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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 416« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Robert Edward Oswald Lee Resumed)

Mr. Oswald.
That occurred during the week of December 2, 1963. It came to my attention from my wife, during the latter part of that week, that my mother said on one occasion, when I talked to her over the phone, a phone call that she said had originated from her home in Fort Worth, Texas, while the Secret Service agents were still present with her, as they were in my home in Denton, Texas, that she turned around at the end of the conversation and said that I requested that they leave her home. And this, to my knowledge, was the reason why they left my mother's home prior to the time they ever left my home. And, as a matter of fact, some of the agents that were at my mother's home came out to Denton to stay at my home. And one of them had conveyed to my wife what was said that night.
Mr. Jenner.
And that is an additional factor affecting your opinion as to the stability of your mother?
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Jenner.
Which leads you to the view that she, since this tragic event, she is not as stable as she was prior thereto?
Mr. Oswald.
That is correct.
Mr. Jenner.
Mr. Oswald.
And I might add, sir--I don't believe I stated this. I, of course, did not request that the agents be removed from my mother's residence.
Mr. Jenner.
All right, sir.
You have testified to ownership of rifles.
Mr. Oswald.
That is correct.
Mr. Jenner.
And do you still own a rifle?
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, sir; I do.
Mr. Jenner.
Did you own and possess a rifle-- will withdraw that.
Did you ever take a rifle to the Irving Sports Shop in Irving, Tex.?
Mr. Oswald.
No, sir; I did not.
Mr. Jenner.
Have you ever been in the Irving Sports Shop in Irving, Tex.?
Mr. Oswald.
No, sir; I have not.
Mr. Jenner.
Did anybody ever take any firearm owned by you or possessed by you and take it to the Irving Sports Shop in Irving, Tex.?
Mr. Oswald.
No, sir; they have not.
Mr. Jenner.
May I inquire of you, Mr. McKenzie--have a question here dealing with the nature of Marina's contract--if there is still one between Robert, Marina, and Thorne.
Do we have that contract?
Mr. Mckenzie.
Yes, it is in evidence and has been given an exhibit number.
And I might also state that I have just left Mr. Rankin's office where I was contacted by long distance telephone from my office in Dallas, Tex., and has a letter read to me over the telephone that Mr. Thorne has sent to Marina Oswald at the home of Mr. Declan P. Ford, in Dallas, Tex., to the effect that he has had and received a letter from me, but regardless of my letter to him, that she cannot unilaterally cancel his contract, and that his contract is one that is coupled with an interest and that it would be to her best interest to immediately contact him directly in order that certain probate papers may be filed in connection with the death of Lee Harvey Oswald, to establish her community interest under the laws of the State of Texas in the estate of Lee Harvey Oswald; and, further that there was some $7,000 being held for Marina Oswald in Fort Worth, Tex., subject to the payment of $100 by Marina N. Oswald, and that likewise there were other business contracts needed to be affirmed or discussed with Marina Oswald by Mr. Thorne.
I might add in that connection that I have instructed my office to have Marina Oswald bring the letter to my office this afternoon or this evening, have a photostatic copy made of Mr. Thorne's letter, and I further instructed my office to contact Mr. Thorne by mail, certified mail, return receipt requested, and requesting in such letter to have Mr. Thorne contact me directly relative to the representation of Marina Oswald.
And I have directed a copy of that letter to be sent to the Grievance Committee of the Dallas Bar Association.
Mr. Jenner.
I take it there at least was, and there is a dispute about it at the moment, as to whether it is still legally effective, an agreement between,
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