|Marina with little June soon after JFK died|
Lee's concern was not only for Junie, his toddler, or for little Audrey Rachel. He also cared for Marina, his wife, though he and I had desperately wished to live together in a marriage of our own.
He cared for his babies to the end.
To me, Lee said, when I asked him, a short time before midnight (late Nov. 20th) to flee from involvement with the assassination, he replied in a grief-filled voice,"Even if I wanted to, which I do not, I couldn't. We've talked about this before, Juduff. They'd not only do me in, they'd come after my family. They'd find you. You'd all die." A little later, he said, "Tomorrow,I'll go say goodbye to Junie, and Rachel,and Marina--" Lee almost choked when he told me this. We were both crying by then.
Lee cared --more than records show--about his wife during her pregnancy. It's important for you to read the following statement from the anti-Oswald writer,Priscilla McMillan, because in New Orleans, Lee Oswald had matured and was taking more responsibility for his wife and child. He was sorry when Marina'a advancing pregnancy created problems for her:
"The veins had burst in Marina'a legs and her legs and ankles ached. He rubbed them and kissed them and cried. He told Marina that he was sorry to put her through such an ordeal and he would never do it again."(p. 675)
We must then consider if Lee Oswald was a perfect, wretched cad when the baby was finally born. Ruth Paine, with whom Marina and Junie were living at the time, implies as much. YOU decide, after reading what I have to tell you next:
I remember how angry Lee was at Ruth Paine when little Audrey Rachel was born. When Marina went into labor, Ruth persuaded Lee to stay with her little kids and Junie. Ruth argued that Lee's ride to work was with the next-door neighbor and that if he stayed at the hospital with Marina, he wouldn't have a ride to town that he could count on. Besides, little Junie would have to leave both mother and father at the hospital and return to Paine's house to stay there--the very first time Junie had ever been left without either parent. Junie would be certain to be terribly upset.
Ruth added that since she spoke Russian fluently, she would be able to comfort Marina despite the foreign surroundings. Marina might even feel more comfortable knowing the children weren't in the waiting area making noise. Reluctantly,Lee agreed to the arrangement.
Imagine, then, how Lee felt when Ruth Paine returned quickly--obviously having simply dropped Marina off at the hospital -- saying she saw no reason to stay!
"She took Marina to Parkland--and just left her there!" Lee reported to me. Lee said he was so angry he gave Paine some verbal insults, then went into the bedroom and refused to speak to her again, though he overheard enough from Ruth's call to the hospital to know that Marina gave birth about 45 minutes after she had been admitted to the hospital, and that the birth had been quick and easy.
Ruth Paine herself confirmed in her testimony that she didn't remain with Marina, but she calumniates Lee,making it look like he simply went to bed and didn't even care about what happened to his wife, or to the baby!
Would the man who asked his brother Robert to make sure his little Junie had new shoes really not care about what was happening? Ruth Paine actually got away with it to the Warren Commission, and one of the Commission defenders, David Von Pein (yet another "pain") fell for the lie--for it gave him a chance to further defame Lee Oswald. I have placed in bold face the bold faced lies of Ruth Paine. Wrote Von Pein:
MRS. PAINE -- "I informed him [LHO] in the morning that he had a baby girl. He was already asleep when I got back--no, that is not right. He was not asleep when I got back from the hospital, but he had gone to bed, and I stayed up and waited to call the hospital to hear what word there was.
So, that I knew after he was already asleep that he had a baby girl. I told him in the morning before he went to work. ...."
She later added, "He went to bed; I stayed up and waited until what I considered a proper time and then called the hospital to hear what news there was...and learned that he had a baby girl. I then went to bed and told him in the morning."
MR. JENNER -- "You did not awaken him then?"
MRS. PAINE -- "I did not awaken him. I thought about it and I decided if he was not interested in being awake I would tell him in the morning."
Von Pein then comments:
[DVP -- The above comments by Ruth strike me as quite humorous (and kind of sad at the same time). Lee Oswald, who knows his wife is going to have a baby any minute, doesn't seem to care about the impending birth of his child in the slightest degree -- he decides to go to bed, while Ruth waits up to find out if Marina gave birth or not and what her condition is. Unbelievable."
