The Audio of this Interview is at the bottom of the page. (In 2 Parts)

This is Audrey Bell's HSCA interview transcript.


 HSCA Record Number 180-10090-10264  Agency File Number  000915


  From:     Bell, Audrey N.


Date:     03/12/77

  Pages:    7


, Audrey N.

Connally, John
Parkland Staff

Medical Evidence  Bullets
Release Date:  10/25/93

Contents: Transcript of tape recorded interview of Audrey N. Bell, R.N., by Howard Gilbert and  

 Jack Moriarty of the JFK Task Force for the HSCA on March 12, 1977; Saturday, at 6:35 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

  Document in full follows typed exactly as original:

Interview of:  Audrey N. Bell
By Howard Gilbert and Jack Moriarty (JFK Task Force)
Date:     March, 12, 1977, Saturday
Time:     6:35 p.m.
Location: Apartment of Miss Bell

4317 Hartford
Apt. #103

Also present:  Miss Bell's sister

G:   Now, Miss Bell, you can observe that we are tape recording a statement from     you, can you not?
B:   Yes.
G:   And this is done with your permission, is that correct?
B:   Yes.
G:   Now, prior to our taping this statement, we chatted for some 15 - 20 minutes, is     that correct?
B:   Yes.
G:   All right.  Now, Miss Bell, I want to direct your attention to November 22, 1963,   

    and ask where you where employed at that time.

B:   Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas

G:   And in what capacity were you employed?
B:   Supervisor of the operating rooms and recovery rooms.

G:   Now do you recall the incident where Gov. Connally was operated on on [sic]     that day?
B:   Yes.

G:   And do you recall who the orthopedic surgeon was?
B:   Yes, Dr. Charles Gregory.

G:   And who was the thorasic [sic] surgeon?
 [end of page one of interview]

B:   Dr. Robert Shaw.

G:   Now, you have informed me that certain foreign bodies were taken from the body of Gov. Connally.  Is that correct?

B:   Yes.

G:   And what is the procedure that was used at the hospital for the removal and
recovery of foreign objects.
B:   On that, ah, the procedure is that the objects were removed by the surgeon, and either placed in a container                                     

 or given to the scrub nurse to place in a container on  the scrub nurse's table.  Then they are taken. . . . . . . .

G:   Wait just a minute, would you describe the type of container that they would be placed in?
B:   A small glass container about one ounce medicine glass.

G:   Similar to a size and shape to a shot glass?
B:   That's right.

G:   All right, after the objects are placed into the container by either the doctor of the scrub nurse, what then occurs?
B:   On that particular case they were given to me, and I took them in my office and prepared one of our foreign body envelopes. . .

G:   Foreign body envelopes?  What is that, would you explain that?
B:   We had a foreign body envelope in which we could record the name of the
patient, the hospital identification                                                                                              

number, the foreign body with the description,  whether there were any markings on it, who the surgeon was,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

  and we signed it  off ourselves.

G:   Would you describe on the envelope the number of objects placed within the envelope?
B:   Yes.

G:   And with respect to the objects taken from Gov. Connally's body, who prepared  that particular envelope?
B:   I did.

G:   Was that done in your own hand?
B:   Yes.

[end of page two of document]


G:   And did you place the objects that you took from the operating room in the envelope yourself?
B:   Yes.

G:   Did you seal it yourself?
B:   Yes.

G:   And did you place the description of those objects on the envelope?
B:   Yes.

G:   Now, to the best of your present recollection, how many individual foreign objects were placed into 

that envelope?  Taken from Gov. Connally's body?
B:   Four or five, I am not sure at this particular time.

G:   Do you have a recollection as to whether or not those objects were metalic [sic]
B:   Yes, they were metalic [sic].  Grayish in color, as well as I recall.

G:   All right, and after you placed them into the foreign body envelope and sealed  that envelope, what did you do with it?

