Sunday, February 12, 2017

I just got off the phone with John Armstrong. We talked for 2 1/2 hours. We talked about a lot of things, much of which was off the record, in that he doesn't want me to write about it because he's not ready to go public with it yet. It's new research. And when he is ready to go public with it, he'll do it himself. But, he did give me permission to share this: 

Many years ago, he called Rachel Oswald, for the first time, and they talked for a long while. There were various things he wanted to ask her, but the primary reason he called her was to see if she would be willing to introduce him to Robert Oswald and help set up a meeting. At the time, John had high hopes of interviewing Robert Oswald. Imagine if that had happened. It would have been historic.

But, Rachel just went silent for a bit, and John asked her, "When was the last time you heard from your uncle?" And she, "I've never heard from him, and neither has my sister (June)." 

What??? Reportedly, it was his brother who was killed. Right? And think about that last conversation they had in which Oswald expressed his concern to his brother about "Junie needs new shoes." So, after Oswald dies, Robert Oswald does nothing for his brother's kids? 

In contrast, when JFK died, Bobby Kennedy devoted a lot of time to Jack's children, Carolyn and John. He definitely played the role of surrogate father. I learned that from the book by Heymann. And then when Bobby Kennedy died, Edward Kennedy stepped into the role and became a father figure, especially to John. 

Now, I realize that Marina eventually remarried, so maybe that role went to Porter. But even so, why wouldn't Robert Oswald want to have a lasting bond with his brother's children? 

Well, you know the answer; it's because the Lee Harvey Oswald of fame was not his brother, and June and Rachel are not his nieces.   

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