Leon D. Hubert: Did you delegate to any specific person the security of Oswald?
Jesse Curry: No, sir; I could see that he was being taken care of by the captain on duty, Captain Talbert, and Lieutenant Wiggins was assisting in it, so I didn't see any need to particularly call some officer over there and say, "Look, you are in charge of this security in this basement." It was being taken care of, I could see.
Leon D. Hubert: Well, for the record, will you tell us what you saw that satisfied you that it was being taken care of?
Jesse Curry: Officers were being stationed at the strategic points in the basement to screen people coming in, and they were moving out the vehicles as I asked them to, so I went on upstairs and I told Chief Batchelor and Chief Stevenson that we should clean out everything in the basement and screen everything that came back in.
Leon D. Hubert: When you ordered everything to be "screened" did you give any specific instructions?
Jesse Curry: No; I didn't.
Leon D. Hubert: Or does that term have any significance in police work ?
Jesse Curry: Well, it means to satisfy yourself that they were people who had a legitimate reason to be there when you screen them.
Leon D. Hubert: In other words, within the organization of the police department, the word "screening" is understood so that you were satisfied that there would not be people there who were not supposed to be there?
Jesse Curry: Any unauthorized people.
Leon D. Hubert: Just one more point on that - under the system, who would be considered as unauthorized persons?
Jesse Curry: I think I specifically stated that only newspaper reporters or police officers would be allowed in the basement.
Leon D. Hubert: Only the news media?
Jesse Curry: Yes.
Leon D. Hubert: Television people would be included, too?
Jesse Curry: Yes.
Leon D. Hubert: Was there any discussion of the route to be taken?
Jesse Curry: Not at that time.
Leon D. Hubert: All right; let's go ahead.
Jesse Curry: Then, I went on upstairs and a little while later I went to Fritz' office and they were interrogating him - they - there were several people in there, some I recognized as FBI agents, some were Secret Service agents, some were Dallas detectives, and Captain Fritz was talking to Oswald at the time, I believe, and I stood around a few moments and when there was a lull in the interrogation, I asked Captain Fritz if he was about ready to transfer Oswald and he said, "Well, no; they were still talking to him," so I left the room.
Leon D. Hubert: That was about what time?
Jesse Curry: As I recall, it was probably 10:30, but I didn't care when they transferred him at all. It didn't make any difference to me. The arrangements had been made to transfer him and then when it was brought to...
Leon D. Hubert: What arrangements had been made?
Jesse Curry: That we would transfer him to the sheriff, but at that time we did not have any armored cars down there. We were just at that time, I believe it was - understood that we would just put him in the car and drive him down there...
Leon D. Hubert: Was a policeman to drive the armored car?
Jesse Curry: No; not the armored car.
Leon D. Hubert: Is that a factor, too - I suppose - it wouldn't be a member of the police force under your control driving that car?
Jesse Curry: No; but he felt like Fritz said if anyone tried to take our prisoner we should be in a position to be able to cut out of the caravan or to take off or do whatever was necessary to protect our prisoner. So, I didn't argue with him about it - there was some merit to his plan, so I told him, "Well, okay, but we would still use the armored car as a decoy and let it go right on down just as we had planned and if anyone planned to try to take our prisoner away from us, they would be attacking an empty armored car," and that his vehicle with the prisoner in it would have cut out of the caravan and proceeded immediately to the county jail and the prisoner would be taken into the county jail, and the way we figured it, he would be there before the other caravan got there. Well, he asked me if everything was ready and I said, "Yes, as far as I know, everything is ready to go," and this was a little after 11 o'clock and I said, "Well, I'll go on down to the basement," and was en route to the basement when I was called to the telephone and Mayor Cabell was on the telephone wanting to know something about the case, how we were progressing, what was going on, and while I was talking to him they made this transfer and Oswald was shot in the basement, and he was rushed to Parkland Hospital and I was notified that he had been shot in the basement.
Leon D. Hubert: Did you know about his being shot before he moved to the hospital in the ambulance?
Jesse Curry: Yes, they called me from the jail office and said he had been shot and an ambulance had been ordered.
Leon D. Hubert: Now, after the shooting, what action did you take - that is, the shooting of Oswald?
Jesse Curry: Well, I don't recall any particular action I took. I was told the man who shot him was in custody and was up in the jail. I think I notified the mayor that the man had been shot while I was still on the telephone with him and then I waited up in my office for word from Parkland Hospital, and about 1:30, or I believe about 1:30, we were informed that he had expired, and during this time I had been informed that the man who shot him was a nightclub operator named Jack Ruby, and that he was in custody up in the jail. After I was informed that Oswald had died, I made an announcement to news media that he had expired and that we had the man who shot him in custody and as I recall, that's about the extent of my activity on that day.