Judyth Vary Baker has written to JFK Facts about my recent post on her various claims about Lee Harvey Oswald. In the interests of fairness, I want to give her response the same prominence as the original item.
Here is Baker’s comment, edited for punctuation and spelling only:
One pay check stub? I have 11. Hired the same day, May 9, 1963, by Wm. B. Reilly as was Lee Oswald. Started at Standard Coffee, a small subsidiary to Reilly, the same day. Moved, one week later, on the same day, May 16, to Reilly from Standard with Lee. My initial ‘J’ is on most of Lee’s time cards, though two “J’s’ were recently erased at the Mary Ferrell Foundation site (the originals as in National Archives remain unchanged).
The day Lee was fired, July 19, 1963, an ad was placed w/ Times-Picayune to replace me, showing up on July 20. The day Lee was arrested, Aug. 9, I was fired at Reilly. We arrived the same month in New Orleans (April) and left the same month (Sept.).
The witness Anna Lewis can be found on film on YouTube, at meandlee.com, at doctormarysmonkey.com, and at jfkmurdersolved.com, and the film has been extant for a decade and seen by many. Another witness, Mac McCullough is in the book as well as on audiotapes. In addition, the Charles Thomas family has verified my identification of their father/grandfather/husband as the former Customs officer who flew in from Miami to expedite Lee’s passport (along with a stack of others to mask the matter) on June 25th (a passport application was made June 24).
A sketch of the layout of my apartment at 1023 Marengo is in Lee’s address book and researchers such as Martin Shackelford entered that house and photographed its interior before it was gutted and rebuilt with the door moved to a central position. Lee and I lived so close to each other that we were only one bus stop apart (I got on just after Napoleon…Lee got on before Napoleon at Upperline, on the Magazine Bus).
In 2003 on the History Channel documentary THE LOVE AFFAIR I referred to the Kennedy assassination as “The Big Event” several years before CIA’s Hunt called it that in his recording for St. John Hunt. Mr. Parker, whose work I respect, has never met me, nor has McAdams or Kelly.
In contrast, those who have spent many hours interrogating me and viewing the evidence have become my supporters, among them (by no means all are mentioned here): Martin Shackelford, Harrison Livingstone, Robert Groden, Jim Marrs, and, important to me, Peter DeVries, the Dutch investigator who uncovers frauds, who, after long investigation, added me as a viable witness to his documentary seen across Europe (not in the US). Nigel Turner was sent by Interpen leader Gerry Patrick Hemming to interview me after I visited Gerry in Fayetteville, and due to the private information I had about Gerry, I’ve become friends with his family. Shackelford and others will tell you my story has been altered, factoids inserted, emails altered.
Sixty Minutes tried three times to film in a 14 month effort. Don Hewitt, Phil Scheffler, Mike Wallace and 60 Minutes investigator Howard Liebengood were stopped ‘from higher up’ when, as Hewitt said, “the door was slammed in our faces.”
I focus on Lee Oswald’s innocence and have provided to researchers information, for example, leading to evidence that Lee worked with Customs in New Orleans (that information expanded by Joan Mellen, which research Howard Platzman can verify); I wrote a ‘teaser’ book with passages in bold face that led to the original book, after being warned the original book could be stolen.
The poor advice of my London-based agent included asking me to agree that I was hiding in Europe and a woman in Mexico had been shot who the murderers thought was me. For these falsehoods, I fired this very effective agent who was, however, generating false information. The book was then published without my authorization some six years ago, and, since I’d nto seen the final edit, I sent out press announcements of my disapproval and then forced the book’s withdrawal.
Meanwhile, Ed Haslam, a careful and astute researcher, investigated me for years. Haslam then rewrote his book. McAdams thanks people who never met me–and he never met me. The article above says I had just a check stub and my witness (just one of several) could not be found on the Internet. ME & LEE presents the facts of our relationship.
I urge you to read the book. I never knew why Greg Parker ceased to write to me, and I do wish he had addressed his concerns with me. Certainly Vincent Palamara has also changed his mind about me (but for the better), as well as a number of others. You might read Linda Minor’s Quixotic Joust blog. Minor is one of our best researchers. Note that Brian Duffy told Sixty Minutes a number of negative things about me that were not true, such as that I had no witnesses. But Duffy had a lot to lose: he had just returned to US News & World report and would soon become its main editor: he had written a fistful of pages praising Gerald Posner’s CASE CLOSED and was nto about to allow anybody to upset Posner’s reputation (later destroyed through Posner’s own problems with plagiarism in another book).
Now, I would appreciate it if all of you fine people would consider the fact that I have to live overseas due to harassment. That I’ve been in so many so-called ‘accidents’ since speaking out that GEICO wishes I’d never been born. The courageous publisher Kris Millegan of Trine Day was the first publisher I approached. He and his editorial and investigative staff took two years to investigate my testimony, witnesses and evidence. This year, he accompanied me for three weeks as I spoke to people along the west coast of the USA, my first entry into the US for five years. It was a wonderful experience. Eyes were opened. People who doubted me, met me face Io face, and I answered their questions sincerely. However, I suppose it would be easiest if I never spoke out. I did it because I loved Lee Oswald. I hope that you will respect that. I will copy this response to Facebook so people will know what I wrote to you.
Thank you for your attention.
Sincerely, Judyth Vary Baker, author and witness.