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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 446« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Robert Edward Oswald Lee Resumed)

Mr. Jenner.
Could we confine it to the Secret Service first?
Mr. Oswald.
All right.
In answer to that part of the question, I would say I felt like they were not attempting to influence Marina.
Mr. Jenner.
Would it be your impression that they were trying to be completely fair, even leaning over backwards? Or do you have any impression in that respect?
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, sir; I do have an impression and opinion on that.
Mr. Jenner.
Would you state it?
Mr. Oswald.
That I felt at no time during our stay at the Inn of the Six Flags during the week of November 25, 1963, including Sunday, November 24, 1963, that the United States Secret Service agents that were present at time or another did anything other than to be extremely helpful to Marina, and not to the point of attempting to affect her judgment or to, so to speak, put words into her mouth, or in any way lead her with relation to the events that had occurred on November 22, 1963, or prior events that she had recorded on her tape recording interview in the Inn of the Six Flags, or the events happened Sunday, November 23, 1963, until the time she left the Inn of' Flags.
In other words, they conducted themselves in a highly admirable way at all times.
Mr. Jenner.
Now, would you give us your same opinion with respect to the FBI?
Mr. Oswald.
As I testified yesterday, sir; I was of the opinion on the first and the second interview--and I refer to the first interview as I did yesterday as an attempted interview, and I referred to the second interview, to the my recollection it was the second interview, at which time the FBI, in my opinion, kept Marina Oswald in an interview to the extent that it had almost entirely exhausted her.
Mr. Jenner.
Is this the occasion you related to us yesterday, or is another one?
Mr. Oswald.
No, sir; this is the second occasion, when there was an interview.
Mr. Jenner.
Would you please tell us about that, and when it occurred?
Mr. Oswald.
This interview occurred approximately Wednesday night November 27, 1963.
Mr. Jenner.
Mr. Oswald.
At the Inn of the Six Flags, at which time the FBI agents and Mr. Tom Kelley, of the United States Secret Service, left the room that we had been staying in with Marina Oswald and went to the adjoining set of rooms that was located, of course, right next to the room we had been staying, and commenced an interview. It is my understanding that Mr. Kelley was not present at this interview.
However, he was in the adjoining room to that set of rooms, and that he was not permitted to be within the immediate interviewing area.
I do not recall the exact length of this interview. But as the night it became at least apparent to me that due to the state of Marina Oswald at that time, considering all the things that had occurred, and the difficulty that she was having producing enough milk for the baby Rachel, that they were extremely disregarding her own personal welfare at this time.
And I did go to the adjoining rooms, and I believe Mr. Kelley opened the door. And at that time I related to him that the babies had awakened, and that they needed their mother, Marina Oswald. He immediately informed the interviewers in the next room. And as my memory serves me, Mr. Kelley turned to me and stated he was glad I did that, and I stated to him that the babies were still asleep, and I did it on the very purpose of stopping the interview, too, to the length and the nature of Marina's welfare, and to the extent that that was quite late at night.
Mr. Dulles.
Were you present during the whole interview?
Mr. Oswald.
No, sir; I was not. I was in the adjoining rooms, keeping an eye just in ease the babies did wake and so forth.
Mr. Dulles.
Was there an interpreter present at that time?
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