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Parent Circumstances surrounding the "confessions" of the Doolittle flyers
Date 16 September 1947
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 5
Folder General Memoranda and Reports from September 1947
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
?Ç£Q At any time prior to your appearance before this Jap Tribunal did you ever sign any blank sheets of paper or any statements to which you may have confessed the bombing and strafing of Japanese civilians? A I never signed any blank pieces of paper. However during my interrogation in Tokyo I signed a manuscript written entirely in Japanese. Q Who submitted this manuscript for your signature? A A Jap lawyer ?Çô one we called ?ÇÿWell-well?ÇÖ. I do not know his actual name. He informed us that he was a graduate of Stanford University , California, and that he had lived in California for a great number of years. He was approximately sixty years of age, of small stature with a large stomach.?Ç¥ (pp. 88-89) And ?Ç£Q What induced you to sign this paper? A I had been so badly beaten up by the Japs that I would sign anything to avoid further treatment of that nature.?Ç¥ And the question concerned was: ?Ç£Q Did Well-Well explain the contents of this paper??Ç¥ And the answer was: ?Ç£A He explained it only after I had signed it. He told me then it was a confession to the crime of bombing school building and strafing Japanese civilians. I laughed at him then and told him that he knew that it was not true. He made no answer to my statement.?Ç¥ (p. 89) In cross-examination Nielsen denied having given the answer last mentioned to Sebey (p. 103) and declared: ?Ç£Mr. Sebey took the statements from me in shorthand, he returned to Fort Douglas, typed them up and sent the statement up for me to sign and have notarized, and I had talked so much about this bomb raid I didn?ÇÖt care to read it over any more. I signed it in front of a notary and that was the size of it.?Ç¥ (p. 105) He repeated this statement when questioned by the Commission in detail (p. 106). -5-