|At left is the Marguerite Oswald
in 1954. Note her
eyebrows. At right is the real Marguerite Claverie Oswald in 1957.
The Warren Commission reported that the one and only mother of the one and only Lee Harvey Oswald was a woman named Marguerite Oswald. But when the "Oswald project" began, in the 1940s, LEE Oswald and HARVEY Oswald were children and needed the support and care of adults. Marguerite Claverie Oswald (photo above right), mother of John Pic and Robert Oswald, was the mother of LEE Harvey Oswald. The woman pictured above in the left photo, and the woman pictured in the photo below, was the caretaker of Russian-speaking HARVEY Oswald, the man accused of murdering President Kennedy. By comparing photographs, testimony, and statements of people who knew Marguerite Claverie Oswald, it becomes quite obvious that the short, heavy set woman who testified before the Warren Commission in 1964 was not the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald.
The short, heavy-set Marguerite Oswald impostor
|The Marguerite impostor around 1956? Note the eyebrows slanting down away from her nose behind her glasses.|
This is the "Marguerite Oswald" who testified to the Warren Commission and said she was the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald. She was, however, an impostor. This short, heavy-set woman (about 5' 0" tall) first appeared in June, 1947 with HARVEY Oswald in Fort Worth. She lived in a small house owned by Marguerite Claverie Oswald at 101 San Saba, across the street from friend and neighbor Georgia Bell. This Marguerite Oswald impostor was unemployed, did not have a car, but kept clothing and furniture at a house located at 2220 Thomas Place. The Marguerite Oswald impostor stored furniture in this house in 1947, lived in this house in 1954 and was living in this house in 1963 when JFK was assassinated.
In the early 1950s the Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY Oswald moved to New York City, where HARVEY briefly attended Public School #117 and Public School #44. HARVEY failed to attend school regularly, was adjudged truant, and placed in Youth House in the spring of 1953. While HARVEY was truanting and in Youth House, LEE Oswald was attending Public School #44 with near perfect attendance. But where did LEE Oswald attend PS #44?? There was a PS #44 in each of the 5 New York City burroughs--Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The Warren Commission said that Oswald (Harvey) briefly attended PS #44 in the Bronx and was placed in Youth House for truancy. But Robert Oswald wrote on page 63 of his book LEE, that "Lee entered the 8th grade at P.S. 44 on Columbus Avenue at 76th St." This school is William J. O'Shea Junior High School, PS 44 in Manhattan. Two Oswalds, two PS #44 junior high schools. The Marguerite Oswald impostor was interviewed at Youth House by probation officer John Carro. During this one interview she made countless mistakes about her family background, mistakes that the real Marguerite Claverie Oswald would never make. Following are a few biographical mistakes she made during this one interview.
The Marguerite Oswald impostor told Carro she was the youngest of 6 children, yet there were 5 children in the Claverie family. She gave Lee Oswald's father's name as Robert Lee Harvey, when his real name was Robert Edward Lee Oswald. She said Lee's father died at age 45, yet we know he was 43 years old when he died. She gave her marriage date as July 19, 1929, yet she married Robert Oswald in 1933. She gave her sister's name as Lillian Sigouerette, when we know her sister's name was Lillian Murrett. She said she formerly owned a house in Corning, Texas, yet there is not and never has been a "Corning," Texas. She gave Lee Harvey Oswald's birth date as October 19 when the correct date was October 18th. She said Lee was baptized at the Trinity Lutheran Church in New Orleans, when the records show he was baptized at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Orleans. When she was asked whether Lee's father was right or left handed she replied "I do not remember, sir" (Warren Commission testimony). There is no reason for a 45 year old woman to make these kind of errors concerning her background. Had she forgotten, was she lying, or was this person truly Lee's mother?
