whether or not you ever
made this statement to anyone.
Thank you very much, Mr. Brennan.
I would like to ask a question off the record.
Off the record.
(Discussion off the record.)
Warren Commission Hearings, Vol. III, p. 211.
Mr. BELIN - Now, taking you down to the Dallas Police Station, I believe
you said you talked to Captain Fritz. And then what happened?
Mr. BRENNAN - Well, I was just more or less introduced to him in Mr.
Sorrels' room, and they told me they were going to conduct a lineup and
wanted me to view it, which I did.
Mr. BELIN - Do you remember how many people were in the lineup?
Mr. BRENNAN - No; I don't. A possibility seven more or less one.
Mr. BELIN - All right.
Did you see anyone in the lineup you recognized?
Mr. BRENNAN - Yes.
Mr. BELIN - And what did you say?
Mr. BRENNAN - I told Mr. Sorrels and Captain Fritz at that time that
Oswald--or the man in the lineup that I identified looking more like a
closest resemblance to the man in the window than anyone in the lineup.
Mr. BELIN - Were the other people in the lineup, do you remember--were
they all white, or were there some Negroes in there, or what?
Mr. BRENNAN - I do not remember.
Mr. BELIN - As I understand your testimony, then, you said that you told
him that this particular person looked the most like the man you saw on
the sixth floor of the building there.
Mr. BRENNAN - Yes, sir.
Mr. BELIN - In the meantime, had you seen any pictures of Lee Harvey
Oswald on television or in the newspapers?
Mr. BRENNAN - Yes, on television.
Mr. BELIN - About when was that, do you believe?
Mr. BRENNAN - I believe I reached home quarter to three or something of
that, 15 minutes either way, and I saw his picture twice on television
before I went down to the police station for the lineup.
Mr. BELIN - Now, is there anything else you told the officers at the
time of the lineup?
Mr. BRENNAN - Well, I told them I could not make a positive identification.
Mr. BELIN - When you told them that, did you ever later tell any officer
or investigating person anything different?
Mr. BRENNAN - Yes.
Mr. BELIN - When did that happen?
Mr. BRENNAN - I believe some days later--I don't recall exactly--and I
believe the Secret Service man identified hisself as being Williams, I
believe, from Houston. I won't swear to that-whether his name was
Williams or not.
Mr. BELIN - All right.
Mr. BRENNAN - And he could have been an FBI. As far as I remember, it
could have been FBI instead of Secret Service.
But I believe it was a Secret Service man from Houston.
Mr. BELIN - What did he say to you and what did you say to him?
Mr. BRENNAN - Well, he asked me he said, "You said you couldn't make a
He said, "Did you do that for security reasons personally, or couldn't you?"
And I told him I could with all honesty, but I did it more or less for
security reasons--my family and myself.
Mr. BELIN - What do you mean by security reasons for your family and
Mr. BRENNAN - I believe at that time, and I still believe it was a
Communist activity, and I felt like there hadn't been more than one
eyewitness, and if it got to be a known fact that I was an eyewitness,
my family or I, either one, might not be safe.
Mr. BELIN - Well, if you wouldn't have identified him, might he not have
been released by the police?
Mr. BRENNAN - Beg pardon?
Mr. BELIN - If you would not have identified that man positively, might
he not have been released by the police?
Mr. BRENNAN - No. That had a great contributing factor--greater
contributing factor than my personal reasons was that I already knew
they had the man for murder, and I knew he would not be released.
Mr. BELIN - The murder of whom?
Mr. BRENNAN - Of Officer Tippit.
Mr. BELIN - Well, what happened in between to change your mind that you
later decided to come forth and tell them you could identify him?
Mr. BRENNAN - After Oswald was killed, I was relieved quite a bit that
as far as pressure on myself of somebody not wanting me to identify
anybody, there was no longer that immediate danger.
Mr. BELIN - What is the fact as to whether or not your having seen
Oswald on television would have affected your identification of him one
way or the other?
Mr. BRENNAN - That is something I do not know.
Mr. BELIN - Mr. Brennan, could you tell us now whether you can or cannot
positively identify the man you saw on the sixth floor window as the
same man that you saw in the police station?
Mr. BRENNAN - I could at that time I could, with all sincerity, identify
him as being the same man.
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disappointment of the DPD this close witness to the 6th Floor Window did
not finger LHO at the line-up. Decades later he wrote a book explaining
why he was reluctant to do that. He did give a good description that
matched DPD Baker's description of the guy he confronted in the lunchroom.
No indication Brenner talked to Baker before the APB went out at 12:45 pm.
Brenner was on the street out front and Baker was inside searching the