Saturday, February 13, 2010
Lee Oswald's Biography (full version at SCRIBD)
to see LHO's biography in full, please go to SCRIBD and seek articles by 'Judyth Vary Baker'
Assisted by researchers associated with the Lee Harvey Oswald Fact-Check Committee, a google newsgroup,we have worked to provide readers, students and the public with a better and more exhaustive biography of Lee Harvey Oswald, including more recent facts, melding the "official version" facts that happen to be true with new evidence and information, thereby presenting a relatively unbiased biography of Lee Harvey Oswald.
The Modern Lee Harvey Oswald Biography: Updated with New Evidence, Witnesses and Information
Why this biography is necessary: A biased “official version” of Lee Harvey Oswald’s biography is currently found cloned across the Internet. Much of its information is also outdated. This modern, updated biography offers not only verified facts, but also a rich selection of additional new evidence and information to provide a reliable and quotable resource for serious scholars, students and the public.
Lee Harvey Oswald
Aliases: A.J. Hidell, Alek Oswald, O.H. Lee, Harvey Oswald, Harvey Lee Oswald Acronym: LHO
Born: October 18, 1939. Birthplace: The Old French Hospital in New Orleans, LA, USA.Died: November 24, 1963, Dallas, TX. Father: Robert Edward Lee Oswald, Sr.; Mother: Marguerite Claverie Oswald; Brothers: John Edward Pic (half brother - b 1931), Robert Edward Lee Oswald, Jr. (full brother, b 1934); Wife: Marina (Nikolayevna Prusakova) Oswald (b July 17, 1941); Children: June Lee Oswald (b Feb. 15, 1961), Audrey Marina Rachel Oswald (b Oct. 20, 1963).
INTRODUCTION TO THE CASE
Oswald’s full biography is presented below this introduction.
Any biography of Oswald should first mention why an unbiased biography is necessary. To this end, an introduction to the case is presented here, before entering the full chronology of Oswald’s life. Oswald was the officially accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, who was shot in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. However, Kennedy had many enemies, and a “Wanted for Treason” poster was seen everywhere in Dallas that day. Oswald was almost immediately singled out as the only gunman. Arrested at 1:40 PM, a mere 70 minutes after Kennedy’s murder, Oswald’s arrest sheet states: “This man shot and killed President John F. Kennedy and Police Officer J. D. Tippit. He also shot and wounded Governor John Connally.” This statement was signed by two arresting officers and by Dallas Police Captain Will Fritz, who filed charges the same day. The statement does not say that Oswald is a suspect. It presumed his guilt: no hunt for any other gunman was conducted after Oswald’s arrest, and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover called off investigations of other possible assassins. The FBI quickly declared Oswald guilty, though the Bureau acted without the right to adjudge in matters of local jurisdiction. It must be also be noted that “(d)espite physical abuse and absolute isolation, Oswald continued to state that he was innocent. Each previous assassin of an American president immediately and boastfully declared that the act was his.” Two investigations, after Oswald’s death by murder, were conducted: first, by The Warren Commission (WC), whose investigation relied on the findings of the FBI, and later by the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), which complained that information was withheld by the CIA. Both concluded Oswald was guilty, though the HSCA established there was a conspiracy involved, based on recorded acoustic evidence. However, the recorded acoustic evidence was probably invalid. However, seasoned Parkland Hospital emergency room doctors who inspected Kennedy to determine the nature of his wounds reported he had a gaping hole in the back of his head, in stark contrast to later autopsy reports made by military doctors describing nothing but a small entry bullet wound in the back of Kennedy’s head. There are so many eyewitnesses to the exit wound as the Parkand Hospital doctors and personnel described it that honest researchers conclude, taking into account other problems (such as suspicious autopsy photos, and the fact that Kennedy’s brain, which would have provided proof of which direction the bullet came from, has “gone missing”) that the Zapruder film showing Kennedy struck from the front depicts the truth – meaning Oswald could not fire the fatal bullet, since his position was in a building behind Kennedy when the bullet struck. Typical is the testimony of Dr. Robert McClelland, a physician in the emergency room who observed that the back right part of the head was blown out, along with posterior cerebral tissue, and that some cerebellar tissue was missing. The size of the back head wound, according to his description, indicated it was an exit wound, and that a second shooter from the front delivered the fatal head shot. Clint Hill, the Secret Service Agent who was sheltering the President with his body on the way to the hospital, said "The right rear portion of his head was missing. It was lying in the rear seat of the car." Reports that Hill “pushed” Jackie Kennedy back into the car abound, but she said she was retrieving a piece of her husband’s brain that had been blown out onto the trunk of the car. She carried it in her hand to the hospital.
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Therefore, concerns about a conspiracy exist, due to troubling witness statements, planted evidence in the case, and allegations by CIA and FBI agents that Oswald had worked in some capacity for the CIA and/or FBI, all of which cannot be ignored by unbiased researchers. Most recently, the ARRB (Assassinations Records Review Board, a government-ordered official inquiry) was created due to an outcry of the people after the 1991 Oliver Stone film, JFK, exposed how the case, and Oswald, had been mishandled.
The ARRB assembled a huge list of records the law required to be released: however, many records are still being unlawfully withheld.
The Background of the Case: Additional Problems
In 1959, Lee Harvey Oswald, a former United States Marine, defected to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, arriving in Moscow just before his 20th birthday. He returned nearly three years later to the United States with a Russian wife and baby, without being arrested. On June 25, 1963, he obtained a new US passport in only 24 hours. Prof. Michael Kurtz and others have stated Oswald worked closely with former FBI agent Guy Banister in New Orleans, who was prominent in anti-Castro activities. We have stated that Oswald, age 24, was arrested an hour and ten minutes after President Kennedy was shot, and quickly charged with killing Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit (killed thirty-four minutes after Kennedy's assassination). Evidence exists that should concern anyone interested in who was responsible for Kennedy’s murder. For example, Lyndon Johnson’s aide and J. Edgar Hoover had this phone conversation, which was taped:
“The thing I am concerned about, and so is [Deputy Attorney General Nicholas] Katzenbach, is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin.” –FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, speaking on the telephone to Johnson aide Walter Jenkins two hours after Oswald was murdered by Jack Ruby, HSCA Report, vol. III, pp. 471-73.
Subsequent government investigations ruled Oswald was the sole assassin, but, as Dallas author and reporter Jim Marrs testified before the ARRB (Assassinations Records Review Board):
"...consider yourselves detectives. You arrive on the crime scene and here is the victim's body.
The uniformed police present you with four suspects. By the way, they tell you, we caught Suspect
Number 4 destroying evidence, withholding evidence, altering evidence, fabricating evidence and
intimidating witnesses. Now who are you going to believe committed the crime? Suspect Number
4. In this case Suspect Number 4 represents persons within the Federal Government of the United
States. The crimes mentioned have been documented. So the government that we turn to for
information on this case includes some of the very suspects in the case."
Marrs' statement exemplifies the problems encountered in assigning "guilty" or "innocent" to Oswald, and why "conspiracy theorists" find the Kennedy assassination case intriguing. If the fox killed the rooster, can it be trusted to guard the henhouse? A few more salient examples of questionable evidence used to present Oswald as guilty should be mentioned: there are at least two "killer rifles" involved, both identified as "the" rifle owned by Oswald that killed Kennedy. One rifle --an Italian carbine -- is on display at The National Archives. It measures 36" long. But the famed "backyard photos" purport to show Oswald with the same rifle, though that Italian carbine measures 40" long. The two rifles even have different sling mount attachments. The "backyard photos" also show Oswald's chin as square -- clearly not his chin-- and the 'subversive' publication he holds is too big -- it had to have been inserted into the photographs. Oswald himself protested, when shown one of these photographs, that his head had been pasted onto someone else's body. In another example, Oswald, unshaven, beaten, and wearing torn clothing, was placed in lineups with well-dressed office workers wearing ties. Oswald's request to be allowed a shower, and to be given a jacket to wear, was denied. A third example of mishandling the suspect and the evidence is that, stunningly, no written or recorded records of anything Oswald said during at least 12 hours of interrogation were ever made, though a pool of stenographers worked for the Dallas police department, and tape recorders were available. The Warren Commission had to rely on what the Dallas police, the FBI and the CIA interrogating officers reported as Oswald's words, Even so, everyone agreed Oswald never confessed to the crime, despite relentless pressure to do so. Decades later, FBI agent James Hosty, who interrogated Oswald part of that time, presented a few scribbled notes for examination. Most troubling of all, Oswald was quickly arraigned for two murders with malice with no legal representation, despite his pleas for a lawyer.