B:   I delivered them to the FBI, and he signed for them, this was a deviation from our  procedure, he signed, 

   ah, there was a, took an inter-office memorandum and wrote on there about my delivering those to the FBI.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  I believe Mr. Sorrels, and  signed it, this. . . . . . .

G:   Now, you believe that it was Mr. Sorrels?
B:   I believe so, I recall this name.  I recall this name.

G:   You recall the name but you're not positive at this point that it was Sorrels?
B:   No, No [sic].  I'm not sure.

G:   But it was someone from the FBI who showed you identification. . .

B:   The FBI or Secret Service, that I gave it to.  And I think it was the FBI.

G:   Did they show you identification?
B:   They probably did.  I saw so much ID that day that, ah, bacause [sic] we had s
o many of these people in surgury [sic].

[end of page three of document]


G:   When the envelope was turned over, it was in a sealed condition, is that right?
B:   It was sealed.

G:   And if the envelope was to be produced today, and the envelope described the number of metalic [sic]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   objects, that would have been the number that you  yourself  ascertained went into the envelope at the time                                                                                                                                                 

that you sealed it?
B:   Yes.

G:   You're sure of that.
B:   Well, that's what I put into it, I don't what [sic] would have happedned [sic] to it      since then.

G:   Fine.  Now, you're best recollection you indicated to me was how many specific  types of foreign objects were numbered?
B:   Four or five.

G:   All right.  Now, I have asked you to, on a piece of paper, with a pencil, to draw,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              	
 to draw for me if you would, the smallest size, on a one surface size, of the  foreign objects.  Would you do that again, please?
B:   It's difficult.
G:   All right.  Now, would you please put a large circle around that?  And would you write your name next to it, please?                                                                                                                                                   
 And would you place todays [sic] date, which is March 12th.  Now you have written that in pencil, have you not?
B:   That's right.

G:   Will you circle the entire thing that you have done with a blue felt tip pen?  And   would you write on there, 
Exhibit A.  Now, Mr. Moriarty, I'm going to ask that you   also sign that sheet of paper at this point.  
Now, If [sic] I understand you correctly, you're saying that of the objects, the foreign bodies that you placed                         
 into the envelope, the small penciled diagram that you have just drawn, indicates the smallest, in your recollection,
 of the foreign objects that would have gone in.
B:   Yes.

G:   Would you fill in the blue ink the little circle describing the object that you have drawn in pencil. 
 In other words, just kind of color it in blue, so that we     have it as a permanent record.
[end of page four of document]

G:   All right.  Thank you.  Now, you're. we may have said this, we indicated that we were taking this 
statement at your residence, which was 4317 Hartford, your home phone is 526-5369? 
 And your present office address is, rather telephone  number is 637-3820, x 317?
B:   Yes.

G:   And you are presently employed by who?

B:   Children's medical center.

G:   And you are the what?
B:   Supervisor of the operating suite.

G:   All right.  Now is there anything that you would like to add, with respect to what  we have discussed here?  
To make your statement more complete, or to explain anything that we have discussed while the tape 
recorder has been on?
B:   Just that, it has been many years, and this is all just trying to recollect what happened on that date.  
I could not swear, you know, I cannot be absolutely certain, of the number of small fragments.

G:   Your best recollection is. . . . . . . .
B:   But my recollection is 4 to 5.

G:   Mr. Moriarty, do you have something to add?
M:   No, I haven't.

G:   Then, it is now 6:45 p.m. and this is the termination of the tape.
[end of page five and final page of document]

[Note:  Audrey Bell's drawing of the metallic fragments is not attached to the interview]


In part 1 Audrey Bell states that she received 4-5 fragments from JBC's wrist. (there are only 3 in evidence)

Part 1>>>  http://www.stickam.com/member/viewMedia.do?mId=184850269&mediaowner=true

In part 2 Audrey tell us that Washington kept Dr. Perry up on the phone all night trying to get him to Change                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

    his story about a throat entrance wound.

Part 2>>>   http://www.stickam.com/member/viewMedia.do?mId=184850325&mediaowner=true



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