It was October 19, 1963. Her friend Lee Harvey Oswald had just had his 24th birthday the day before, and called Judy, as he did twice each week, to share what he was learning about the plot to kill President Kennedy. Judy knew Lee Oswald well. She had spent the summer of 1963 with him in New Orleans. Now, he was in Dallas, and she was in Florida. As her book documents in painstaking detail, she knew about the mercurial world of spies in which he worked; she knew about his time in Russia and his connection to the Mafia; she knew about his trip to Mexico City; she understood why he was becoming frightened of the real-world killers whose ring he had penetrated. Their code was hard. If Lee ran to protect himself now, he was afraid that they would retaliate by brutally killing his wife, his two young daughters, and possibly even his girlfriend to whom he was speaking on the phone. Their phone calls continued until Wednesday, November 20, 1963. Then, on November 24th, she watched the man she loved get murdered on live national television.
ME & LEE: How I came to know, love and lose Lee Harvey Oswald is a 600-page non-fiction autobiography by Judyth Vary Baker, which recounts Judy’s summer with Lee, their cover jobs at Reily Coffee Company, the secret medical project they worked on together, and the secrets he shared with her about JFK’s impending assassination.
Oct. 18, 2011 would have been Lee Harvey Oswald’s 72nd birthday and Judy Vary Baker, a recluse who rarely makes public appearances, wants to mark the date by asking the world to reconsider Oswald’s role in history. Her take: Lee was an undercover agent who had penetrated a ring determined to murder President Kennedy and was actually trying to prevent it. Instead, they framed him for the crime, and then murdered him before he could defend himself in a court of law. Ms. Vary Baker asserts that Lee Oswald was trying to prevent JFK’s murder, not cause it.
Former Governor Jesse Ventura calls Judy’s book “stunning” and ranked it among his six favorite conspiracy reads, adding that “her book shows beyond any doubt that (Oswald) was clearly a government agent.”
Judy’s connection to Oswald was documented earlier in a 2007 book entitled Dr. Mary’s Monkey, authored by Edward Haslam. In 2010 Judy came forward with her own book validating that her association with Oswald was personal, professional, and romantic. Me & Lee is a memoir that blows the lid off the Lee Harvey Oswald debate, and even names some of the men responsible for Kennedy’s assassination. It is a must-read for anyone interested in American history, politics or the fates of star-crossed lovers.
Afraid for her own life after the JFK assassination, Judy dropped out of sight and lived a quiet life until her children were grown. Today, she continues to live in an undisclosed location overseas, but will make a rare North American public appearance to mark her former lover’s birthday and to continue her efforts to clear his name.
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Ms. Baker will be at limited events in Toronto, Canada from Oct. 15 to 22, 2011, to schedule an interview: