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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 72« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald Resumed)

Mrs. Oswald.
Nothing else. He didn't tell me anything else. He talked to Ruth a few words. Perhaps she knows more.
Mr. Rankin.
By Ruth, you mean Mrs. Paine?
Mrs. Oswald.
They spoke in English. Yes.
Mr. Rankin.
And did Mrs. Paine tell you what he said to her at that time?
Mrs. Oswald.
No.
Mr. Rankin.
Do you recall your husband saying at any time. after he saw the film about the Cuban assassination that this was the old-fashioned way of assassination?
Mrs. Oswald.
No.
Mr. Rankin.
Do you recall anything being said by your husband at any time about Governor Connally?
Mrs. Oswald.
Well, while we were still in Russia, and Connally at that time was Secretary of the Navy, Lee wrote him a letter in which he asked Connally to help him obtain a good character reference because at the end of his Army service he had a good characteristic--honorable discharge but that it had been changed after it became known he had gone to Russia.
Mr. Rankin.
Had it been changed to undesirable discharge, as you understand it?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes. Then we received a letter from Connally in which he said that he had turned the matter over to the responsible authorities. That was all in Russia.
But here it seems he had written again to that organization with a request to review. But he said from time to time that these are bureaucrats, and he was dissatisfied.
Mr. Rankin.
Do you know when he wrote again?
Mrs. Oswald.
No.
Mr. Rankin.
Was that letter written from New Orleans?
Mrs. Oswald.
I don't know. I only know about the fact, but when and how, I don't know.
Mr. Rankin.
Did your husband say anything to you to indicate he had a dislike for Governor Connally?
Mrs. Oswald.
Here he didn't say anything.
But while we were in Russia he spoke well of him. It seems to me that Connally was running for Governor and Lee said that when he would return to the United States he would vote for him.
Mr. Rankin.
That is all that you remember that he said about Governor Connally then?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes.
Mr. Rankin.
With regard to the Walker incident, you said that your husband seemed disturbed for several weeks. Did you notice anything of that kind with regard to the day prior to the assassination?
Mrs. Oswald.
No.
Mr. Rankin.
On November 22, the day of the assassination, you said your husband got up and got his breakfast. Did you get up at all before he left?
Mrs. Oswald.
No. I woke up before him, and I then went to the kitchen to see whether he had had breakfast or not-- whether he had already left for work. But the coffee pot was cold and Lee was not there.
And when I met Ruth that morning, I asked her whether Lee had had coffee or not, and she said probably, perhaps he had made himself some instant coffee.
But probably he hadn't had any breakfast that morning.
Mr. Rankin.
Then did he say anything to you that morning at all, or did he get up and go without speaking to you?
Mrs. Oswald.
He told me to take as much money as I needed and to buy everything, and said goodbye, and that is all.
After the police had already come, I noticed that Lee had left his wedding ring.
Mr. Rankin.
You didn't observe that that morning when your husband had left, did you?
Mrs. Oswald.
No.
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