A few months after HARVEY Oswald was released from Youth House the Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY left New York City and resided briefly in Stanley, North Dakota. Marguerite Claverie Oswald and LEE were still living in NYC. It was in North Dakota that HARVEY became friends with William Henry Timmer, and talked about his involvement with teenage gangs in NYC. In the fall of 1953 the Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY moved to New Orleans, where they resided at 126 Exchange Place in the French Quarter. HARVEY began attending Beauregard Junior High school part time in the 8th grade, while the Marguerite Oswald impostor worked as a bar maid where little personal information or payroll tax information was required.
In January 1954, while living at 126 Exchange Place, HARVEY attended Beauregard JHS full time and was assigned to the homeroom of physical education teacher Myra DaRouse (YouTube video interview with Myra DaRouse). Myra only had a homeroom for a single school year while she taught at Beauregard, and it was located in a basement room that also served as the school cafeteria. During the same school year LEE Oswald, while living at 1435 St. Marys St., attended the 8th grade at Beauregard JHS, but he was assigned to homeroom 303 on the third floor of the building.
In the fall of 1954 the Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY left New Orleans and moved into an apartment at 2220 Thomas Place (a duplex) in Fort Worth. It is worth remembering that the Marguerite Oswald impostor had furniture and clothing stored at this same address in 1947. HARVEY began attending Stripling Junior High school, which was directly across the street. HARVEY, in the 9th grade, was remembered by classmates Doug Gann, Jackie and Bobby Pitts, and Fran Schubert (YouTube interview with Fran Schubert) and physical education teacher Mark Summers. Also enrolled in the 9th grade at Stripling was Peter Gregory, who would later befriend HARVEY and Marina after they arrived in Fort Worth in June, 1962. Fran remembered that HARVEY was thin, short, wore a leather jacket and his mother always wore a white nurse's uniform. The day after President Kennedy was killed, assistant principal Frank Kudlaty gave Oswald's school records (Stripling JHS) to the FBI (YouTube interview with Frank Kudlaty). Those school records disappeared, because in the fall of 1954 the Warren Commission published school records that showed LEE Harvey Oswald was a 9th grade student at Beauregard JHS in New Orleans. (See cumulative Beauregard records.) The attempted cover-up was far from perfect. In addition to the recollections of 1954/55 Stripling staff and students, Robert Oswald told the Fort Worth Star Telegraph in October 1959 and again in June 1962 that his “brother” had attended Stripling School. He repeated the accusation in his sworn Warren Commission testimony.
In January, 1955 HARVEY Oswald and the Marguerite Oswald impostor returned to New Orleans where both began working full time for Maury Goodman at the Dolly Shoe Store on Canal Street. A few months later, when asked to fill out detailed personal information required by the store's insurance company, the Marguerite Oswald impostor repeatedly refused and was fired. Newly hired store manager Louis Marzialle (YouTube video interview with Louis Marzialle) recalled that after Mrs. Oswald's employment was terminated at Dolly Shoe he saw her working as a bar maid in the Quarter. The photo on the left is of the Marguerite Oswald impostor in 1954, and she has extremely slanted eyebrows. This striking and distinct facial feature was later hidden by her ever present large frame glasses. The much taller and thinner Marguerite Claverie Oswald's eyebrows were nearly horizontal, as can be seen in the photo on the right, taken at Paul's Shoe Store in 1957.
In the fall of 1955, HARVEY Oswald briefly attended Warren Easton High school in New Orleans. At the same time LEE Oswald was working full time at the Gerard F. Tujague Co. On October 7 a note, handwritten by Mrs. Oswald, was delivered to Warren Easton that read, "...we are moving to San Diego in the middle of this month Lee must quit school now..." Years later (fall, 1963), when HARVEY Oswald was interviewed by Texas Employment Commission worker Laura Kittrell, HARVEY discussed living in San Diego and working for 6 months at ETI Realty.
