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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 238« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Marguerite Oswald Resumed)

Mrs. Oswald.
very glossy picture, black and white, with a big face and shoulders. This is the picture shown me, sir.
Now, at Six Flags Inn, about 3 days later, when I entered the room, on the table were a lot of newspapers. I walked into the room in the presence of my son, and all of the agents. As I stated before, Marina and I knew nothing of what went on. We did not know how Lee was shot or anything, because we did not sit down and watch television.
Mr. Rankin.
What son are you talking about?
Mrs. Oswald.
Robert. So this is approximately the Wednesday, the 25th--no---Sunday was the 24th. About the 26th--it was a few days after Lee was shot, a couple of days. So I walked into the room, and I picked this paper up and turned it over, and I exclaimed, "This is the picture of the man that the FBI agent showed me."
And one of the agents said, "Mrs. Oswald, that is the man that shot your son."
Believe me, gentlemen, I didn't even ask his name. And nothing more was said.
Now, that is very unusual.
Mr. Rankin.
Now, the picture that you are talking about that you picked up, was a picture in the newspaper?
Mrs. Oswald.
In the newspaper. The bottom part of the newspaper. I can see that like I can see the picture. I had never seen the picture before.
Mr. Rankin.
Did you later learn whose picture that was?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, when I returned to my home in Fort Worth, Tex., about a week later, Mr. Blair Justice, of the Star Telegram, brought me all the papers, that was the next time I saw the pictures and knew it was Mr. Ruby. And it was a bottom page, and it was this picture shown me. Now, this is what I want to know.
Mr. Rankin.
Tell us who was there when you said that, about the picture in the paper?
Mrs. Oswald.
Mr. Mike Howard, Mr. Garry Seals--well, all of the agents there. The room was full. And Robert Oswald was there. The room was full.
Mr. Rankin.
Was Marina there?
Mrs. Oswald.
Marina was in the bedroom. Marina and I stayed in the bedroom with the children. We could get snatches of the television and so on. The children had diarrhea and so on. We were busy.
As I picked the paper up and turned it over, it was on the back. This picture I saw, the same picture.
Mr. Rankin.
Do you know whether your son Lee Oswald knew Jack Ruby?
Mrs. Oswald.
No, sir, I have no way of knowing that. I just hope that he did, if I am right. If Lee is an agent, I hope he knew Jack Ruby.
Representative Ford.
When you made that statement, after looking at the newspaper, did you say it loudly enough for people in the room to hear it?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, sir, because they answered me. They said, "That is the picture of the man that shot your son."
But nothing has been said since that. That is the part that I question all about this.
And then I am not asked to be subpenaed at Jack Ruby's trial or anything.
The FBI says yes, they showed me a picture, but that wasn't a picture of Jack Ruby, not even giving me a chance.
I don't understand. Something is not according to Hoyle. I keep telling you gentlemen.
Now, I can identify this picture, I believe, out of a hundred pictures.
It was a black and white glossy picture of a big face and shoulders. And why 1 express it--he had it cupped in his hand, and he poked his arm and his hand with my bifocals, and all I could see was the picture and the hand. I didn't even see Mr. Odum so much. That was that hand poked in front of me. I am positive of this. Yet I am not asked any more about the picture. They state, yes, they showed me a picture, but not this picture. I am positive, gentlemen.
Mr. Rankin.
I will ask you about a list of names and see if you know any of them, or if your son, Lee Oswald, knew any of them, to your knowledge.
Mrs. Oswald.
I will be happy to answer.
Mr. Rankin.
Karen Bennett, do you know that?
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