"I emphatically deny these charges," Oswald told reporters. "I'm just a patsy!" Less than forty-eight hours after Kennedy’s death —before he could be brought to trial-- while being transferred under heavy police custody from the city jail to the county jail, Oswald was mortally wounded by a gunshot to the abdomen by nightclub owner, police-influencer and Mafia associate Jack Ruby. The murder was viewed by millions on live television. As Oswald lay dying, having been taken to a small room in the jail's garage where the shooting took place, police urged him to confess. Oswald shook his head, then lapsed into unconsciousness. He was taken by ambulance to Parkland Hospital a few minutes later -- the same hospital where President Kennedy had died two days earlier. There Oswald expired, during a frantic operation to repair massive internal injuries from the bullet. Oswald's was the first live murder in television history.
On September 24, 1964 the Warren Commission, whose members were appointed by President Lyndon Johnson, published The Warren Commission Report, with 26 volumes of investigative material and interviews. It concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the killing of Kennedy and the wounding of Texas Governor John Connally. The findings have since been proven controversial and have been both challenged and reaffirmed. Because evidence has been suppressed, or ignored, by defenders of the official version, and because many records still withheld will not be released until almost every witness will be deceased, and in consideration of the suspicious deaths of a number of witnesses who were speaking out, or might have done so, conspiracy theorists, noting how frequently the murders of leaders have occurred elsewhere in the world, have concluded that a Coup d'Etat may have taken place, with government officials cooperating with those responsible to keep the country from falling into chaos. With the knowledge that an ‘official version’ of Oswald's biography has been widely circulated as the ‘only’ trustworthy version, when it is well known that much new evidence, and the statements of new emerging witnesses, have not been adequately addressed, and that some evidence and witness statements have been suppressed or distorted by proponents of the ‘official version,’ Oswald's biography is presented here using a balanced viewpoint, taking into consideration both old information and newer information now available.
The Modern Lee Harvey Oswald Biography: Updated with New Evidence, Witnesses and Information
Birthdate: October 18, 1939, Birthplace: The Old French Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
family members: Lee Oswald was the third child and third son of New Orleans native Marguerite Claverie, by her second marriage, to Robert Edward Lee Oswald (married 20 July, 1933). Lee Oswald's full brother, Robert, was born April 7, 1934. Lee's oldest sibling, a half-brother (John Edward Pic) was born January 17, 1932, after Marguerite's previous marriage to Edward John Pic, Jr ended in divorce. Marguerite described her marriage to Robert E. Lee Oswald, an insurance agent, as a happy one, but he died of a heart attack on August 19th, 1939, two months before Lee Oswald was born. He was named Lee after his father; Harvey was his paternal grandmother's maiden name.
After two years of struggle, Marguerite, financially and emotionally stressed, placed her sons in a Lutheran orphanage, Bethlehem Children's Home, Lee at first being kept by his affectionate Aunt Lillian (Marguerite's sister) and his Uncle Charles Murret until he was old enough to enter the orphanage, where he remained with his brothers for about a year. Their mother visited them on weekends. Marguerite's third marriage, to Edwin A. Ekdahl, an electrical engineer, allowed Lee to return home, to Dallas, TX. where he was treated as a son by Ekdahl, while Lee's brothers were sent to Chamberlain-Hunt Military Academy at Port Gibson, Miss, their tuition there paid by their mother. The marriage was happy for a time, but after they moved to Fort Worth, TX, problems developed when Ekdahl committed infidelities, and the couple had a bitter divorce in June, 1948.
Lee and his mother moved often in the ensuing years, each move making it more difficult for Lee, who suffered from dyslexia, to catch up on his studies and make friends. Nevertheless, Lee managed to pass his classes and did not fail any grades, and his general behavior was not considered erratic or violent, though there is no doubt that he was a thoughtful and quiet child, whose deep interest in reading, despite his disability, along with a lifelong interest in politics, classical music and chess, would serve to set him apart.
However, by his early teens, incidents of concern arose: in New York, where he and his mother moved in 1952, Lee's half-brother, John Pic, reported that Lee made a threatening gesture with a knife at his wife, while Lee's truancy while living in the Bronx caused him to be remanded to Youth House, a reform school, which was a brutalizing experience. A psychiatrist there concluded Lee had emotional problems, with no family support to rely upon. But Lee may have found an anchor in his troubled seas: he reported to his lover, Judyth Vary Baker, in 1963 that he found a 'cause to live for' when he viewed TV episodes of "I Led Three Lives" featuring the true, secret life of Herbert Philbrick, a double agent for the FBI who had penetrated a Communist cell in New York. New evidence comes from the Charles Thomas family, that Charles Thomas, a Customs agent in Buffalo, New York, who later moved to Miami, befriended Lee and may have influenced him. Thomas, a decade later, was described as meeting Lee Oswald in New Orleans after his return from the Soviet Union, for the purpose of expediting the processing of Lee Oswald's passport, which he received, though a 'defector' to communism, and with a passport application that presented an intent to return to the Soviet Union and other suspect countries, in only 24 hours. No official excuse for this remarkable event has satisfied independent investigators.
NEW YORK, HERBERT PHILBRICK, AND RETURN TO NEW ORLEANS
Lee Oswald told at least two other persons (his mother and his older brother, Robert) that Philbrick became a hero in his eyes. At this time, at age 13, it is known that he began studying both communism and capitalism intensely, reading Marx, Lenin, Hobbes, Hume, Huxley, and the works of American founding fathers, with the intention, Baker said, of becoming a double agent himself. Lee's family also reported that Lee memorized his older brother Robert's Marine Manual, and that he wore his brother's Marine ring (the ring was removed from Oswald's left hand when he was arrested in Dallas on November 22, 1963).
Fearing her son would be returned to Youth House after a brief reprieve, during which Lee Oswald seemed to be doing well in school, Marguerite refused to appear for court hearings; instead, she left New York, biut instead of returning to Texas, she returned to New Orleans with Lee in 1954, where she received help from her sister Lillian, whose husband Charles "Dutz" Murret worked for New Orleans godfather Carlos Marcello. While his mother began dating mafia-connected figures in New Orleans, notably, Lee began attending CAP (Civil Air Patrol) meetings, taking on a paper route to earn money for a CAP uniform. CAP meetings stressed patriotism and pre-military training, especially flight training. A photo of Lee in the company of notorious CAP Commander and professional pilot David W. Ferrie was discovered in 1993 and published on PBS Frontline. Ferrie was implicated in the Kennedy assassination by New Orleans D.A. Jim Garrison, but died only days after he protested he would now be killed: the official autopsy said death occurred via natural causes, but two unsigned suicide notes and other difficulties obscure a final decision on the matter; in 1995, Ferrie was unveiled as an Oswald associate, CIA asset and cancer researcher in a book by Edward T. Haslam, updated in 2007 as Dr. Mary's Monkey, substantiating Garrison's suspicions as revealed in his book On the Trail of the Assassins.
LIFE IN THE MARINES
In New Orleans, and later in Fort Worth, Texas, Lee would attend five different schools in the next several years, finally dropping out a few days after his 17th birthday to join the Marines (both his siblings had already joined military organizations), his longtime dream. He had attempted to join the Marines when he was only 16, using a faked birth certificate, buit his small physical stature was a giveaway, and he was rejected. However, at age 17, he successfully finished Boot Camp, subsequently attaining his GED, a matter rarely mentioned. He was also trained in marksmanship, scoring in the lower two of three marksmanship levels. Between October 1956 and October 1959, Lee was trained at Jacksonville, Biloxi, and El Toro. He then served on the U.S. S. Bexar, during which time friends noticed he was studying Russian and subscribing to Russian newspapers and magazines. That he was able to conduct such activities without harrassment or investigation during serious ongoing problems with Russia at the time must be considered, not ignored: what Marine could conduct such activities, and also be tested (as was Oswald) for proficiency in Russian, unless he had received approval at some level to do so? Lee was then sent to Atsugi, Japan (a known MK-ULTRA --"mind control" operations center--and U2 spy station); he later saw duty in the Pacific, and in the South China Sea. By September, 1959, Lee had a thorough knowledge of Russian culture, music, and literature. Fellow Marines called him "Oswaldovitch." That they tolerated his apparent proclivity for all things Russian remains an unexplained paradox. Common sense argues that fellow Marines understood Oswald was preparing for special work.
Reports from officers and peers at this time vary as to Lee's character, whether he received covert training, and if he was a good Marine: some officers praised him, while others thought him lazy or derelict. Lee was court-martialed twice during this time, and other incidents of concern also occurred, but researchers, who argue over what remains of Lee's military record (many files were destroyed or 'lost,') haggle over evidence that Lee might have been specially trained to enter Russia as a fake defector. To be convincing as a disgruntled former Marine, he may have had to be 'dirtied up.' Evidence exists that he gathered intelligence covertly: it is known that Lee consorted with expensive and beautiful Japanese courtesans at the Queen Bee lounge, suspected of being involved in espionage activities. His small Marine income would have made such activities financially impossible, and is in conflict with official statements that Lee was able to save enough money for his trip to the Soviet Union from America.
