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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 166« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Marguerite Oswald Resumed)

Mrs. Oswald.
Oswald to know some of these things that his mother has known all of these years.
So I started.
Then Robert had a phone call and he came out of the room, and he was crying bitterly. So I ended the tape I would say I talked approximately 10 minutes. I ended the tape saying, "I'm sorry, but my thoughts have left me, because my son is crying."
I thought for a moment that Robert was crying because of what I was saying, and he was sorry that he had not listened to me before, because I tried to tell him about the defection and my trip to Washington. But Robert was crying because he received a telephone call that we could not get a minister at my son's grave.
They had three ministers that refused to come to the ceremony at my son's grave for church. And that is why Robert was crying bitterly. So that ended the testimony. That little while I testified, that ended it.
Mr. Rankin.
Now, that questioning was a question and answer. You were questioned by the FBI agent, Mr. Howard--
Mrs. Oswald.
No, sir. I was just talking.
Mr. Rankin.
The Secret Service man?
Mrs. Oswald.
Mr. Mike Howard. I was talking on tape.
Mr. Rankin.
Didn't he ask you questions?
Mrs. Oswald.
I don't recall him asking any questions. It could be. But I frankly do not recall him asking any questions. But it was a very short session. And that is the way I ended the tape. I said, "My thoughts have left me because I see my son crying bitterly."
That is the way I ended the tape. And it was a very short tape. I do not remember him questioning me. I think I started to tell my story. And that is the only time.
It was from my persistence that I got on tape just that little while. They did not want to hear anything from me.
Mr. Rankin.
You don't think, then, that at that time there were questions and answers for about 28 pages taken from you?
Mrs. Oswald.
From me no, sir. Definitely not. If they have that, what they have is my talking, like I said, when I saw on television. They said--they were showing Lee's gun. And I was not watching television--I am getting snatches of it, and I said, "Now, how can they say, even though it is Lee's gun, that Lee shot the President. Even being his gun doesn't mean that he shot the President. Someone could have framed him."
If they have 28 pages of that, they have me doing that kind of talking, and had the room bugged, or whatever you want to say. But no, sir, I did not sit and testify. I swear before God 10 times I never have. And that is the point that has bothered me.
Even before Lee's defection no one came along to the house. I called Mr. John Fain in the FBI myself to make friends with him. If they have 20 pages of testimony--that is when they got it, my talking. They got it with a tape recorder going. But I did not, no, sir.
Mr. Rankin.
Well, then, what happened after that?
Mrs. Oswald.
Now--we got off of that. About Robert crying?
Mr. Rankin.
You said that that ended the interview with Mr. Howard.
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, that ended the interview with Mr. Howard, because Robert was crying. I was not consulted. I want you to know this, too. I was not consulted about the graveyard services or any part of my son's funeral.
What I know--when my son was going to be buried--it was approximately 1 hour before the time for my son to be buried. My son Robert knew.
Mr. Rankin.
Do you know whether Marina was consulted?
Mrs. Oswald.
I do not know. And I am assuming that she was. You see, Mr. Gregory taught Russian to Marina. And I believe Marina might have been consulted. But I do not know whether she was consulted or not. But I was not consulted. And since then--we will go on to the story. They have put a marker on the grave. I have not been consulted. I have found out my son is encased in cement, and I did not know anything about it until I investigated and asked the man at the cemetery.
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