In January, 1956 HARVEY and the Marguerite Oswald impostor returned to New Orleans, where HARVEY worked briefly at the J.R. Michaels Company. LEE Oswald was still working full time for the Gerard F. Tujague Co., located one floor above J.R. Michaels in the Sanlin Bldg. In early 1956 Harvey also worked briefly for the Pfisterer Dental Laboratory, according to company president Linda Faircloth (YouTube interview with Linda Faircloth). In June, 1956 HARVEY Oswald (now 17) and the Marguerite Oswald impostor moved to Fort Worth and resided at 4936 Collinwood. One month later, while LEE Oswald and his mother were living in New Orleans, Robert Oswald (age 22) met HARVEY Oswald and the "Marguerite Oswald impostor." Robert moved into their apartment and began dating Vada Mercer, who he would marry 5 months later (November, 1956). Interestingly, Vada told the FBI that she never met Lee Harvey Oswald prior to their marriage. This was because Robert was living at 4936 Collinwood with the Marguerite Oswald impostor who was not his mother, and HARVEY Oswald who was not his brother. In the fall (1956) HARVEY briefly attended Arlington Heights High School and, in October, dropped out of school and joined the Marines. Robert married Vada Mercer in November and the Marguerite Oswald impostor lived alone at 4936 Collinwood until July (1957). Her neighbor, Mrs. Enochs, said that Marguerite Oswald (the impostor) told her that she had been fired from two jobs while living at 4936 Collinwood. In September, 1957, while living with HARVEY and the Marguerite Oswald impostor, Robert Oswald drove to New Orleans. He picked up his mother and brother (LEE) and drove them to Ft. Worth, where they resided in apt. #4 at 3830 W. 6th. Marguerite Claverie Oswald began work at Clyde Campbells Mens Store and LEE joined the Marines in October. At Christmas, 1957, Marguerite Claverie Oswald was working Paul's Shoe Store (see Christmas photo 1957), selling Avon cosmetics, and living at 3830 W. 6th.
In the fall of 1957 the Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY were living in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sgt. Donald Swarz, of the Intelligence Unit of the Columbus, Ohio Police Dept., had information that Oswald had briefly attended classes at Antioch College (also attended by Ruth Paine). In October, the Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY were living at the Hotel Senator on Dauphine St. in New Orleans. HARVEY began working at the Pfisterer Dental Laboratory, directly across the street, where he met co-worker Palmer McBride. On October 4, 1963, HARVEY and Palmer McBride discussed the Russian launching of 'Sputnik," the first satellite to orbit the globe. On October 12, HARVEY and Palmer attended the Boris Godounov opera in New Orleans. HARVEY and Palmer worked together at the Pfisterer Dental Laboratory until May, 1958 when HARVEY and the Marguerite Oswald impostor left New Orleans and moved to Fort Worth. After finding a job in Fort Worth selling shoes, HARVEY wrote a letter to the dental lab that was read aloud to Pfisterer employees by office manager Earl Williamson. Palmer McBride met the Marguerite Oswald impostor at the Hotel Senator and remembered that she was "short, heavy set, grey haired, and not very friendly." In 1996 I sent Palmer the two photographs that appear above. Palmer identified the woman he knew as HARVEY's mother as the #1 photo, but had never seen the woman in photo #2, the real Marguerite Claverie Oswald (who was then living at 3830 W. 6th in Fort Worth). Employment of the Marguerite Oswald impostor from the fall of 1957 thru May, 1958 is unknown, though she was living at the Hotel Senator in the French Quarter with HARVEY. While Harvey was living in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and working at the Pfisterer Dental Lab in New Orleans, LEE Oswald was in Japan, the Philippines, and the south China Sea.
In the fall of 1958 Marguerite Claverie Oswald and the Marguerite Oswald impostor switched identities. Marguerite Claverie Oswald quit her job at Paul's Shoe Store in Fort Worth and moved to New Orleans, where she obtained employment at Kriegers Dept Store and Holmes Dept Store selling women's clothes. The Marguerite Oswald impostor continued to live in and around Fort Worth for the rest of her life. She briefly worked for Washer Brothers, a family-owned department store with one location. On August 28 she began working for the King Candy Company and operated a booth at the Fair Ridglea Department Store in Fort Worth. On December 5, while at work, a jar fell on her head, allegedly causing injury. The Marguerite Oswald impostor claimed injury, hired an attorney, and was awarded workers compensation. She then applied for a hardship discharge to the US Marine Corps so that her son (HARVEY, now at MACS 9 in Santa Ana, CA) could return to Fort Worth and care for her. After 1958 the Marguerite Oswald impostor, now living in Fort Worth, became the one and only "Marguerite Oswald," mother of HARVEY Oswald who "defected" to Russia in 1959 and was accused of killing President Kennedy in 1963. In the fall of 1958 Marguerite Claverie Oswald was living in New Orleans and never returned to Fort Worth.
In the fall of 1958 HARVEY Oswald left Fort Worth, re-entered the Marines, and was sent to Atsugi, Japan. On September 14, 1958 HARVEY Oswald boarded the USS Skagit for Taiwan, accompanied by Marines who never knew or were associated with LEE Oswald. On October 6, HARVEY Oswald was listed on Marine Corps Unit Diary #158-58 at Ping-Tung (North Taiwan). When later interviewed in Moscow by reporter Priscilla Johnson, HARVEY Oswald said, "After I finished high school I joined the Marines at 17.... I was in Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Formosa (the Dutch name for Taiwan). While HARVEY was in Taiwan, LEE Oswald made repeated visits to the Atsugi Station Hospital in Japan on Sept. 16, 20, 22, 23, 29, and was admitted to the hospital on October 6. HARVEY returned from Taiwan to Japan on October 5 and in late October arrived at MACS 9 in Santa Ana, CA, where he would remain until discharged in Sept., 1959. On November 2, 1958 LEE Oswald left Yokosuku, Japan aboard the USS Barrett and arrived in San Francisco on November 15. After leave, LEE Oswald was stationed at El Toro, CA. According to Major William P. Gorsky, Assistant Provost Marhsall at the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro, LEE Harvey Oswald was discharged from the Marines in March, 1959, while HARVEY Oswald was stationed at Santa Ana, CA and was not discharged from the Marines until Sept., 1959.
In late 1958 HARVEY Oswald had switched identities with LEE Oswald, and was now stationed with a new group of Marines in Santa Ana, CA. While at Santa Ana, HARVEY was given and passed a Russian language exam, read Russian newspapers, listened to Russian records, dated a Russian-speaking woman, and let fellow Marines know of his interest in Russia and communism. HARVEY was making preparations for his upcoming "defection" to Russia. Russian-speaking HARVEY had successfully switched identities with American born Lee Harvey Oswald. HARVEY Oswald became the historical "Lee Harvey Oswald" who would defect to the Soviet Union in 1959, return to the USA with a Russian wife in June, 1962, and be accused of killing President Kennedy in 1963.
From 1947 thru 1958 the Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY were shadow-like personas of Marguerite Claverie Oswald and LEE. These two families lived in the same cities and often, at slightly different times, at the same address. HARVEY and LEE often attended the same schools, were both in the Marine Corps, and on occasion had the same friends, again at slightly different times. This was the CIA's "Oswald project," and the intent was to merge the identity of a Russian-speaking youth (HARVEY) with the background of an American citizen (LEE Oswald). Once complete the Russian-speaking youth (HARVEY) could be verified as born in the USA, raised in USA, and a former Marine. Lee HARVEY Oswald was now ready to "defect" to the Soviet Union, where his proficiency in the Russian language would be invaluable.
The Marguerite Oswald impostor moved continuously, had no close friends, was never able to hold a job for more than a few months, and almost always worked for cash. This woman, known to the public as Marguerite Oswald--mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, was an impostor. Even though her real name and identity remain unknown, she was the caretaker of Russian-speaking HARVEY Oswald, whose real name and identity also remain unknown.
