to Whittaker Chambers,
Murray was, for a while, his family's maid.
She was a surprise rebuttal witness for the
prosecution at the end of the second trial.
Murray testified that she had seen the Hisses
and the Chambers together at the Chambers' apartment
in Baltimore. In Hiss's motion for a new trial,
the defense turned up two people, William
Reed Fowler and Louis
Leisman, who claimed Chambers
never had a maid in the building where Murray
claimed she worked.
coram nobis petition contained FBI documents
which showed that Murray could identify Alger
Hiss only with help from the FBI and Chambers
(she spent an afternoon at the Chambers' farm
before she made the identificaton at trial).
Her first comment, when shown a photo of the
Hisses, was that they looked like people she
had seen in the movies. She testified that the
FBI never told her that the picture she was
shown was of the Hisses. In an FBI document
obtained in 1975, however, Murray says in a
signed statement, "The agents have shown me
a photograph of a person they have told me is
Alger Hiss, and the person looks something like
the slender man who accompanied the Lady from
Washington on the above mentioned visit to the
Cantwells [Chambers]." This was unlike the definitive
identification she offered in court.