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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XI - Page 292« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Lee Harvey , Edith Whitworth, Oswald)

Mrs. Oswald.
the following day he went to look for work and he was looking for work all week long and returned to Irving on Saturday.
Mr. Liebeler.
Did he come to work during the week at any time after he got his job and up until Rachel was born, except on weekends?
Mrs. Oswald.
As I remember--not.
Mr. Liebeler.
Let's take a short recess for lunch, and we will resume at 1:30 p.m.
(Whereupon, at 12:30 p.m., the proceeding was recessed.)

Testimony of Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald Resumed

Mr. Liebeler.
Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald
Mr. Liebeler.
The proceeding was reconvened at 1:50 p.m.
Mr. Liebeler.
You previously told the Commission that Lee Oswald prepared a notebook in which he kept plans and notes about his attack on General Walker; is that right?
Mrs. Oswald.
I saw this book only after the attempt on Walker's life. He burned it or disposed of it.
Mr. Liebeler.
Tell me when you first saw the notebook?
*Mrs. OSWALD. Three days after this happened.
Mr. Liebeler.
You saw the notebook 3 days after it had happened?
*Mrs. OSWALD. I think so.
Mr. Liebeler.
How did you come to see it then?
Mrs. Oswald.
When he was destroying it.
Mr. Liebeler.
Is that the only time you ever saw it?
Mrs. Oswald.
I saw on several occasions that he was writing something in the book, but he was hiding it from me and he was locking it in his room.
Mr. Liebeler.
Did he actually lock the door to his room when he left the apartment?
Mrs. Oswald.
The door to his room could be locked only from the inside and he was locking the door when he was writing in the book, otherwise, he was hiding it in some secret place and he warned me not to mess around and look around his things. He asked me not to go into his room and look around.
Mr. Liebeler.
You saw him writing in this book before the night that he shot at General Walker?
*Mrs. OSWALD. Not before the night.
Mr. Mckenzie.
*Mrs. OSWALD. No; not before--1 month before, but not every day, you know, sometimes. I saw him writing on several occasions in that book prior to the attempt on Walker's life, only I did not know what he was writing.
Mr. Liebeler.
Even though you could have gone into this room to look at the book, you did not do so, because Lee had told you not to; is that correct?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes; he forbade me looking around in his room, and so I did not see the book or look at it.
Mr. Liebeler.
But 3 days after he shot at General Walker, you saw him destroy the book; is that correct?
Mrs. Oswald.
Mr. Liebeler.
How did he destroy it?
Mrs. Oswald.
He burned it.
Mr. Liebeler.
Mrs. Oswald.
In the apartment house on Neeley.
Mr. Liebeler.
Where in the apartment?
Mrs. Oswald.
He burned it with matches over a wash bowl in the bathroom.
Mr. Liebeler.
And you first became aware of this when you smelled it burning; is that correct?
Mrs. Oswald.
I did not see the book, but I saw him writing in this book several times, but after he burns the book he told me what was in that book and he showed me several photographs. Before he burned the book, he showed me several photographs that were in the book. I asked him what the pictures were and he said, "Well, this one is the picture of the house of General Walker's--his residence."
Mr. Liebeler.
And that picture was pasted in the notebook; is that right?
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