Marguerite Claverie Oswald (1957): Mother of LEE Harvey Oswald
Marguerite Claverie Oswald, the biological mother of LEE Harvey Oswald, Robert Oswald, and John Pic, stood in stark contrast to the short, dumpy woman who adopted her name and acted as HARVEY Oswald's caretaker. The real Marguerite Claverie Oswald was relatively tall (about 5' 6" - 5' 7"), attractive, well groomed, always dressed nicely, and had straight, horizontal eyebrows, and never wore glasses.
1956 1937 1943
Marguerite Claverie and 5' 11" to 6 foot tall Edwin Ekdahl were married on May 7, 1945 in Rockwall, TX. The photo below is Marguerite and Ekdahl, standing together in front of Ekdahl's 1938 Buick on their wedding day.
In contrast to the "Marguerite Oswald impostor," Marguerite Claverie Oswald was a steadying influence on her son LEE Oswald, who always had a history of good attendance at schools in Fort Worth, New York City, and New Orleans. In 1947 Marguerite Claverie (Oswald) Ekdahl was living with her husband and son (LEE) in the upstairs apartment of a duplex at 1505 8th Avenue in Fort Worth. In the summer of 1947 John Pic worked at Walgreens and then at the Tex Gold ice cream parlor, four blocks south of their apartment. By the end of summer (1947) Pic was promoted to assistant manager. In the fall of 1947 LEE Oswald attended the nearby Lilly B. Clayton Elementary School. The Oswalds (Pic, Robert, LEE) spent the Christmas holidays of 1947 at 1505 8th Avenue with Ekdahl.
Christmas 1947 at 1505 8th Avenue LEE Oswald, riding his tricyle at 1505 8th Avenue
On July 7, 1947 Marguerite C. Ekdahl purchased a small home at 101 San Saba in Benbrook, TX, a suburb of Fort Worth. She rented this house to the Marguerite Oswald impostor, the woman who shared her name and identity for the next 16 years. These two women were not only involved with each other at 101 San Saba, they also lived in close proximity in New York City, New Orleans, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This was not a chance occurrence. They were involved and manipulated by US intelligence in the "Oswald project," designed to place a young Russian speaking American person in the Soviet Union.
In June, 1947 Walter and Georgia Bell lived in a new home directly across the street at 100 San Saba. Georgia remembered the short, heavy-set Marguerite Oswald impostor very well. "Marguerite" had a young son, did not have a car, worked as a practical nurse, and Georgia would often bring her groceries. Georgia said the Oswald's moved into 101 San Saba in June, 1947, when her husband was building their new home. After the Oswald's left 101 San Saba, around Thanksgiving, 1947, the small house was rented to a family named "Charbenaur.". Georgia Bell lived at 100 San Saba for the next 49 years, and knew all of her neighbors very well. While Marguerite Claverie (Oswald) Ekdahl was living with Ekdahl and her son LEE Oswald at 1505 8th Avenue in Fort Worth, 7 miles from Benbrook, the short, heavy-set Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY were living at 101 San Saba. After the Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY left 101 San Saba, around Thanksgiving, 1947, Marguerite Claverie Oswald continued to rent this home until November 6, 1951, when title was transferred to Otis Carleton. The photo below, "John Pic Exhibit No. 55," was taken in 1949 by Marguerite Claverie Oswald. The dog belonged to LEE Oswald.
Marguerite rented 101 San Saba from 1947 to 1951.
John Pic said they briefly lived at 101 San Saba in summer, 1948.
Marguerite Claverie (Oswald) Ekdahl, LEE, and Mr. Ekdahl lived in the upstairs apartment at 1505 8th Avenue in Fort Worth. In 1964 the "Marguerite Oswald impostor," who was never married to Ekdahl and never lived at 1505 8th Avenue, testified before the Warren Commission. When asked about living at 1505 8th Avenue she said, "It was in the apartment house downstairs." Another mistake by the Marguerite Oswald impostor. In the summer and fall of 1947 the short, heavy-set Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY were living at 101 San Saba in Benbrook, TX, over 7 miles from where Marguerite (Claverie) Ekdahl was living at 1505 8th Avenue in Fort Worth.
