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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 314« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Robert Edward Oswald Lee Resumed)

Mr. Oswald.
with somebody like Marina and to show her things that she had never seen before in her life.
Representative Boggs.
In the time, of course, you had known her ever since she came here, and you have seen her since the assassination of President Kennedy, have you had any feeling that she was anything other than a normal housewife? You know there has been speculation that in light of the fact she was born in Russia and that she got an exit visa without too much difficulty that maybe she had connections that were not entirely just that of a normal housewife. Did you ever have any feeling----
Mr. Oswald.
The only time I had any reservations about Marina Oswald was on Friday, November 22, until approximately 2 days-later. I say during this 2-day period I was not sure whether or not she had been involved in any of the happenings of that date. I wanted not to believe that she did, but I wanted to be cautious about it. I believe on Sunday night, November 24, in my presence she gave a complete and freely stated everything up to that time that she was aware of to the U.S. Secret Service on a tape recorder. And I formulated my opinion then that apparently, and I feel this way now, that she did not have anything to do with that, and she is nothing other than just what she appears to be, just a housewife, having a very difficult time at this time.
Representative Boggs.
Have you in your own mind reached any conclusions on whether or not your brother killed President Kennedy?
Mr. Oswald.
Based on the circumstantial evidence that has been reported in newspapers and over the radio and television, I would have to say that it appears that he did kill President Kennedy.
Representative Boggs.
Would you, having reached that conclusion under the circumstances that you outlined a moment ago, and having known him all of his life, although not too intimately the last year of his life, would you give us any reason for why he may have done this?
Mr. Oswald.
No, sir: I could not.
Representative Boggs.
It came as, I would think, a great shock to you?
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, sir; it certainly did, and I might add that the Lee Harvey Oswald that I knew would not have killed anybody.
Representative Boggs.
Have you discussed this matter with your stepbrother since it happened?
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, sir.
Representative Boggs.
This, as I understand, Mr. Counsel, is hearsay but we are just trying to establish----
Mr. Mckenzie.
Mr. Boggs, in order that the record be absolutely clear, you were not here when we commenced this morning due to your duties at the House, let me state this for the purpose of the record and yourself and the entire Commission, you ask Robert Oswald any question that you want to ask him.
Representative Boggs.
Thank you very much.
Mr. Mckenzie.
And furthermore, any information we have or any information we can get from any source will likewise be turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or to this Commission or to any other investigative agency, because----
Representative Boggs.
The mandate that we are operating under is that we discover the truth.
Mr. Mckenzie.
I can assure you, sir, that the main reason that we are here, and I speak for Robert Oswald, is to see that the truth is given fully, and developed as fully as possible, to give any light to this tragic event.
Representative Boggs.
I just have one or two other questions.
Mr. Oswald.
I believe your last question was whether or not----
Representative Boggs.
I am frankly reluctant to ask you the question, but you and your brother John must have speculated about how this event could have happened, did you not?
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, and no, sir. To this extent: On Sunday night November 24, with the help of the Secret Service, I was able to reach my older brother John by telephone. He did not have a telephone in his house. We had to go through the Air Force base where he was located.
Mr. Dulles.
Where was he living then?
Mr. Oswald.
In San Antonio with the Air Force.
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