By September 20, 1959, Lee Oswald came and left Texas after a visit to his mother lasting only a few days, proceeding to New Orleans. In what appears to be a carefully crafted plan, he had removed himself from active duty, using the excuse that his mother needed him due to an injury (which was only to her nose), becoming a Reserve Marine with an honorable discharge from active duty. The honorable discharge would later be changed to 'undesirable': though Marine records supposedly are not altered after discharge, Oswald's were after his 'defection.' Researcher James Olmstead has noted that Oswald failed to show up for reserve training, as required once a year, which of course would have been impossible while living within the Soviet Union. This failure to fulfill his responsibility to the Marine reserves would be sufficient to change his discharge to 'undesirable.' Contrary to many reports, Oswald never received a dishonorable discharge designation.
By October 10, Lee was in London, and by Oct. 16, 1959, at the height of the Cold War, Lee Oswald became America's youngest and most enigmatic defector, not yet 20 years old. How he paid for the trip, the letters he sent to universities, and his utilization of a little-known military route to Moscow (through Helsinki), with precise timing for visas, suggest a well-planned scenario.
Close scrutiny of Lee's life in the USSR, beginning with his taking an expensive suite at the luxurious Metropole Hotel in Moscow, and his actions there, which included cutting his left wrist in a "suicide" attempt that required four stitches to close, when he was first denied entry as a defector, as well as copious accounts from eyewitnesses, reveal many troubling factors, beginning with his actions at the US Embassy in Moscow.
Lee Oswald supposedly 'tried to renounce his citizenship' and actually handed over his US passport at the Embassy, stating he planned to reveal classified information learned as a radar operator at the U2 base at Atsugi. So important was this information that testimony exists showing the codes concerning the U2 spy planes were immediately changed. That Lee Oswald was then allowed to leave the US Embassy, to go mingle with the Russians, defies explanation, despite defensive comments later made that Lee was just a young fellow who didn't really mean what he threatened. Lee Oswald should have been detained, not allowed egress from the Embassy, and charged with treason. Instead, he was allowed to leave. Further, at the end of nearly three years, Lee Oswald returned to the US Embassy and picked up his passport, still kept at the Embassy; he also received a loan to pay for his and his family's expeditious return to the US (Oswald repaid the loan quickly), and with comparatively little difficulty, he returned to the US, even though he had a Russian wife and baby in tow. How Lee Oswald convinced both the Russians and the Americans to allow this unusual event to occur, with the Iron Curtain a stark reality, remains a mystery that neither government has adequately explained.
Lee had spent most of his time in the USSR in Belarus (White Russia), at Minsk, where he had lived in relative comfort with his own private apartment-with-a-view, a good job, and a generous salary. He was known to be under constant surveillance by the Russians.
Photos taken in the Soviet Union prove Lee Oswald was a sociable and gregarious individual during this time period, actively pursuing lively romantic interests, attending Party dances, and needing only six weeks to court (mostly from a hospital bed, when he fell ill with adenoiditis and otitis) a young, pretty Russian girl, 20-year-old Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova, who had been living in Minsk as an orphan with her aunt and uncle, an official in the Communist Party: the pair met March 17, 1961 and were wed in a State ceremony on April 30, 1961. It would not be a happy marriage.
RETURN TO THE US
A year later, the couple arrived in Fort Worth, Texas after a saga that included quick travel from behind the Iron Curtain through Poland and thence to The Netherlands, where they continued their journey by steamship from Rotterdam to New York, after which they flew to Texas. Remarkably, debriefing was reported as cursory: there was little overt interest in Lee Oswald's return from the USSR. There is evidence that Lee Oswald left baggage behind at one stop before reaching Texas. At this time, McCarthyism and anti-communism was rampant. Persons merely suspected of communist sympathies were fired, and Xenophobia reigned. Lee Oswald's photo had been in the papers when he 'defected' -- yet he returned without fanfare and immediately slipped into a 'normal' life, first in Fort Worth, then in Dallas, finding work through immediate friendly connections.
Lee and Marina first lived briefly with Lee's married brother, Robert, and then with Marguerite, Lee's mother; soon, this arrangement proved impossible due to Marguerite's controlling ways, but the culture-shocked Marina was befriended by members of the White Russian Community in Dallas, who bewailed the way Lee was treating her. The main complaint was that Lee insisted on sequestering Marina and their baby (June Lee) and resented any material aid, though they struggled financially; Marina bitterly complained of being mistreated, though the suave Baron George deMohrenschildt, a CIA asset, friend of Jackie Kennedy's family, petroleum geologist and Russian instructor (born in Minsk), stated in his memoirs "I Am a Patsy" (HSCA document, unpublished manuscript) that Marina constantly insulted and demeaned her husband both in private and public. After Lee beat his wife on several occasions, they separated, but despite her new friends' advice, Marina returned to Lee, and soon became pregnant again.
Lee Oswald's job history is only briefly mentioned here: his whereabouts were sometimes unknown for days at a time when he was not employed. The official versions concur that he was a poor and sullen worker, and was let go by one employer (Jaggers-Chiles-Stovall) known to be printing maps and classified materials about Cuba --to which Lee Oswald had no certifiable access. But there is the puzzling matter of Lee's meticulous work record there, showing careful and consistent labor, and a strong work ethic. He put in many overtime hours, including Saturdays, which would not have been allowed if he were really a poor worker. Therefore the official version does not conform to work records, for he was invariably on time, did not miss a day of work, and apparently worked hard. Some biographers contend Lee was let go from this job to make him appear just as later described (as part of his 'cover') -- a disaffected worker who could then be able to re-enter the Soviet Union again, or, alternately, enter Cuba, where Fidel Castro had set up a communist regime that was threatening to spread throughout Mexico, South America, and Central America.
The CIA was actively countering this threat with now well-known covert and overt operations.
As a 'fake' defector, an argument exists explaining other puzzling developments in Lee Oswald's life that were about to take place. The official explanations concerning Lee Oswald's true life story are becoming progressively obsolete as new evidence, much of it released by government entities since the movie 'JFK' created the outcry that spurred the creation of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), fleshes out previous conspiracy theories with hard facts. New witnesses have also emerged to support the new evidence, whose statements need to be considered: the old encyclopedia entries rarely include new evidence, and witnesses who have emerged after 1991.
THE WALKER INCIDENT
The Warren Commission concluded that on April 10, 1963, ten days after being fired, Oswald attempted to assassinate retired Major General Edwin Walker, probably using the rifle shown in his backyard pose photos of March 31 (The HSCA stated that the "evidence strongly suggested" that Oswald did the shooting.). General Walker, a John Birch Society member and segregationist, was commanding officer of the Army's 24th Infantry Division before he was relieved of his command in 1961 by President Kennedy for distributing radical right-wing literature to his troops. Walker resigned, but upon his return to Texas, he was arrested (but not indicted) for insurrection, seditious conspiracy, and other charges related to anti-integration and civil rights. Oswald, who was known to support civil rights, regarded Walker as a fascist.
But in 1963, Marina was questioned – and re-questioned—until she finally conceded point after point. For example, at first, she said her husband had no rifle. Later, she said she saw it from time to time. Finally, she was testifying that she saw Oswald dry-firing the rifle night after night in New Orleans, though she described that he cleaned the rifle using pipe cleaners -- clearly improbable – and despite the fact that neighbors reported seeing Oswald only reading on the porch, night after night.
Marina later said she was sequestered by the Secret Service, and felt intimidated.
General Walker's brush with death was reported nationwide. The Dallas police had no suspects in the shooting. Oswald's involvement in the attempt on Walker's life was suspected within hours of his arrest on November 22, 1963, following the Kennedy assassination. The official version is that the bullet was too badly damaged to run conclusive ballistics studies on it, but neutron activation studies indicated it was "extremely likely" that the Walker bullet was related by manufacture and composition to the two bullets which struck Kennedy. But in May, 2007, new evidence emerged: Science Daily and The Washington Post reported that a Texas A & M University research team concluded that the neutron activation study was obsolete, and that new tests confirmed that the so-called "matching" fragments could have come from three or more separate bullets and, therefore, from more than one shooter.
THE PROBLEM OF MOTIVE
Controversy rages over what really happened next in Lee Oswald's brief but intriguing life. The 'official version' paints the portrait of a mentally disturbed young man, a wife beater and ne'er-do-well who could find no happiness in America or in the USSR. Official versions stress that Lee Oswald is surrounded by masses of evidence overwhelming any other consideration except that he had to be a cold, calculating murderer of two people on the same dark day --November 22, 1963. They suggest that Lee Oswald, convinced that he was nothing but a "loser" (at age 24), descended into a winter of discontent so deep and persistent that only by murdering President Kennedy could he feel important, for no actual motive for Kennedy's murder has actually evolved to explain Oswald's supposed actions, except that he may have felt rejected by his wife, had a dead-end job, and did not feel important. Against this vague set of excuses for murder by a young father of two babies he was known to adore, of a man he was said to have "admired," one must remember that Oswald insisted he had shot "nobody." Clearly, Lee Oswald was not seeking fame or attention for the heinous act. In New Orleans, Oswald was interviewed on August 10, 1963 by a New Orleans police investigative officer after Oswald was arrested in what Martello described as a "staged event" between Oswald and three anti-Castro DRE members (described below). Martello stated to the Warren Commission that "when the incident occurred he remained absolutely peaceful and gentle...as far as being capable of an act [of violence]....as far as ever dreaming or thinking that Oswald would do what it is alleged that he has done, I would bet my head on a chopping block that he wouldn't do it."
