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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 244« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Marguerite Oswald Resumed)

Mrs. Oswald.
this that Marina said, and publicize it, when they possibly could not now prove that Lee had anything to do with it, gun or bullets or anything. I could not see his purpose in doing this--which has hurt my daughter-in-law very much. I have many letters from people expressing their opinion that they did not appreciate her coming out with these remarks. But it is Mr. Jim Martin.
Marina is a foreign girl, and doesn't know what these people are doing to her, Mr. Rankin. I have publicly fought this over and over--if you have my quotes from the Fort Worth Star Telegram and so on, and probably the New York papers. I deeply feel sorry for Marina. Marina is a Russian girl. Maybe if her husband was picked up to be a murderer, maybe they would shoot him in Russia, I don't know.
But here we have an American way of life that Marina is not familiar with.
Mr. Rankin.
Don't you want her to tell the truth about it?
Mrs. Oswald.
I want Marina to tell the truth just like I want to tell the truth. But from my testimony here, I have found out that Marina has lied.
Mr. Rankin.
What have you found out about the Walker incident? Have you found anything about that was untrue that Marina said?
Mrs. Oswald.
That Marina said it?
Mr. Rankin.
Mrs. Oswald.
I have not heard Marina say it. I have not heard Marina say it. I can answer this way. This comes from Mr. Jim Martin. There is many, many things about Mr. Jim Martin and Mr. Thorne that I don't think maybe it is right that I should say these things in front of the Commission, because they are rumors.
But a rumor, you will have to, in a case as big as this, and where there are so many people involved, you have to analyze these rumors. I will say this: understand from many, many a source that the Dallas Bar Association is going to have Mr. Jim Thorne before them. Now that is my understanding there.
Mr. Rankin.
So all you know about the Walker incident is what you have read in the papers.
Mrs. Oswald.
What I have read in the paper. And I certainly did not appreciate that. Mr. Jim Martin is a citizen, if Marina is not.
Mr. Rankin.
Now, did you ever ask your son, Lee Oswald, whether he was an agent of anybody?
Mrs. Oswald.
No sir, I have never asked Lee Oswald if he was an agent because I felt like he would not tell me.
Mr. Rankin.
But you have not asked him.
Mrs. Oswald.
No, I have not asked him.
Oh, one very important thing that I must tell you. On November 26---that was the night of November 26, and the day of November 26 was when I found out that Marina was going to live with someone else, and we had no contact. So I knew I wasn't wanted or involved. I was in the bedroom. And I left the Inn of the Six Flags, gentlemen, under strict security protection. I opened the door and had my coat and pocketbook, and I went out doors. And I was about 15 feet when they realized that I had left the Inn. Now, there was a man on the outside. stationed there night and day. But there was a little arbor. And this was in the bedroom. We had two entrances-one to the living room and one to the bedroom. I opened the bedroom door. I had my coat and bag and I was going to go home. I was going to take a bus and go home because didn't get to talk to my daughter-in-law--they had taken over.
And I was 15 or 20 feet when two agents came and took me by the arm and went back in. I didn't make a stink or anything about it. And that night I sat up all night, and the next morning I insisted upon going home. But the point that has to be made is was I under arrest or not--since these men came and took me by the arm and brought me back to the Inn of the Six Flags.
The Chairman.
Were you all dressed to go home when they took hold of you that way?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, sir, when they took hold of me this way. And I didn't say anything. I just went back in. So then the doctor---I do not know his name, you have his name--the doctor came in to see the children, they had diarrhea. And the man whispered something to the doctor. And we closed the door. The doctor asked me for Lee's social security number. And I have
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