“Oswald’s Summer of Secrets: New Orleans and the JFK Assassination” is the topic of conference in the Crescent City starting tomorrow October 16. Some JFK writers whose work I admire will speak, including Joan Mellen, Russ Baker, and Jim Marrs.
I won’t be attending.
The conference presents as fact something that I don’t think has been established factually.
Judyth Vary Baker, who says she was romantically involved with Lee Harvey Oswald in the summer of 1963, is presented in the conference program as “a former girlfriend of Oswald.”
This statement may be true. Baker did work at the Reilly Coffee Company in 1963 where Oswald was briefly employed. But it is not demonstrably true, and such a significant claim must be if we are to accept it and join in debate with the person making it.
A while ago, I asked Baker to provide corroboration and her response was unconvincing. Since then, I have see nothing that to prove that Baker’s story of romantic involvement actually happened. If there is such evidence, I would be glad to see it.
The conference participants are right that events in New Orleans in the summer of 1963 are critical to understanding the disaster that culminated in Dealey Plaza in the fall. To complicate that important discussion with Baker’s dubious claim is an invitation to distraction and disputation. I think the JFK Lancer conference in November will be more reliable and edifying.