To properly understand Lee Oswald, and what might have prompted his actions, we must return to New Orleans, as did he in April of 1963, when he separated from his wife temporarily, leaving her, pregnant, and with a toddler, in the hands of Ruth Paine, a woman of Quaker beliefs with small children of her own who was going through a divorce from her husband, Robert, a research engineer at Bell Aerospace. Paine, who lived in a small home in Irving, Texas, near Dallas, was connected by several close family members to the CIA. We must carefully inspect what occurred in New Orleans before Lee Oswald's precipitous return to Dallas after his purported trip, by summer's end in 1963, to Mexico City, because so much new evidence has emerged there between 1991 and the present.
The Reily family, who owned Wm. B. Reily Coffee, were (along with community leaders) charter members of Dr. Alton Ochsner's INCA organization -- The Information Council of the Americas, an anti-communist propaganda arm encouraged by the CIA. Many researchers believe Reily's would never have hired a returned defector, a former Marine with an 'undesirable' discharge and a Russian wife, had Oswald not actually been known to them to be a double agent, as they screened all employees carefully. But after Oswald left Reily, his cover could be 'blown' to give him the 'sheep-dipping' he needed to be acceptable as pro-Castro. The fact that Oswald handed out flyers promoting his new branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, yet never held a meeting, collected dues, or provided his true address at any time, suggests this activity was indeed a ploy to add "pro-Castro" credentials to Oswald's "pro-communist" image. It is interesting that in July, 1963, Oswald was asked to speak to college graduates who were seminarians, along with priests and professors, at Spring Hill College, in Mobile, Alabama, where he delivered speech for an hour and ten minutes about life in the USSR. The speech was critical of the Soviet Union.
A different Oswald presented to the WDSU debate, however: Oswald defended Castro's Cuba, stressing that the FPCC was not on the FBI's list of subversive organizations. But then he was confronted with accusations about his past in the Soviet Union. Clearly unprepared, Oswald let it slip that while he was in the Soviet Union, he was "under the protection" of the U. S. government -- then quickly corrected his statement to say that he was "not" under U. S. government protection. Transcripts of the program as released on the Internet by "Official Version" writers leave out the original slip of the tongue: one wonders why the phrase was removed. but in this article, the uncensored statement is presented (see notes).
Ron Lewis claimed that he briefly met David Ferrie and Guy Banister, and Lewis could have substantiated many claims proposed by Jim Garrison, but decided not to risk personal danger by coming forward with his testimony during the trial of Clay Shaw.
Witnesses in Clinton, Louisiana testified at Garrison's trial of Clay Shaw that they saw Oswald, Clay Shaw and David Ferrie waiting, for an unknown reason, near the town's City Hall, where the three men remained together for nearly half a day, having arrived in a black Cadillac. The Cadillac was reported as having been registered to the International Trade Mart. Researcher Joan mellen posited that Oswald stood in line to register to vote, though not a resident of Feliciana Parish, because he was being led into a trap to work at the mental hospital, which he did not know was such a facility (this, despite armed guards at the entries). Only Baker has come forward with a more logical explanation, and the subsequent sighting of Oswald (with a young woman in an old car associated with his presence) in nearby Jackson, Louisiana by witnesses Lea McGeHee (a barber) and LA State rep. reeves Morgan’s daughter, Mary Morgan. Baker says that the event occurred the day after Martin Luther King's March on Washington, and that Oswald, tired of waiting for the telephone call at the phone booth which caused a long delay, stood in line to win a bet that he could be registered without ID's, while many blacks were being turned away. He ultimately failed, but apparently did succeed in getting his name written down before it was erased. The wait for the call was necessary, Baker says, because the Cadillac was to join a convoy coming from Angola Prison with one or more prisoners. The convoy, she says, was delayed, forcing the three to wait. Oswald was present to observe the testing procedure on the prisoner(s) so he could later relay information to a contact in Mexico City, to whom the bioweapon was to be handed over, as only oral instructions were allowed, and Ferrie, known to have medical knowledge, was present to give medical instructions, having been trained to do so. Shaw provided the official-looking vehicle and money. (see notes)
On August 5 and 6, according to anti-Castro asset Carlos Bringuier, Lee Oswald visited him at a clothing store he owned in New Orleans, known as an anti-Castro protest center. Bringuier was the New Orleans delegate for the anti-Castro Cuban Student Directorate (the CIA's Joannides, who had hidden information from the HSCA, oversaw the activities of this organization). Bringuier told the Warren Commission that he believed Oswald's visits were an attempt by Oswald to infiltrate his anti-Castro group, but Baker said Oswald was planning the "fight" incident with Bringuier's foreknowledge, and staged the visit to create an excuse for Bringuier's display of anger on August 9th, when he saw Oswald distributing pro-Castro literature on Canal St. in New Orleans. If this is true, we can understand how Bringuier obtained, and got to keep, Lee Oswald's Marine manual, which Baker and Oswald's mother, Marguerite, both said Oswald 'treasured." On August 9, Bringuier confronted Oswald, claiming he was tipped off about Oswald's leafleting by a friend. After Bringuier knocked Oswald's materials from his hands and threatened him (Oswald crossed his hands across his chest and dared Bringuier to hit him). Bringuier and two of his friends, along with Oswald, were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace. The arresting officer later stated he believed the event was staged.
While under arrest, Lee asked to be interviewed by the FBI, and though it was Saturday, and the FBI office was understaffed, Lee received a lengthy interview before he was released on bail provided by a Mafia lawyer friendly with Lee's uncle Charles "Dutz" Murret, who worked for Carlos Marcello. The arrest got news media attention and Oswald was interviewed afterwards. He was next filmed passing out flyers in front of the International Trade Mart with two 'volunteers' he had hired, but Oswald's FPCC activities in New Orleans came to an abrupt end after a WDSU radio "debate" between Bringuier and Oswald, arranged by journalist and INCA director Bill Stuckey, outed information that Lee was a returned defector. Up to this time, such information had not been known. Baker has pointed out that Congressman Edwin Willis' office was across the street from Reily Coffee, and Willis, the Director of HUAC -- an arm of Congress that went actively after communists and tracked all defectors-- was aware of Oswald's true identity. Therefore, Oswald was protected at Reily's until it was time for him to leave that job and begin posing as a pro-Castro supporter, which Baker says was to make him look pro-Cuban so he could be used to courier the bioweapon to Mexico City without suspicion. No meetings were ever held by Oswald's FPCC.
And finally, a conflict between witnesses seeing Oswald with Shaw and Ferrie in a Cadillac, and then shortly after, with a woman in an old car, was unexplained until Baker revealed that with her specialized training, it was necessary for Oswald to drive her shortly afterwards back to Jackson to conduct blood tests on the treated prisoner(s). Critics note that Oswald had no driver's license and was unable to drive, but Warren Commission interviews mention Oswald borrowing a cousin's vehicle; a report of finding Oswald's Texas driver's license was made, but the license disappeared. Marina Oswald said Oswald took driving lessons from Ruth Paine and "did well" a month later. Baker stated that Oswald learned to drive in the Marines, but pretended to be unable to drive to keep his wife at home.
OSWALD IN MEXICO CITY
According to the Warren Commission, Lee Harvey Oswald traveled to Mexico City in the fall of 1963, in search of a visa for travel to Cuba and the Soviet Union. Failing in that effort, he returned to Dallas, where on November 22, he killed President Kennedy. Some controversy exists as to the nature of Oswald’s visit there, and some researchers contend Oswald may never have visited Mexico City at all, though CIA reports dated before the assassination mention Oswald’s visits (unless these visits were by an imposter). Most researchers believe Oswald went to Mexico City, but Oswald’s actions there remain shrouded in conjecture. Some witnesses observed Oswald in Mexico City and have provided testimony concerning his actions there.
Cuban or Soviet conspiracy theories proliferated due to the events and stories related to this visit after the assassination. The Mary Ferrell Foundation states: "They were apparently instrumental in the creation of the Warren Commission, and over the years more and more has trickled out regarding a trip which ultimately remains enigmatic. The record on Mexico City is wildly muddled and mysterious. Was Oswald impersonated there? Who is the "mystery man" caught by photo surveillance? Why are CIA records on the trip at sharp variance with participant's memories? Were the witnesses who reported events indicating a Communist conspiracy telling the truth, spinning false tales, or perhaps reporting on staged incidents? Did Oswald, or someone pretending to be him, threaten the life of JFK in the Cuban Embassy?