===note by JVB: Of course it's unbelievable, because it's a lie. The same man who planed the doors in Ruth Paine's house so they would close properly (see Ruth Paine's testimony,below), who played with Paine's children, who cared about Junie's shoes, and who rubbed his wife's sore feet, DID NOT GO TO SLEEP, NOT CARING WHETHER OR NOT HIS WIFE HAD SAFELY DELIVERED THEIR BABY.
But Von Pein is not a witness--he exists only to besmirch a man who, I assert, with all my strength, has been maligned, lied about, and defamed to the point of absurdity. Lee Harvey Oswald loved his babies!
Von Pein has to repeat the horrible lie, to make sure it sinks in, connecting it with the assassination so that the reader will believe that Lee was a monster:
"While her husband Lee went to sleep in Irving, Marina gave birth to Audrey Marina Rachel Oswald at 10:41 PM, Sunday night, October 20, 1963. Rachel's place of birth was, ironically, Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas -- the same hospital where President John F. Kennedy would die 33 days later after having been shot in the back of the head by Rachel's father."
Read what another enemy admits...
Near the end of September, 1963, when Lee was set to go to Mexico City --sent on a mission to deliver a dangerous bioweapon , after which mission he had been promised he could STAY there (a point that has been hidden by anti-Oswald writers, who do not wish any link to exist between me and Lee) -- that same country where I was to meet him---we'd divorce quickly and marry there---Lee was heartsick.
Why was he heartsick? Because when he said goodbye to Marina at that time, with Ruth Paine standing there, waiting to leave for Texas, Lee broke down and wept,believing he might never see little Junie again.
The reason? Lee thought it highly possible that he'd never see little Junie again because he believed he was going to stay out of the country --in Mexico--after his mission in mexico city had been completed. Nor would he see his unborn child.
Here's what the anti-Oswald writer Priscilla McMillan-Johnson had to say about this event, in her book 1977 book, Marina and Lee:
"..when he kissed Marina goodbye, his lips were trembling and it was all he could do to keep from crying." (p.402) "...Lee warned Marina, above all, she was not to tell Ruth he was going to Cuba."(p.463)
Lee had told Marina he was 'going to Cuba' --but only so she would not think about trying to contact him again. At the same time, he sent letters out to various parties, saying he planned to move to certain American cities, such as Philadelphia.
These letters, we believed, would keep everybody guessing as to Lee's final location, which was going to be in Mexico, likely at Merida, though Lee never mentioned that city as our final destination. At first, we'd planned to meet on a beach near what is now known as Cancun, then go inland and climb Chichen-Itza. That region of Cancun (which I recalled as the "village of Kankun" from an anthropologist's paper on file in the Tulane library's special "Latin America" collection ) was extremely remote at the time. Later, when the Mexico City assignment fell through drastically, we decided we'd first have to hide in the Cayman Islands for a year or so.
The Real Lee Oswald, in Ruth Paine's Own Words
Ruth Paine did have some decent words to say about Lee, which are buried in Warren Commission records and rarely quoted. On p.509,Vol. II of the 26 volumes,she says this about Lee (who was nevertheless described by the Warren Commission as a murderous loser and lone nut):
Mrs.Paine: ...I saw him as a person who cared for his wife and child, tried to make himself helpful in my home,tried to make himself welcome although he really preferred to stay to himself..."
Paine then mentions W.C. Exhibit No. 425 -- a letter Paine wrote to her mother. Quoting from the letter, Paine stated, "He...was a happy addition to our expanded family. He played with Chris" --my 3 year old, then 2 --"watched football on the TV,planed down the doors that wouldn't close they had shifted and generally added a needed masculine flavor."
When Lee stood his ground on November 22, he found himself unable to save the President he admired, and for whom he had risked his life--and would now give his life. I also believe that he also saved my life, Marina's life, the lives of Junie and Rachel, and the lives of his double agent contacts in the USSR. He could not say "I'm CIA--I was a spy, I was sent to Mexico to try to eliminate Castro, after posing as pro-Castro to hide my true identity!"
Instead, knowing what little he could say in his own defense, which would not implicate or endanger others, Lee cried out, "I'm just a patsy!"
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