Date 11/24/63

JEAN (Mrs. PUKSEK EDWARD)NEWMAN, 3893 Clover Lane, telephone FL 2-4222, advised that she is employed by Rhoem Manufacturing Company which company as of November 22, 1963, was in the process of moving from Lofland Street to 1222 Profit Drive. She stated that as the company was in the process of moving she left work at about 11:30 a.m. and drove to Oak Cliff taking a friend home and returning through the downtown Dallas area to her home in North Dallas. As she proceeded through the downtown area, she noticed crowds gathering in connection with President KENNEDY's visit to the area. She stated she, on the spur of the moment, decided she would like to see the President so she parked her car in Simmons Parking lot #2 located at the northwest corner of the Dallas County School Book Depository Building. She then walked in front of the building and turned right on Elm Street and stood on the curb on the north side of the street immediately west of the Stemmons Expressway sign. A car carrying the President and another person had just passed her when she heard a report and saw the President jump. raising hishands to his chest area. She stated she assumed the report to be a firecracker and thought how "human" the President was that he too would react by jumping at a sudden noise. She stated the car had proceeded approximately 12 feet to her right when she heard a second report and saw the president slump to the front of the car. She said the only other person in the Presidential car that she recognized was Mrs. JACQUELINE KENNEDY who immediately jumped to her knees over the president when he slumped.

Mrs. NEWMAN stated she only heard the two shots but cannot definitely stat that additional shot or shots were not fired as people around her realizing what had happened began milling around ans screaming. She stated that when she realized the reports were shots she immediately turned and looked up the hill to the north toward the parking lot but did not see anything after which proceeded back up the hill and walked in front of the Dallas County School Book Depository Building to the parking lot to get her car where she was questioned by an officer and eventually taken to the Dallas County Sheriff's office where she made a statement.

Mrs. NEWMAN stated that after the shots were fired she was in the area of the School Book Depository Building for some minutes and actually walked immediately in front of the building in returning to the parking lot but did not see or hear any person emerging from the building in such a manner as to attract her attention but pointed out all persons in the area were ver, very excited at the time.

Mrs. NEWMAN viewed a photograph of LEE HARVEY OSWALD taken on August 9, 1963, after which she stated that she has no recollection of ever seeing the individual depicted in that photograph and said she does not know OSWALD, has never met him to her knowledge, and does not know any of his associates.

on 11/23/63 at Dallas, Texas File # DL 89-43

By Special Agent ROBERT C. LISH and EMORY E. MORTON Date Dictated 11/24/63