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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 123« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald Resumed)

Representative Boggs.
During the weeks and months prior to the assassination--and I think this question has also been asked--did you ever at any time hear your late husband express any hostility towards President Kennedy?
Mrs. Oswald.
Representative Boggs.
What motive would you ascribe to your husband in killing President Kennedy?
Mrs. Oswald.
As I saw the documents that were being read to me, I came to the conclusion that he wanted in any--by any means, good or bad, to get into history. But now that I have heard a part of the translation of some of the documents, I think that there was some political foundation to it, a foundation of which I am not aware.
Representative Boggs.
By that, do you mean that your husband acted in concert with someone else?
Mrs. Oswald.
No, only alone.
Representative Boggs.
You are convinced that his action was his action alone, that he was influenced by no one else?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, I am convinced.
Representative Boggs.
Did you consider your husband a Communist?
Mrs. Oswald.
He told me when we were in New Orleans that he was a Communist, but I didn't believe him, because I said, "What kind of a Communist are you if you don't like the Communists in Russia?"
Representative Boggs.
Did he like the Communists in the United States?
Mrs. Oswald.
He considered them to be on a higher level and more conscious than the Communists in Russia.
Representative Boggs.
Did you consider your husband a normal man in the usual sense of the term?
Mrs. Oswald.
He was always a normal man, but where it concerned his ideas, and he did not introduce me to his ideas, I did not consider him normal.
Representative Boggs.
Maybe I used the wrong terminology. Did you consider him mentally sound?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes; he was smart and capable. Only he did not use his capabilities in the proper direction. He was not deprived of reason--he was not a man deprived of reason.
Representative Boggs.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Thank you.
The Chairman.
Senator Cooper, did you have any questions to ask
Mrs. Oswald.
No one knows the truth, no one can read someone else's thoughts, as I could not read Lee's thoughts. But that is only my opinion. Senator Cooper. Mrs. Oswald, some of the questions that I ask you you may have answered--because I have been out at times.
I believe you have stated that your husband at times expressed opposition to or dislike of the United States or of its political or economic system, is that correct?
Mrs. Oswald.
As far as I know, he expressed more dissatisfaction with economic policy, because as to the political matters he did not enlighten me as to his political thoughts.
Senator COOPER. Did he ever suggest to you or to anyone in your presence that the economic system of the United States should be changed, and did he suggest any means for changing it?
Mrs. Oswald.
He never proposed that, but from his conversations it followed that it would be necessary to change it. But he didn't propose any methods.
Senator COOPER. Did he ever say to you or anyone in your presence that the system might be changed if officials were changed or authorities of our country were changed?
Mrs. Oswald.
No, he never said that to me.
Senator COOPER. Did he ever express to you any hostility towards any particular official of the United States?
Mrs. Oswald.
I know that he didn't like Walker, but I don't know whether you could call him an official.
Senator COOPER. May I ask if you ever heard anyone express to him hostility towards President Kennedy?
Mrs. Oswald.
No, never.
Senator COOPER. More specifically, I will ask--did you know Mr. Frazier?
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