Despite the mysteries, one thing is certain. The events in Mexico City had a profound effect on the federal government's response to the assassination. President Johnson invoked fears of nuclear war in putting together the Warren Commission, finally enlisting a recalcitrant Earl Warren by telling him "what Hoover told me about a little incident in Mexico City."
Considerations regarding the trip to Mexico City:
The Fourteen Minute Gap - A short documentary about an erased Presidential phone call in which Johnson and Hoover a Mexico City impersonator.
Oswald's Visits to the Cuban and Soviet Embassies - Discusses the Oswald embassy visits and the resulting CIA cable traffic.
The Mexico City Tapes - Focuses on recorded telephone conversations of a man using Oswald's name, who was apparently not Oswald.
Valeriy Kostikov and Comrade Kostin - Examines the KGB Department 13 "wet affairs" connection and the curious letter written to a "Comrade Kostin."
Photo Surveillance and the Mystery Man - Looks at the man caught on surveillance cameras, apparently originally thought to be Oswald.
Stories of Communist Conspiracy in Mexico City - Discusses the arrest of Cuban Consulate worker Sylvia Duran, the allegations of Gilberto Alvarado Ugarte, Pedro Gutierrez Valencia, and Elena Garro de Paz, and another event involving suspected Cuban intelligence agent Luisa Calderon.
Judyth Baker says Oswald was unable to hand off the biological weapon to a contact in Mexico City because the approaching hurricane Flora was about to devastate Cuba, meaning the medical personnel would be too busy to cooperate in the effort to kill Castro, being sent to many parts of the threatened island nation. She says he then desperately attempted to find other ways to get the materials into Cuba, without success. The limited shelf life of the weapon meant that after a few days, it would be too late: Oswald then was ordered to return to Dallas. Interestingly, Oswald received his transit visa on his birthday, but ignored it. he never brought up wanting to go to Cuba again, which baker says was simply because the mission there had failed and could not be repeated successfully by the same agent. By now, Baker said, Oswald was expendable as a former 'defector' and as a man who 'knew too much,' having penetrated an assassination ring that began in New Orleans
OSWALD RETURNS TO DALLAS
Spartacus.com gives us an interpretation (modified here) of the events occurring when Lee Oswald returned to Dallas: "In September, 1963, Marina Oswald moved to Dallas to have her second child. Oswald...arrived in Dallas in October, 1963. Marina and June were living with Ruth Paine. Oswald rented a room in Dallas, and with the help of Paine, found a job at the Texas School Book Depository. A book company rented space there from the building’s owner, Texas oil baron Col. D. Harold Byrd, a close friend of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson.
On 22nd November, 1963, President Kennedy arrived in Dallas. It was decided that Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie would ride in the presidential limousine. Kennedy’s doctor usually rode in the limousine, but this time, was sent to a different car. The press car full of cameramen and reporters was usually situated in front of the presidential limo, but it, too, was sent deep back in the cavalcade. Roy Kellerman, head of the Secret Service at the White House and the driver, William Greer, also Secret Service, were in the front seat. Ralph Yarborough and Vice President Lyndon Johnson rode in a light-colored car further back, part of the lineup of cars that went through Turtle Creek and then entered the business district of Dallas. A pilot car and several motorcycles rode well ahead of the presidential limousine. The next car carried eight Secret Service Agents. This was followed by the car containing Lyndon Johnson and Ralph Yarborough. Behind that car was another car filled with secret service agents. Tellingly, we now know that Kennedy did not order secret service agents off his limo, as was reported in 1963. Secret Service researcher Vince Palamara interviewed many SS agents and learned that Kennedy “never” interfered with secret service assignments and duties. A YouTube film, the film JFK II, and other sources show us that secret service agents were told to get off Kennedy’s limousine as it left Love Field. One agent in particular was quite upset about it. He was left behind at the airport.
(See: http://www.bestcxo.com/quality/jfk-assassination-secret-service-standdown/ for video and comments, as well as the YouTube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY02Qkuc_f8)
At about 12.30 p.m. the presidential limousine entered Elm Street, making a sharp turn that slowed down the cavalcade to below speeds that were intended to help keep the President safe, a consideration because this area was not thick with crowds and a safer speed should have been maintained. Soon after, shots rang out. Examinations of the Zapruder film made in 2008-2009 by ARRB Chief Medical Analyst Doug Horne and specialists in Hollywood (see “Zapruder Fim” section, below) now reveal, due to the positions of persons in the limousine, that the limousine braked hard and came to a stop, which numerous witnesses also stated. The quick stop was removed, however, from the film. Such a stop allowed JFK to become an easier target to hit.
The "magic bullet" theory, propounded by now-senator Arlen Specter, was created to account for the fact that Oswald could not have fired off more than three bullets in the time frame indicated. One bullet was known to have missed, as a fragment hit a spectator, James Teague. Another bullet hit John Connally in the back ( which he and his wife, Nellie testified to their deaths was a fourth, later bullet), but the "magic bullet" now accounts for his wounds, as well, though the bullet said to have done so much damage was found on a stretcher that did not belong to Connally or Kennedy in near-pristine condition. When all bullet fragments supposed to have come from this bullet are weighed, and with more fragments still remaining in Connally’s femur and wrist bones, there is no doubt that too many fragments exist to have come from the “magic bullet,” yet the media persists in creating scenarios showing how the bullet might have been able to make all seven wounds, without mentioning the fragment problem.
Ten seconds after the first shots were fired, the president's car accelerated off at high speed towards Parkland Memorial Hospital, but not before pausing again beneath the underpass. Upon reaching Parkland, both men were carried into separate emergency rooms. Connally had wounds to his back, chest, wrist and thigh. Kennedy's injuries were far more serious. He had a massive wound in the back of his head, attested to by eight Parkland Hospital doctors and nurses. An entry wound in JFK’s throat, and a shallow bullet hole in his upper back would also later be reported. Despite a tracheotomy through the entry wound in his throat and blood transfusions, because portions of Kennedy’s brains, including distinctive cerebellum tissue, could be seen protruding from the back of his head, doctors knew their efforts were hopeless. A priest was called to give extreme Unction, and then, at 1 p.m., about five minutes after Kennedy’s heart stopped beating, he was declared dead.
Witnesses at the scene of the assassination claimed they had heard shots being fired from behind a wooden fence on the Grassy Knoll. Some saw gunsmoke or smelled gunpowder, with the wind blowing toward the TSBD. Others said they heard shots from the Texas School Book Depository or from the Dal-Tex Building.
212 witnesses are documented in the WC hearings and evidence records, while another four are from Mark Lane's interviews. Among the 212, the shot origin was described as follows: TSBD=47, Knoll=53, TSBD & Knoll=6, Elsewhere=5, Not asked=70, Could not determine location=35. When police searched the Texas School Book Depository, they discovered on the floor, by one of the sixth floor windows, three empty cartridge cases, lined up in a row, which would have been impossible unless they had been moved into such a position. They also found a Mauser and identified it as the ‘killer rifle,” but after 24 hours, the rifle was described as a Mannlicher-Carcano, and then later as “an Italian rifle.” The rifle shown being removed from the building, however, does not match the rifle now on display in the National Archives as the killer rifle. The rifle was found hidden beneath some boxes. A film on YouTube exists showing the Mauser being raised to view, with another, unknown rifle, nearby.
Oswald was seen in the Texas School Book Depository both before (11.55 a.m.) and just after (12.31 p.m.) JFK’s murder. The shooting of Kennedy occurred no later than12.33. Oswald was seen no more than 90 seconds later on the ground floor. Despite reconstructions purporting to show Oswald could have fled down the stairs in time to have been seen only 90 seconds later, witnesses going down the stairs at the same time never saw Oswald descending alongside them. Oswald was seen leaving the building, however, and by 1.00 pm arrived at his lodgings. His method of arrival is debatable because Roger Craig saw him enter a station wagon that Oswald identified as belonging to Ruth Paine. While Oswald was changing clothes at his boarding house, his landlady, Earlene Roberts, later reported that soon afterwards a police car drew up outside the house and honked twice. Then it left. Oswald hurried out soon afterwards and then stood for awhile at a bus stop.
