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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 141« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Marguerite Oswald)

Mrs. Oswald.
As now, I accept the death of my son. I don't brood over that. I have that ability of doing that.
So I just accepted the fact--when Lee gets ready to let me know where he is, fine up until that time, it is his privilege to do what he want.
Now, that is the last contact I have had with Marina and Lee until the news broke in Dallas that Lee was picked up because of the assassination of President Kennedy.
Mr. Rankin.
Tell us about this period you were talking about, when he went to Dallas. Was that before or after the time he went to New Orleans?
Mrs. Oswald.
That was before the time, sir--he lived-from my apartment, the Rotary Apartments, when Lee got the job he lived on Mercedes Street from the end of July, I would say, or the beginning of September, until October, when he left to go to Dallas.
Mr. Rankin.
What year was that?
Mrs. Oswald.
That was in 1963.
Mr. Rankin.
You mean '62?
Mrs. Oswald.
I am sorry---1962. And that was the last I had seen of Marina and Lee.
Mr. Rankin.
Did you ever find where they were in Dallas?
Mrs. Oswald.
No, sir. I explained before that I made no attempt. I thought when they get ready to let me know, that is fine. Up until then, I had to do my own work and take care of myself. And I do respect other people's privileges. If that is the way they want it, fine.
When they get ready to let me know, I will welcome them. If not, I will go about my own business.
Mr. Rankin.
Had you learned they had gone to New Orleans?
Mrs. Oswald.
I had not learned of that until after the assassination. I knew nothing, I had no contact with them.
So, then, the next thing we should start then would be the Dallas--the assassination.
Mr. Rankin.
Whatever you know.
Mrs. Oswald.
Well, I was on a case in a rest home, and I had a 3 to 11 shift. I was dressed, ready to go to work. I was watching--I am a little ahead of my story.
I watched the television in the morning before I was dressed. And Richard Nixon was in Dallas, and he made a television appearance approximately 2 hours before President Kennedy was to arrive in Dallas. And, as a layman, I remember saying, "Well, the audacity of him, to make this statement against President Kennedy just an hour or two before his arrival in Dallas."
And then I had my lunch, and I dressed, with my nurse's uniform on, to go to work, for the 3 to 11 shift. And I have to leave home at 2:30. So I had a little time to watch the Presidential procession.
And while sitting on the sofa, the news came that the President was shot. And there was a witness on television, a man and a little girl on television. However, I could not continue to watch it. I had to report to work.
So I went in the car, and approximately seven blocks away I turned the radio on in the car. I heard that Lee Harvey Oswald was picked up as a suspect.
I immediately turned the car around and came back home, got on the telephone, called Acme Brick in Fort Worth, and asked where Robert was, because he had been traveling, and I must get in touch with Robert immediately, because his brother was picked up as a suspect in the assassination. So they had Robert call me.
Robert didn't know that Lee was picked up.
Mr. Rankin.
Was this the day of the assassination?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, sir, the day of the assassination, they picked Lee up.
Mr. Rankin.
And 3 to 11--that is in the afternoon?
Mrs. Oswald.
This was 2: 30, because I was on my way to work, and I had to be at work at 3 o'clock.
Mr. Rankin.
Three in the afternoon is when you had to be at work?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, sir, and it was 2:30 I heard the news and went back home.
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