Friday, August 29, 2014

This just in from Professor James Norwood. You've got to read this. This is what you call smart, observant thinking: 

Lee Harvey Oswald should have spoken the English language with a distinctive Southern accent.  His brother Robert Oswald, who grew up in the same Texas and Louisiana locations as his younger brother, speaks with a pronounced Southern accent.  Born in the Soviet Union yet raised in Texas, Oswald’s oldest daughter, June Oswald, speaks with a Southern Accent.  Native Texan Lyndon Baines Johnson never lost his Southern accent.  Distinguished naval officer, engineer, and former American president Jimmy Carter never lost his rural Georgia accent.  And Rhodes scholar and two-term American president Bill Clinton never lost his native Arkansas twang.  But there is no voice recording of Oswald that suggests he ever spoke with a Southern accent.  The question is:  Why?

If Oswald had a Southern accent, he had lost every trace of it by the time he was arrested in the Texas Theater in Dallas on November 22, 1963, and even much earlier, if we trace the evidence of his voice on recordings.  In the New Orleans media tapes of Oswald talking about his Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC) activities in August, 1963, he twice mentioned the city of New Orleans, but he pronounced the city’s name as “new or-LEENZ.”  Born in New Orleans, raised in cities throughout the Deep South, and having attended school in New Orleans, Oswald should have pronounced the name, “new OR-luns.”  In the tape recordings of Ernst Titovets, we hear Oswald's voice in Minsk, as he crisply speaks lines of Shakespearean verse from Othello with no Southern accent.

In my research of Lee Harvey Oswald, I came across only one writer who ever suggested that Oswald had a Southern accent.  That writer was Priscilla Johnson McMillan, one of the most unreliable journalists in the saga of JFK assassination studies.  McMillan's book Marina and Lee is almost certainly a product of Operation Mockingbird, which was covered in a superb historical overview on your blog recently.  It is difficult to imagine anyone this side of Gerald Posner who has done so much to undermine the character of Lee Harvey Oswald as McMillan.  It is important to observe that she felt compelled to mention that she heard him speak in a Southern accent during an interview.  Oswald SHOULD have spoken with a Southern accent.  A complete understanding of WHY did not may be achieved through a careful reading of John Armstrong's Harvey and Lee. 

A study of the voice of Oswald is part of the process of peeling away the layers of lies that reveals new truths about the identity of Lee Harvey Oswald.  The story of the assassination of President Kennedy is therefore also the story of how an innocent man was framed for the crime of the century.

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