Oswald could have reached the scene where he supposedly shot Officer J.D. Tippit in a sudden encounter? Re-enactments show that it was impossible for Oswald to have reached the theater where he was arrested in a time frame that would have allowed him to be present at Tippit’s murder scene (Ref: Did Oswald have time to make it to the Tippit scene?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf8D6NuLIhw -
a YouTube re-enactment by an independent researcher), Witness statements about the number of persons present when Tippit was murdered differ. Witness statements concerning when Oswald came down from the balcony and purchased popcorn well before Tippit was murdered conflict with a report made by a witness (a shoe salesman known to be an FBI informant) stating Oswald entered the theater after Tippit was shot. Best agreement among witnesses show that Oswald was in the theater at least ten minutes before Tippit was shot, but that an “Oswald lookalike” later described as being arrested and taken through the back door of the theater may have entered without paying. Speculation includes the idea that police were led to the theater by the “lookalike” who was then escorted out of the back of the theater while Oswald was arrested, beaten, and taken out through the front entrance, where cries of “Kill the president, will you?” were heard regarding the man who supposedly was arrested for merely entering a theater without paying for a ticket.
At 1.16 p.m. J. D. Tippet, a Dallas policeman, approached a man, identified as Oswald by some witnesses, but not as Oswald by others, walking along East 10th Street. A witness later testified that after a short conversation the gunman in question pulled out a hand gun and fired a number of shots at Tippet. Bullet casings found came from a semi-automatic, but this did not match the non-automatic revolver later associated with Oswald when he was arrested. Oswald reportedly ran off, leaving the dying Tippet on the ground.
Twenty minutes later, Johnny Brewer, a manager of a shoe shop, saw a man (Oswald) who appeared to be hiding from passing police cars. He called the police after he saw the man enter a cinema. When the police arrived, Brewer accompanied the officers into the cinema where he pointed out the man he had seen acting in a suspicious manner. After a brief struggle Oswald was arrested. The crowd outside were yelling "Kill the President, will you?" Nobody knows how this information came to be known to the crowd.
Police also discovered his palm print on the rifle they had connected to Oswald on November 23, but only after Oswald was dead and additional palm prints had been taken from his dead body at the funeral parlor. The FBI had not found any palm print on the rifle at all, and they had closely inspected the rifle in every possible way before returning it to the Dallas Police. Other evidence emerged that suggested Oswald had been sounded the horn twice and moved on. Roberts claimed that Oswald now left the building.
The police soon learned that Oswald worked at the seven-story Texas School Book Depository (TSBD). A paraffin test for nitrates – residue that comes from gunfire—proved positive on Oswald’s hands: District Attorney Henry Wade stated this was proof Oswald had fired “a gun.” But Wade failed to mention that Oswald’s cheek had no nitrate residues from the test – meaning that he did not fire a rifle at that time. Oswald's hand prints were found on nearby book cartons -- but he worked on that floor that day, moving boxes as a new floor was laid. Only one unidentified fingerprint was found – on Box ‘A’-- and years later, it was determined by A, Nathan Darby, at the time the country’s most experienced certified latent fingerprint analyst, that the print belonged to Malcolm Wallace, a convicted murderer and longtime friend of Vice President Lyndon Johnson. Nobody has been able to explain why the FBI took a year and a half to decide that this fingerprint was then declared not to match Wallace's. Charles Givens, a fellow worker, testified that he saw Oswald on the sixth floor at 11.55 a.m. Another witness, Howard Brennan, claimed he saw Oswald holding a rifle at the sixth floor window. However, his relatives stated that Brennan’s vision was too deficient to be able to recognize Oswald at that distance.
The police also discovered that the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle was purchased under the name A. Hidell. When he was arrested, the police reported that Oswald was carrying a forged identity card bearing the name Alek Hiddell. The rifle had been sent by the Klein Mail Order Company from Chicago to P.O. Box 2915, Dallas, Texas. The Post Office box belonged to Oswald. However, witness Judyth Baker has stated that the order form was sloppy, mixing cursive with printed handwriting, noting that Oswald almost always printed everything on order forms very neatly, because he had dyslexia and was afraid of making an error: hence, she believes the order form was faked.
In addition, researcher Martha Moyer has noted that the order form was received, filled and shipped only one day after Oswald supposedly airmailed it from Dallas, Texas to Chicago – a virtually impossible timeframe. The order form, in addition, had been mailed from a post office over six miles from Oswald’s workplace, and his worksheet records, where entries were made on the half-hour, show he probably never left the building that day. And finally, the money order had an ID number showing it was related to money order numbers purchased in Nov.1963, not spring, 1963.
And finally, the pick-up receipts for the rifle and revolver, which the Post office was required to keep for two years, were missing: there is no signed receipt for a “Hidell” pickup, nor was “Hidell” listed on Oswald’s list of persons allowed to pick up mail from that box.
Oswald was interrogated by the Dallas Police, the FBI, and the CIA, without benefit of a lawyer, and without any record being kept of his statements. Oswald consistently denied he had been involved in the killing of Kennedy. He told the press that he wanted legal counsel, that he “emphatically denied” the charges against him, and that he “didn’t shoot anybody.” In addition, Oswald claimed that he was a "patsy" (a term used by the Mafia to describe someone set up to take the punishment for a crime they did not commit). A voice stress analysis test of Oswald's voice indicates that he told the truth. The VSA test is considered more reliable than a lie detector test.
Though the Warren Commission tried to establish that Oswald sought glory and recognition for his act, Oswald’s denials undermine their position, and their final conclusion was that Oswald’s motive remained unknown.
On 24th November, 1963, the Dallas Police publicized the fact that they would transfer Oswald to the county jail. Nigel Turner (producer of The Men Who Killed Kennedy) filmed police dispatcher, Billy Grammer, stating that the night before Oswald's murder, he received a call from a familiar voice that he later realized belonged to Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby, warning that if the police did not change their transfer plans for Oswald, he would be killed. The warning went unheeded. As Oswald was led through the basement of police headquarters by two officer who did not have protective weapons drawn, and with no police officer close enough to provide protection, Oswald, surrounded by a large crowd of reporters was suddenly accosted, just after a car horn sounded. A man well known to the Dallas police rushed forward, shooting Oswald point-blank in the upper abdomen. The gunman was quickly arrested by police officers. The mortally wounded Oswald, still handcuffed, was dragged into a small anteroom, out of sight, where police asked if he had any last words to say, to which he shook his head. He was still alive when placed in an ambulance that arrived a few minutes later. The ambulance bill shows that no oxygen was supplied to Oswald in the ambulance, nor was he given any IV fluids. Oswald died of blood loss and shock as doctors operated on him at Parkland Hospital, the same hospital where Kennedy also died. The man who shot Oswald was identified as Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner, FBI informant, and known mafia police fixer for the New Orleans Mafia godfather, Carlos Marcello. On November 22, the day Kennedy was shot, Marcello was acquitted after being prosecuted in New Orleans by Bobby Kennedy’s attorneys, in an attempt to deport him. Marcello held a celebration party that same afternoon. Though the world was shown photos of a “smirking” Oswald (some of these photos had been retouched), when interviewed, the c-worker who drove Oswald to the TSBD that fateful morning, Buell Wesley Frazier, said of him,
“The individual that I know as Lee Harvey Oswald, I don’t think had it in him to be a person capable of committing such a crime as murdering the President of the United States. I’ll always believe that. The side I saw [of] him was a very kind and loving man. And that’s the way I’d like to remember him.”
(filmed quote from the Nigel Turner documentary, The Men Who Killed Kennedy: The Patsy)
After the assassination of Kennedy, Marina Oswald, her toddler June, and her six-week-old baby daughter, Rachel, were taken by the FBI and Secret Service to the Inn of the Six Flags Hotel, where she was sequestered from the public. Threatened with deportation, she agreed to give the authorities all the information she had. Some of this information was later used by the Warren Commission to bolster the assumption that her husband was the lone assassin. In recent interviews, Marina Oswald told Oprah Winfrey and others that she had been misled by information given to her. She now believes Oswald was innocent.
The Zapruder Film
On Dec. 10, 2009, The ARRB’s Chief Medical Analyst, Douglas Horne, told Black Op radio listeners that experts in film restoration in Hollywood, led by post-production manager Sydney Wilkinson, discovered that the Zapruder film, which is famed for showing the exact minute when Kennedy was fired upon and murdered in Dealey Plaza, was radically altered. By using state-of-the-art equipment, and blowing up a certified original copy of the film to 6,000 pixels per square inch, it could be clearly seen that black paint had been ineptly applied over the back of Kennedy’s head, and that the side of the face where it seems a bloody “blow-out” occurred from a bullet supposedly fired from the rear was also painted in. Horne’s five new books include additional support for these statements:
• The study of the Z film by the Hollywood team shows alteration of JFK's head
• The fakery was terrible and very easy to spot, and seven experts attest to the alteration
• Conclusion: The Z Film constitutes irrefutable evidence of a US government cover-up
(ref: Show #452; Original airdate: Dec 10th, 2009 Guest: Douglas Horne Topic: Inside The ARRB http://www.blackopradio.com/archives2009.html Retrieved Dec. 19, 2009)
The information described by Horne is buttressed by facts and books published by Dr. James Fetzer and others, 9see bibliography) showing that the film was radically altered while in the hands of U.S. government representatives. The painting of the back of the head hid the fact that Kennedy’s brains were blasted out from a hole created by a bullet shot from in front of the limousine, not from behind it, where Oswald was located. Oswald did not shoot the bullet that killed Kennedy.
