Sorry for the delay in returning this to you. As I told you on the phone, my Brother had died & it hasn't been easy getting into the daily routine of life.|
To the best of my memory I have not signed any affidavit concerning Pres. Kennedy or Oswald. I definitely would not have signed one containing a statement that I took Mrs. Swinneys L.D. [ long distance ] ticket from the wastebasket -- that is too far from what happened. Actually I was the first one to say "Number please" to Oswald. He gave his name & placed his call & then I realized that Mrs. Swinney was on the line too. When she started taking over the call, I quit handling it & let her -- but I stayed on the line with my key open & did not unplug until after Oswald hung up.
I have marked on the affidavit other corrections.
STATE OF MISSOURI
COUNTY OF GREENE
A F F I D A V I T
Mrs. Alveeta A. Treon, of lawful age, being first duly sworn, deposes and says as follows:
My name is Alveeta A. Treon. I am 47 years of age, a telephone switch board operator and live at 1721 N. Catalpa Street, Springfield, Missouri.
I moved to Springfield in September, 1965. Before that, I lived in Dallas, Texas. I worked for the City of Dallas on the main switch board in City Hall. This switch board dealt with all calls coming in or going out from any city department. This included the jail. I started working there in July, 1963, as a telephone operator.
There were usually approximately 10 operators on duty between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. week days. From 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., there were two operators on duty, and from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., there was one.
On the evening of November 23, 1963, I was scheduled to work the 11 to 7 shift. I knew Oswald was being held in the City Jail. Newspapers and television had carried this information. City Hall is really made up of two buildings, one newer than the other. They are joined together by a garage which links the lower floors. The switch board is on the 5th floor of the newer building which contains the city administration offices.
The police department occupies all the older building and from the windows of the 5th floor, it is possible to see into some cells where prisoners are held. These are on the 4th and 5th floors.
I have no idea where Oswald was being held. On the evening of November 23, 1963, I arrived for duty early, between 10:15 and 10:35 to relieve one of the two operators on duty. She had asked me previously if I would help out so she could get away early.
I went there with my daughter, Sharon (now Mrs. Kovac), aged 20 at that time. She worked in the police department as a complaints clerk. I think she was finishing a shift and on occasions like that she would often come up with me to the switch board for a few minutes just to chat.
When the woman I was relieving left the building, I began to work at the switch board along with Mrs. Louise Sweeney, a middle-aged woman, who was due to go off duty at 11:00 p.m. [ NOTE: The affidavit uses two spellings for Mrs. Swinney's name interchangeably. ] Sharon was sitting in a chair a few feet away from the board.
As soon as I began work, about 10:15-10:35, Mrs. Sweeney told me that there would be two men--I am not sure if she said Secret Service homicide or what--coming to the switch board room to listen into a call. They had told her that they would be taking Lee Harvey oswald to a telephone to let him make a call. Mrs. Sweeney didn't say whether the men had spoken to her on the telephone or had come into the switch board [ approximately 10 words illegible here ]
The men were to go into the switch board equipment room where they could listen in private to Oswald's conversation. Mrs. Sweeney told me she had instructions from [
her superiors to cooperate ] our superiors for us to cooperate.
At that time, Mrs. Sweeney was working near one end of the approximately ten-position board, and I was near the other end.
So, I think there would have been about 4 to 6 empty seats separating us.
About 10 or 15 minutes after I entered the switch board room a knock came to the door, which is kept locked at night for security purposes. Mrs. Swinney, who was closest to the door, went and unlocked it.
Two men identified themselves to her, I think by showing their identification cards. I didn't remember what they said but I assumed they were the expected law enforcement men. They entered the room and immediately when to the equipment room.
I knew that either Mrs. Swinney or myself would handle the Oswald call. A few minutes after the men went into the private room, a red light came up on the board showing a call from the jail. Mrs. Swinney and I both plugged in simultaneously to take it, but when I realized we both had the call, I [ unplugged ] and let her handle it alone. I did not unplug. I quit trying to handle the call & let her but I stayed plugged in with my key open.
My daughter had asked me that if I handled the call to make a memorandum of it — a copy of the original ticket — as a souvenir.
However, when Mrs. Swinney handled the call I sat back and listened. I heard her repeat a number to the caller and saw her write down details on a notation pad, which is normal routine. She then closed the key so no one on the line could hear her, then called the two men in the room on a line and said that Oswald's was personally placing his call.
Because I wanted to get the telephone number and the name of the town to make a duplicate ticket for my daughter, I listened and watched very carefully for Mrs. Swinney to place the call with the long distance operator. She appeared very nervous and visibly shaken. For a few minutes she just sat there trembling.
I understood why she was nervous but what I really expected was that she would get [ approximately 8 words illegible here ]
I continued watching and listening but she did not place the call.
At this time, because the key was closed, neither Oswald nor the men in the equipment room could know what was happening or whether she placed the call on another connection.
I was dumbfounded at what happened next. Mrs. Swinney opened the key to Oswald and told him "I am sorry the number doesn't answer." I am pretty certain she said number and not numbers. She then unplugged and disconnected Oswald.
Immediately, then, the two men in the equipment room came out, thanked us for our cooperation and left.
[ A few moments later, Mrs. Swinney tore the page off her notation pad and threw it in the waste paper basket. ] I did not say this. I do not know what Mrs. Swinney did with her L.D. ticket I think the time of the Oswald call would be about 10:45 p.m. and Mrs. Swinney left at around 11:00 p.m. or just after.
[ When she walked out of the room, I got up from my position, walked to the waste paper basket and took the piece of paper out. It was just an unofficial piece of paper from a pad with details of the call. This is normal procedure. In a long distance call, an operator will scribble out details and only if the call is completed will she transfer this to an official ticket.
I immediately noted all the details made by Mrs. Swinney and made out a long distance call ticket. I threw this scrap of paper back into the waste paper basket. At the time I didn't even think about keeping it. All I wanted was a souvenir. ] I did not say all this. I was asked if I knew what Mrs. Swinney did with her ticket. I said I had no idea, that tickets on L.D. calls not completed were not normally kept but I did not know what she did with it. I heard Oswald place the call — give his name etc. as I was on the line.
No other calls were made by Oswald from the jail during the time I was on duty between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. I know of no others made by him at any time, but it is possible that some could have been made without my knowledge.
I didn't say anything about this at the time
Mrs. Swinney [ had been ] being too nervous to place the call [ and ] as I didn't want to cause trouble at the switch board, both for her and myself. However, I have kept the ticket I made [ without ] [ original typed copy strikes through letters "with"; Mrs. Treon lined out the entire word ] that night and I have often thought about giving it to some official — but I have never quite gotten around to it.
I only mentioned it casually to Mr. Winston Smith, a friend of mine, a few months ago. I forgot completely about it until the 15th day of January, 1968, until I got a telephone call saying Mr. Smith had mentioned the subject to Sheriff Owen, who was interested in learning more about it.
An exact copy of the ticket referred to is attached hereto and marked "Exhibit A".
I have read all the foregoing and it is true and have initialed every page.
MRS. ALVEETA A. TREON
STATE OF MISSOURI
COUNTY OF GREENE
Before me personally appeared Mrs. Alveeta A. Treon, who by me being first duly sworn, did say that the above and foregoing Affidavit, consisting of three pages, is true.
My commission expires:
Mrs. Treon's "Exhibit A"
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