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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 260« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Marguerite Oswald Resumed)

Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, I understand that thoroughly.
I would like to produce some other evidence that I have also to this Commission. I have, as Mr. Doyle knows, a tape recorder with a few recordings on it, and there are several, two, I believe. Mr. Sorrels' recordings on that. found it necessary, because my mail was being opened, my mail, I have reported to the Postal Inspections, I have stated in the beginning that all of my rights were taken away from me, and, sir, believe me they were, and when I was a lone woman I would say something I was supposed to be out of my mind and didn't know what I was talking about I started to decide I needed some evidence too and Mr. Sorrels kept pushing me off about seeing my daughter-in-law, I have him on tape, and I have Mr. Thorne on tape about my mail being opened. I have some other evidence.
Mr. Rankin.
Have you ever transcribed that?
Mrs. Oswald.
No sir.
Mr. Rankin.
Would you transcribe that and send us copies of it?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, sir. That is a very long document. I was never questioned and answered.
The Chairman.
It would hardly seem possible, Mrs. Oswald, that unless this is a complete fabrication that anyone could have given these answers but you, it is--so many of these questions and answers are exactly what you have told us.
Mrs. Oswald.
Exactly what I have told you, sir, I have been in the news continuously, I have made the same statements over and over in magazines and newspapers and press conferences, yes, sir, that is not news to anybody.
And as a matter of fact, I was taped, oh, this might be a point, I was taped at my first press conference which was at the Fort Worth Press Club which I talked approximately 2 hours, and there was a tape recorder there. I talked over 2 hours at that press conference.
Mr. Rankin.
This is question and answer?
For instance, and I am looking at page 18, there are different questions and answers.
Mrs. Oswald.
That is a condensed version of my whole testimony, as I say, because I have been in the public eye and I have all of these things public. These things have been made public.
Mr. Rankin.
This purports to be following the tape recording as to your son Robert, you remember his giving a tape recording interview?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, Robert gave a tape recording, I told you, and so did Marina and I was not asked to be tape recorded.
I myself asked to give testimony and I did give about 5- or 10-minutes testimony that I say again that I ended up with now all my thoughts are gone, I see my son crying, a very short, and if I remember correctly, I started with the defection. I do know because I said "Robert doesn't know anything about my trip to Washington. He wasn't interested and maybe he should listen to my testimony." And I got not far from it when Robert cried and that ended that testimony.
The Chairman.
Mrs. Oswald, while we are waiting, you may relax. We will take a little recess, if you want to refresh yourself, you may step out. That is perfectly all right.
Mrs. Oswald.
One thing, of course I am not supposed to tell you what to do, I know and I don't mean to, Chief Justice, but since this man was reassigned to guard me in Fort Worth I would like to know if he was free or if he was taken off another assignment to come to Fort Worth to guard me for this trip? Because it is the same man, understand?
Mr. Rankin.
Mrs. Oswald, I think in regard to that I had better state on the record we had nothing to do, that is the Commission or myself, about the selection of any of the personnel. We just asked the Secret Service to handle it and so we don't at this time know what the answer is to your question.
Mrs. Oswald.
Thank you.
(Short recess.)
The Chairman.
All right, Mr. Rankin, you may continue.
Mr. Rankin.
Mr. Chairman, we have this transcript at this time that we are ready to play now and it starts out with Robert Oswald's testimony or answers and questions like the transcription, written. transcription states at
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