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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 165« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Marguerite Oswald Resumed)

Mrs. Oswald.
garage, and this was the gun that was presumably used to assassinate the President, that the police had--and showed it to Marina, and asked Marina if that was Lee's gun that was in the garage. She said she didn't know --that Lee had a gun in the garage, but she did not know whether that was the gun or not.
Mr. Rankin.
Did you have any discussion with Marina about the gun after that?
Mrs. Oswald.
No, sir--when she said that, that was it. Any comments--as I said before that was it.
Now, where did I finish, please, so I can continue?
Mr. Rankin.
Well, you had gotten to the Six Flags, and you had heard about your son being killed. And then you had gotten to the Parkland Hospital.
Mrs. Oswald.
We were through at the Parkland Hospital.
Mr. Rankin.
You had gotten through with the Parkland Hospital.
Mrs. Oswald.
And then we got to the chief of police's home in Irving. And we finished that. So now we are at the Six Flags.
Mr. Rankin.
Mrs. Oswald.
So the FBI agent took us to the Six Flags.
I was never questioned by the Secret Service or the FBI at Six Flags. My son, in my presence, was questioned and taped, and Marina was continuously questioned and taped. But I have never been questioned.
I had all the papers from the State Department, and all of my research from Lee's I say so-called defection. And I wanted them to have them. All the papers were at home.
I told them I thought I could save a lot of manpower, while they were getting the original papers, because I know that each department in the State Department had a reference on Lee, and I had the whole thing condensed, and by them having my papers, they could get the picture. They were not interested in any papers I had. They were not interested.
Mr. Rankin.
Were you not questioned on November 22, 1963?
Mrs. Oswald.
No, sir. Here is what you may have on tape.
I insisted so much that they talked to me, because I had all this--that Mr. Mike Howard finally agreed--not 22d, though.
Mr. Rankin.
This is Mr. Harlan Brown and Mr. Charles T. Brown?
Mrs. Oswald.
That is the two FBI agents, Mr. Brown, questioned me in the office. But all they wanted to know is how did I know my son was an agent, and how did I know that he had the money from the State Department. And I told them Congressman Wright knew, and that they would investigate Congressman Wright. That was a very short questioning. I mean I explained that before. I told them I wanted to talk to the FBI, and I did. And it was the two Mr. Browns, and there were two other men.
Mr. Rankin.
Then Mr. Howard was what date?
Mrs. Oswald.
Mike Howard? Mike Howard was toward the end, because I was so persistent in them talking to me, that finally he decided he would put me on tape. But I do not consider this questioning. It was the date of the funeral--I remember now.
Mr. Rankin.
November 25th?
Mrs. Oswald.
Was that the day of the funeral? If this was the day of the funeral--I can tell you why. He decided he would put me on tape. So I started to tell him about my having the papers, and Lee's defection. And then Robert came out of the room and was crying bitterly. I saw Robert crying.
Wait, I am ahead of my story.
You have to understand this. As a family, we separated--not maybe for any particular reason, it is just the way we live. I am not a mother that has a home that the children can come to and feed them and so on. I am a working mother. I do 24-hour duty. So I am not that type mother, where I am a housewife with money, that the children have a home to come to.
So I said to Mike Howard, "I would like Robert to hear this. Maybe he will learn something." Because Robert never did want to know about my trip to Washington. He doesn't know. Robert never was interested in anything. Lee did not want to know about my trip to Washington. So I thought well now this is an opportunity, since the tragedy has happened, for Mr. Robert
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