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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 179« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Marguerite Oswald Resumed)

Mr. Rankin.
Could we take those letters now and have the reporter identify them? Here is the one about the uncle in the Army?
Mrs. Oswald.
That is one I am sure of.
Now, I did not finish the story of the woman offering Marina a home. I have not finished that story, really. This affidavit that I showed you about the woman offering Marina the home the morning of the 28th--I picked up the newspaper and I read in the newspaper-I will be through with this story in 1 minute. I picked up the newspaper on the 28th of November and I read in the newspaper where this woman had offered Marina a home. So I said to the agent that was sitting up-everybody was sleeping, and as I told you I sat up all night----
Mr. Rankin.
This was 1963, after the assassination?
Mrs. Oswald.
1963, November 28. It was on the 27th that 1 knew my daughter was offered a home. Nothing was said where. In fact, at the time I thought she was going to live in Mr. Gregory's home. I just thought that. I did not ask. I was so hurt, I did not ask.
But on the morning of the 28th I picked up the paper and read this story about the woman going to the Dallas Police offering Marina a home. So I said to this agent, "Evidently that is who Marina is going to live with." But I did not know. But on the 28th is when 1 saw the story of the woman offering Marina the home.
Mr. Rankin.
Now, you have produced a number of letters that you described as being letters received from your son, Lee Oswald, while he was in the Soviet Union.
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Rankin.
And we have asked you if you could identify the three letters that the Secret Service brought back to you and asked you to give a receipt for. You said it is very difficult, if not impossible, £or you to do that. Is that right?
Mrs. Oswald.
No, sir, I did not say that. I said that one letter I was sure of, because it stated that her uncle was an officer in the Soviet Union. That letter I am sure of. The other two letters--I would have to go through the letters. I think I could spot them, because it would be of importance to our country and the Secret Service to know--in other words, it was important for them to know she had an uncle in the Soviet Union. And the other two letters would be on that order. And I believe maybe I could-I would not want to state a fact that these two letters--I think I would be pretty close to choosing the other two letters as the proper letters.
Mr. Rankin.
Mrs. Oswald, I wonder if it would be agreeable to you if we would identify all of those letters that you received from your son while he was in the Soviet Union, and then possibly when we recess you could look them over and see----
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, sir, that's perfectly all right.
Mr. Rankin.
See if you can pick out the ones you gave a receipt for.
Mrs. Oswald.
That is perfectly all right. Any way you want to do it is all right with me.
Mr. Rankin.
Mr. Reporter, I will ask you to mark them, and Mr. Liebeler. will you help in the marking, because the letters are covered with glassine, and it may be hard to mark them with ink. I think by putting those stickers on we can help you.
Mrs. Oswald.
Not all of the letters have dates. I think by taking the date on the back of the envelope it would be all right. And we had them in order. I don't know if they are still in order. But we had them by the dates.
Mr. Rankin.
Mr. Reporter, I offer in evidence Exhibits 170 to 179, both inclusive, being pictures of the funeral and the casket that Mrs. Oswald has produced here for the Commission, and ask leave to substitute copies.
The Chairman.
They may be so introduced.
(The photographs referred to were marked Commission Exhibits Nos. 170 to 179 inclusive for identification, and received in evidence.)
Mr. Rankin.
I then offer the various letters that Mrs. Oswald produced, that she said were sent to her by her son, Lee Harvey Oswald, from the Soviet Union.
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