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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VIII - Page 179« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Marilyn Dorothea Murret)

Mr. Liebeler.
that they are disturbing the peace. I mean these are just boys---that's what he said, "they are just boys, and I handle a lot of them like that?" And then after I saw it on television, he didn't deny anything, and he said out and out that he was a Marxist.
Mr. Liebeler.
My question is basically, did this surprise you, based on the past experiences that you had with him? And did it surprise you that all of a sudden he was in the street handing out leaflets?
Miss MURRET. Yes; it did, because he didn't say anything, but then, after something happens, then you start formulating your opinions, of course. But I mean he seemed to be perfectly content, and particularly after he met Marina. But then in other theories that were expounded, that perhaps because he was turned down by Russia and then turned down by Fidel, that perhaps he wanted to show them that he could commit such a great act without the help of any others, and still they didn't want him to work for them, you know----
Mr. Liebeler.
This is the theory that you have thought of since the assassination?
Miss MURRET. I beg your pardon?
Mr. Liebeler.
This is a theory that you have thought up since the assassination?
Miss MURRET. Well, because everybody yells--it just didn't strike me, so if there was any reason, that just seemed to be the most logical one. But then, on the other hand, and I know now that I am looking back on all this, and don't think that Khrushchev really turned him down at first, and then let him have access to all of Russia, you know. I don't think he was just turned down immediately, like that, and then being allowed to work in the factories, and go from one city to the other.
Mr. Liebeler.
Did Lee ever indicate to you that he didn't receive the kind of treatment that he expected to receive when he went to Russia?
Miss MURRET. Nothing. I didn't press him on that, because I figured even if somebody didn't like it, that they, after they had done such a thing, they wouldn't probably want to come back and just, you know, do nothing but knock it. He wouldn't anyway, since everybody was so horrified that he left, that he, you know, that he wouldn't admit that big of a mistake. I don't think he could have realized that, because, I mean, as I am saying, he liked to do what he wanted to do. And as an individual he never did really seek company. But then, no Communist lives like the Communists, anyway--they live like capitalists, and just preach the doctrine.
Mr. Liebeler.
I think you indicated in response to my question as to whether or not you thought that Lee had done it, that it all looks very much that way and that the evidence points that way, but what do you believe? Do you believe he did it?
Miss MURRET. On circumstantial evidence, but I don't--there have been so many conflicting reports, you know, as to two guns and one person supplying the telescope, and another stating that that telescope had already been mounted; so, if there were, I--it could have been more than one shot actually, or I mean shot from more than one place.
Mr. Liebeler.
Did you ever see Lee in possession of a weapon of any kind when he was here in New Orleans?
Miss MURRET. No.
Mr. Liebeler.
Did you see any rifle in his apartment?
Miss MURRET. No.
Mr. Liebeler.
Did you ever mention that he had a rifle?
Miss MURRET. No.
Mr. Liebeler.
Can you think of anything else that you can remember about Lee that I didn't ask you about that you think the Commission should know? If you can, I would like to have you put it in the record.
Miss MURRET. I don't know of any.
Mr. Liebeler.
Were you interviewed by the FBI?
Miss MURRET. Yes.
Mr. Liebeler.
How many times?
Miss MURRET. Once. My mother and I at the same time----
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