Friday, January 22, 2016

This explanation of Marina as to why she first denied knowing anything about Oswald going to Mexico City doesn't make sense, and I'll tell you why, but first read it again: 

Mr. RANKIN. When you were asked before about the trip to Mexico, you did not say that you knew anything about it. Do you want to explain to the Commission how that happened?
Mrs. OSWALD. Most of these questions were put to me by the FBI. I do not like them too much. I didn't want to be too sincere with them. Though I was quite sincere and answered most of their questions. They questioned me a great deal, and I was very tired of them, and I thought that, well, whether I knew about it or didn't know about it didn't change matters at all, it didn't help anything, because the fact that Lee had been there was already known, and whether or not I knew about it didn't make any difference.
Mr. RANKIN. Was that the only reason that you did not tell about what you knew of the Mexico. City trip before?
Mrs. OSWALD. Yes, because the first time that they asked me I said no, I didn't know anything about it. And in all succeeding discussions I couldn't very well have said I did. There is nothing special in that. It wasn't because this was connected with some sort of secret.

It doesn't make sense because from the beginning Marina was very cooperative with the FBI. She didn't challenge their right to "sequester" her. She didn't demand to have a lawyer. She didn't demand to get the Soviet government involved, since she was a Soviet citizen. She was as cooperative and submissive as she could have been. Therefore, the idea that she would flat-out lie to them about this one thing, Mexico City, doesn't make sense. She denied knowing anything about Mexico City because she didn't know anything about it. Not having gone there, Oswald didn't tell her anything about it.

The public didn't get to hear directly from Marina until three months after the assassination. This is her first public interview. I don't know the exact date, but it was approximately 3 months after.

Here are my observations from watching it. First, the interviewer was extremely tender and gentle and delicate; he seemed to speak to her as he would a child.  Gentle, caring, and sympathetic- that's how he acted towards her- the compassionate American.

She spoke of not wanting to return to Russia and of wanting to become a US citizen. She seemed very strong about it, very pro-American. As you watch it, ask yourself: does she come across as someone who would bold-faced lie to the FBI?  

Also, in English, she spoke of her husband as "Lee". She had always called him Alik.  Imagine how hard it would be to call someone you know by a different name. Imagine how wrong it would feel. The association of the name with the person is strong, and it doesn't usually change with the language. 

She professed her belief that Lee killed the President. Of course, this interview happened only because the FBI allowed it to happen. I wonder if it was live. I doubt it. 

She said that she visited Lee's grave once or twice a week. Hmmm. Really? She said in her testimony that he beat her, that he shot at General Walker, that he wanted to shoot at Richard Nixon and she had to overpower him at the bathroom door in order to stop him, and that he wanted her to help him hijack a plane to Cuba at gunpoint. And he went on to kill Kennedy and Tippit. So, after all that, she visited his grave once or twice a week?

Here's what I wonder: Did the plotters give much thought to Marina's reaction, what she would do? Whether she would cooperate? I have to think they did. Remember that Hosty went out and talked to her alone, and Oswald didn't like it. But, they must have had a sense about how she was, her personality, and how she reacted to authority. I think the plan all along was that, once it went down, they needed to get Marina into custody, to not let her speak to the press- or to anyone. I think they anticipated, from what they knew of her, that she wouldn't put up resistance- and she didn't.

But, what if she did? What if, from the start, she had fought it all? What would they have done? What if she refused to go along with being sequestered? What if she demanded a lawyer? What if she wanted to go public right away with statements protesting what was going on, and professing her belief in her husband's innocence? 


I obviously don't know, and neither does anyone else. It's all speculation. Would they have arrested her? Would they have held her on some trumped up charge? They certainly would have gotten the press to trash her before she could say anything. They would have depicted her as mentally unstable. But, if worst came to worst, if she was really going to be a threat to the official story, would they have killed her? Suicided her? Would they have just deported her back to Russia? But, I don't see how that would have helped; she could still have made a lot of noise from over there. What if she went to Mark Lane?     
I just don't know what would have happened, but it would have been a real crisis. Without Marina's cooperation, there would have been no point in having a Warren Commission. The aftermath of the JFK assassination would have been very different- that's for sure.  


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