Horne’s five books (see bibliography, below) constitute solid proof that evidence was altered, destroyed and manufactured in the case. His documents, files and photos come from the U.S. government’s official ARRB evidence-gathering work. Horne was a member of the ARRB committee for the last 3 of its 4 years in operation. The ARRB was formed as a response to the public outcry generated by Oliver Stone’s film, JFK.
As more evidence is released, despite media support for the official version, the responsible scholar or citizen needs to be aware that there are good reasons why "conspiracy theorists" are concerned about the truth concerning the murder of President John F. Kennedy. Calls to have the case reopened have fallen on deaf ears: apparently, we must wait until all the witnesses are dead before the last files on Oswald will be released. Even then, nobody knows if what we see then will be the truth, or falsified. There is no doubt whatsoever that Oswald's case was mishandled: the tragedy is that President John F. Kennedy's death, for whatever reasons, was not properly investigated.
Kennedy’s Bullet Wounds: One bullet penetrated Kennedy in the back. It was described as not exiting the body. The document describing the position of this wound was later altered and the bullet’s location was moved upward a few inches by Warren Commission assistant Gerald Ford (he would later become the first appointed president in US history after Richard Nixon resigned from office). The wound was not properly probed at the autopsy, which allowed speculation that it may have exited the President, which could only have occurred if it had traveled upward to exit at the neck. Travel upward meant that Oswald could not have made the wound form his position well above the Presidential limousine. Such an exit would have created a large exit wound, a wound that “appeared” only after the autopsy, however. The neck wound, had to have been made by a small caliber bullet or by a fleche/dart, due to its small size. It apparently struck Kennedy in the neck from the front, possibly the reason that Kennedy can be seen grabbing at his throat. Such a shot could have come from the Grassy Knoll, but because Kennedy’s car was obscured behind a sign when the shot occurred, there is no photographic record to help determine the angle or direction.
This entry wound was described by Dr. Charles Crenshaw and others at Parkland Hospital, but later was obliterated by a tracheotomy cut into Kennedy’s throat to assist in efforts to get him to breathe. However, the tracheotomy was a small incision. For unknown reasons, a massive probe occurred at Kennedy’s throat during his autopsy, resulting in a large disfigurement where the small tracheotomy had existed. Kennedy may have been hit by a bullet from the rear as well; in addition, Kennedy was hit by at least one bullet that struck in the right front side of the head, exiting to the rear and leaving a wide gaping wound described by over a dozen witnesses -- doctors and nurses -- at Parkland Hospital. A number of these doctors, years later shown x-rays they were told were of Kennedy’s skull, stated they must have all been mistaken, but researchers contend that the x-rays shown had been falsified, and indeed, there are unexplained difficulties and anomalies with the x-rays. For example, a large section of the skull shows a white area, but the brain had already been removed. In addition, Kennedy’s brain, which would have shown where the bullet(s) entered, was stolen.
The gaping wound in the back of Kennedy's head vanished when official autopsy photos showed only a small entry wound in the rear of the head. Problems with the autopsy photos, the fact that two different coffins carrying the President’s body have both been described by reliable witnesses, and that one account says Kennedy was in a body bag, while another says Kennedy was not, adds great confusion to the matter. These incongruities have been dismissed or ignored by official version writers, but the consensus among honest investigators is that the autopsy photos were falsified. The autopsy itself was less thorough and detailed than the autopsy later conducted on Lee Harvey Oswald. Why the President’s autopsy was so limited has been a matter of speculation: some believe that because the president had Addison’s Disease, that his use of drugs to control the disease, and drug use to handle his back pain, were matters the Kennedy family did not wish to reveal to the public. The Kennedy family took possession of the autopsy photos, according to the testimony of Dr. Michael Kurtz at the ARRB hearings.
The Garrison Investigation: Oswald's activities in New Orleans in mid-1963 finally could not be ignored, and began to be investigated in 1967 by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, who decided to arrest Clay Shaw on March 1st, 1967. Garrison was originally interested in investigating David Ferrie's connections to Oswald, which Ferrie himself denied. Ferrie, protesting that now his life was in danger, died hours after he was released from protective custody and before he could be brought to trial, supposedly from a ruptured berry aneurysm, though two unsigned 'suicide letters" were found, there was a bruise inside Ferrie's mouth, and a bottle with a day-old prescription of 100 Proloid tablets was found almost empty. James Files, a known mafia associate, stated that he killed Ferrie using an ice pick thrust up through the roof of Ferrie’s mouth, making the bleeding that resulted seem to come from natural causes. It would be a wound difficult to notice in an autopsy. However Ferrie died, it was an unexpected death, except as predicted by Ferrie himself, who told Garrison investigators he was certain he would be murdered..
In 1993, the PBS television program Frontline obtained a group photograph, taken eight years before the assassination, showing Oswald and Ferrie at a weekend training session enjoying a cookout with a few other Civil Air Patrol cadets and a second leader.
There were barriers set up to thwart Garrison’s investigation: we now know that Garrison’s efforts were impeded by the CIA and FBI. A good rule-of-thumb to determine if a writer has honestly assessed information in the case, or might have an ulterior motive, is how that person writes about Garrison. Garrison seems to be the litmus test to determine the degree of prejudice. Oliver Stone’s film, JFK, is the story of Garrison’s attempt to find Kennedy’s killers. It is telling that before its release, the film’s script was smuggled out and the film itself was being dismissed as absurd and worthless. Nevertheless, it became a blockbuster, resulting in a public outcry that created the ARRB –The Assassination Records Review Board—that has forced the release of millions of documents (though many Oswald records still remain censored -- redacted). When an editor attempted to add the existence of the ARRB to Wikipedia’s biography of Oswald, to alert readers that much new evidence now exists that cast doubt on Oswald as Kennedy’s assassin, it was removed within 24 hours (June, 2009).
Clay Shaw was indicted by Garrison, but it was obvious he would never be convicted without key witnesses and cooperation from government agencies. Due to Garrison’s efforts, however, we were given access to the Zapruder film that shows Kennedy getting shot. The film has been doctored, however, as a number of frames are obviously missing: anyone who has used the same kind of camera knows that it runs on a wind-up mechanism that cannot start and stop ‘just before’ and ‘just after’ Kennedy emerges from behind the sign. Some frames are missing. Further, the explosion that seems to show a shower of blood bursting forward (indicating a shot from behind) nevertheless left no blood on Jacqueline Kennedy’s hat and face, despite her bending so close to her husband that she would have been covered with this spray of blood. Instead, we see the violent “back and to the left” motion that all hunters and soldiers who have shot people will tell you is a result of Newton’s laws of physics, and a motorcycle policeman being hit so hard by fragments of bone from Kennedy’s head that he thought he, too, had been shot . Further information is available on the Internet.
Two Important “Official Version” Books: Vincent Bugliosi and Gerald Posner have both written very similar books that forcefully present the official version of Oswald's life and activities in such a manner as to convince most persons who read these books that Oswald must have been guilty of shooting President John F. Kennedy. There seems to be an overwhelming amount of evidence assembled against Oswald, leading to the obvious conclusion that he was the sole assassin. But while the statements and records, as assembled by both Bugliosi and Posner, are convincing to anyone who has not closely investigated the case, difficulties arise when the quality of the evidence is considered, versus quantity: the massive amount of evidence offered by the Dallas Police, for example, is not impressive as it first seems when more closely examined: chain-of-possession of bullets, the planting of evidence, the morphing of a Mauser rifle into a Mannlicher-Carcano, then to "an Italian carbine," -- and the description of the rifle Oswald supposedly used to kill Kennedy as an 'accurate’ weapon, when it had been described broadly as "the humane rifle" for its poor performance -- such considerations are dismissed, those who worry about "conspiracy" are called fools, and troubling matters such as showing one of the famed backyard photos to Oswald before the official record says the photos were actually 'found' or telling the public that a paraffin test 'proved' "Oswald shot a gun" when the test was, in fact, negative for same – such an attitude implies that Oswald was framed..
Clinton and Jackson Incidents: Baker’s explanation has provided a logical sequence of reasons for the long delay, the persons involved, the voter registration attempt, and the trip to the mental hospital. but researcher Joan Mellen has stated she believed Oswald was asked to register to vote to help him obtain a job in the Jackson mental hospital, though with his wife and child living over a hundred miles away in New Orleans, and with the attempt to register being foiled, since not even faked documents were offered, it seems unlikely that Oswald would cooperate with such a scheme and leave his pregnant wife totally alone in New Orleans, nor did it seem necessary to have a busy and important businessman such as Clay Shaw accompanying Oswald and the notorious Ferrie. Mellen proposed that placing Oswald at the mental hospital as a worker could later implicate him in the assassination as a mental case. She cites a doctor, Frank Silva, who worked there at the time, but Baker has indicated that this same doctor was involved in medical experiments on prisoners, since witnesses (including William Livesay) are on court records that they were sent from Angola Prison in 1963 to the mental hospital for medical experimentation –such matters the doctor Mellen interviewed would not admit had ever occurred.
Researcher Dick Russell, in his book On the Trail of the JFK Assassins, provides conclusive evidence on pg. 266 that Dr. Frank Silva, the doctor involved, did mind control experiments at that hospital with LSD and other drugs on “human volunteers” with the aid of the notorious Dr. Robert Heath, of Tulane University, in 1960.
Information about Judyth Vary Baker: Besides naming well-known "players" in New Orleans as involved with Oswald, such as Guy Banister (former FBI), and godfather Carlos Marcello, Baker also brought several new names to the fore, including Alton Ochsner, Anna Lewis (wife of Banister employee David Lewis), William Livesay, who stated he was a prisoner from Angola Prison experimented on in 1963 at the Southeast Louisiana Mental Hospital at Jackson (supporting Baker's statement that prisoners from Angola were used at the hospital for experimentation in 1963), William "Mac" McCullough, a musician and bodyguard-bouncer for Marcello, and from the family of Charles Thomas, who as a former Customs agent in New York had known Lee as a youth: he came from Miami to New Orleans on June 24th, 1963, to help expedite Oswald's new passport in only 24 hours.
Baker also adds many logical explanations for actions of Oswald that have hitherto been puzzling and shrouded in mystery. Her life story and testimony is recorded in Episode 8 in the banned History Channel documentary "The Love Affair" that aired in 2003, the 40th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, along with "The Smoking Guns" and "The Guilty Men." Baker said she has been harmed, harassed and threatened since. Her book, Me & Lee (2010) relates the entire story. Baker's critics contend that she should have warned Kennedy if she really knew all she claimed to know, but Baker says that not only would she have not been believed, since persons such as Ochsner and Marcello had great power and influence, but Oswald, along with an "abort team" that was trying to save Kennedy, would have been exposed (as Oswald was the inside informant) and was himself sending warnings to the FBI about the impending assassination plot.
James Douglass’ recent book, JFK and the Unspeakable –Why He Died and Why it Matters, mentions across several pages that former secret service agent Abraham Bolden learned that an informant to the FBI named “Lee” was responsible for saving Kennedy from a verified assassination attempt by four gunmen in Chicago. Baker stated that the man named “Lee” was Lee Oswald. Her account of Oswald’s activities to save Kennedy were released to the public in 1999, almost a decade before Douglass’ book.
The “Conspiracy Buff” designation: It has been pointed out that the term “conspiracy buff” creates bias. A “buff” is a hobbyist; serious researchers engaged in the study of the assassinations of the 1960’s should not be saddled with such a pejorative term. Imagine those researching the holocaust being called “holocaust buffs.” Such misnomers, meant to cast aspersion on those researching the JFK assassination, when found in the mouths of critics signifies pedantry.
A SHORT LIST OF PERSONS WHO QUESTION THE OFFICIAL VERSION OF THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION:“It might be worthwhile at this point to mention some of the experts and public figures who have said they believe a conspiracy killed President Kennedy or who have said they reject the single-bullet theory, which is the foundation of the lone-gunman theory:
* Dr. Joseph Dolce, an Army wound ballistics expert who played a leading role in the WC’s wound ballistics tests.* G. Robert Blakey, a professor of law at Notre Dame University and the former chief counsel for the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA).
* The late Senator Richard Schweiker. * Senator Christopher Dodd: served on the HSCA when a member of the House of Representatives. * The late Senator Richard Russell, who served on the WC. * Dr. Roger McCarthy, a ballistics expert with Failure Analysis, which assisted with the American Bar Association’s mock Oswald trials in the 1990s. * Robert MacNeil, formerly of the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour on PBS. * Ambassador William Atwood, former Special Assistant to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations. * Vice President Al Gore. *President Lyndon Johnson. (We now know from the Johnson White House tapes that Johnson rejected the single-bullet theory. We also know from former Johnson aides and associates that privately Johnson said he believed Kennedy was killed by a conspiracy.) * The late Dr. Milton Helpern, a renowned forensic pathologist and formerly the medical examiner for New York City. *The late Dr. John Nichols, a forensic pathologist and formerly a professor of pathology at the University of Kansas. *The late Carlos Hathcock, a Marine sniper who was widely regarded as the greatest sniper of the 20th century. * The late Evelyn Lincoln, who was Kennedy’s White House secretary.* The late Dr. George Burkley, Kennedy’s personal physician.” (source: Michael T. Griffith, 2001: http://hidhist.wordpress.com/assassination/jfk/some-comments-on-john-mcadams-kennedy-assassination-home-page/) Besides these persons, Dt. James Fetzer, Dr. Cyril Wecht, the late Dr. Charles Crenshaw, HSCA investigator Gaeton Fonzi, Lord Bertrand Russell, WC member Rep. Hale Boggs, Dr. Peter Dale Scott, and others of note have also been outspoken critics.
BOOKS ABOUT OSWALD: (A LIST PRESENTED WITHOUT COMMENTS)
Books about Oswald are not rare. Surprisingly, despite the overwhelming presence of several “Oswald did it” best sellers promoted by the media and praised by critics, the overwhelming majority of books on the subject have presented Oswald as innocent, or in a neutral light. In general, media reviews of “Oswald Did It” type books typically praise such books, while media reviews of “Oswald Was Innocent” are absent, or tend to be negative in nature. It is not true that scholarly persons and historians have avoided the subject: books by such persons exist on both sides of the controversy. However, the number of “Pro-Oswald” books is truly overwhelming, in comparison to “Anti-Oswald” books. Reviews by researchers who contend that Oswald was innocent can be found for the books in Category One on the Internet.
Category 1: The Major Books that Have Been Promoted by the Media (they are all anti-Oswald and generally promote the theory that Oswald killed Kennedy);
Category 2: Books that Tell the other Side of the Story – largely ignored by the media or even attacked by the media – in general, presenting a case for Oswald’s Innocence.
Category 3: Lesser-Known Books About Other Possible Assassins of Kennedy:
Category 1: “Anti-Oswald”
Case Closed: by Gerald Posner
Marina and Lee: by Patricia McMillan-Johnson
Oswald’s Tale: by Norman Mailer
Reclaiming History: by Vincent Bugliosi
With Malice: by Dale Myers
Category 2: “Pro-Oswald”
Assassination Science: Experts Speak Out on the Death of JFK: by Dr. James Fetzer
Best Evidence, by David Lifton
Case Open: the Unanswered JFK Assassination Questions: by Harold Weisberg
Crossfire, by Jim Marrs.
Dead Men Talking: Consequences of Government Lies: by Dean Hartwell (concise material)
Deep Politics and the Death of JFK: by Peter Dale Scott
Dr. Mary’s Monkey: by Edward T. Haslam
Farewell to Justice: by Joan Mellen
High Treason: by Harrison Livingstone and Robert Groden
Inside the ARRB: the U.S. Government’s Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence
In the Assassination of JFK, by Douglas Horne ( Chief Analyst for Military Recordss, ARRB)
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters: by James W. Douglass
Live by the Sword: by Gus Russo
Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald: by Judyth Vary Baker
Not In Your Lifetime: by Anthony Summers
On the Trail of the Assassins: by Jim Garrison
On the Trail of the JFK Assassins: by Dick Russell
Rush to Judgment: by Mark Lane
Murder in Dealey Plaza: edited by James Fetzer
The JFK Assassination Debates: Lone Gunman Versus Conspiracy by Michael L. Kurtz
The Great Zapruder Film Hoax: edited by James Fetzer
The Killing of a President: by Robert Groden
The Last Investigation: by Gaeton Fonzi
The Radical Right and the Murder of John F Kennedy: by Harrison E. Livingstone
The Search for Lee Harvey Oswald: by Robert Groden
Category 3: Lesser-Known Books About Other Possible Assassins of Kennedy
Double Cross: by Sam Giancana
Interview with History: The JFK Assassination: by Pamela J. Ray and James E. Files
Files on JFK: Interviews with Confessed Assassin James E. Files: by Wim Dankbaar
Mafia Kingfish: Carlos Marcello and the Assassination…:by John H. Davis
THE MOVIE SCRIPT OF THE OLIVER STONE FILM, JFK IS PRESENTLY AVAILABLE AT THIS WEBSITE: http://www.weeklyscript.com/JFK.txt.
NOTE: UPDATES TO THIS BIOGRAPHY WILL BE MADE AS NEW EVIDENCE IS RELEASED. MORE FOOTNOTES AND REFERENCES WILL ALSO BE ADDED TO THIS BIOGRAPHY.