In 1947 Marguerite Claverie (Oswald) Ekdahl living at 1505 8th Avenue, while at the same time the Marguerite Oswald impostor was living at 101 San Saba created a serious problem. If this information were made public, the two Marguerite Oswalds and the "Oswald project" could be exposed. The US intelligence agency responsible for creating two "Lee Harvey Oswalds," and two Oswald families, would then be suspected of conspiring to assassinate President Kennedy. Allen Dulles, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was a member of the Warren Commission. Dulles attended more Commission meetings and hearings than any of the other members. Robert Oswald testified at length about the Oswald family history during the first half of 1947, but when Commission Attorney Albert Jenner began to question Robert about the summer of 1947 it was Allen Dulles who asked for an adjournment. When Robert's testimony resumed Jenner said, "This brought us through the summer of 1948, I believe." Robert Oswald answered, "That is correct, sir." With the aide of former CIA Director Allen Dulles, Attorney Albert Jenner, and the cooperation of Robert Oswald, any and all testimony that would indicate the Oswalds were living at 101 San Saba and 1505 8th Avenue at the same time were avoided.
In the Spring of 1948 Marguerite Claverie Oswald left Edwin Ekdahl and moved to a small home at 3300 Willing St. in Fort Worth. On March 19 LEE Oswald transferred to the nearby George Clark Elementary School in the 2nd grade. In June, Marguerite Claverie Oswald began working at Leonards Department Store, and later at the W.C. Stripling Company. According to John Pic, the Oswald family (Marguerite, LEE, Robert, Pic) briefly lived at 101 San Saba in the summer of 1948. On September 15, 1948, Marguerite Claverie Oswald purchased a home at 7408 Ewing, in Fort Worth, and soon began work at Texas Prudential Insurance. The home was occupied by Marguerite, Pic, Robert, and LEE.
In July, 1949 Marguerite Claverie Oswald was Assistant Store Manager of the Lerner's Store in Fort Worth. On November 22 she began working for the Literary Guild and operated a booth in Cox's Department Store. In January, 1950 John Pic joined the US Coast Guard, left home, and was assigned to Cape May, New Jersey. In June Marguerite Claverie Oswald began working for McDonald Kitchens as a hostess. In September she was working for the Joseph Luker Insurance Agency.
On November 1, 1951 Marguerite transferred title to 101 San Saba to Otis Carleton and on November 15 purchased a small house at 4833 Birchman, 6 blocks from Stripling Junior High School.
On July 15, 1952 Robert Oswald left home and joined the Marines. One month later, on August 20, Marguerite sold her home at 7408 Ewing. Two weeks later Marguerite Claverie Oswald and her son LEE drove their 1948 Dodge to New York City and moved into John Pic and his wife's small apartment in Manhattan. LEE Oswald enrolled in a school close to the Pic's apartment and later transferred to PS #44 where he had a very good attendance record. At the same time HARVEY Oswald was enrolled in PS #117 in the Bronx, refused to attend school, and it was HARVEY Oswald who was placed by the Bureau of Attendance in the Youth House.
In January, 1953 the HUAC (House Un-American Activites Committee) file in New York City made reference to a "Mrs. M. Oswald" in a CIA Office of Security file. The file contained references to 1941, Nazi's and New Jersey. Judge John Tunheim, of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) wrote to Henry Hyde in an attempt to get the HUAC files and Lee and Marguerite Oswald released, but his request was refused. In February John Pic and his family were invited to dinner at the Oswald's apartment. This was the last time Pic would see his brother for 9 years. Pic next saw his brother at Thanksgiving dinner in Robert Oswald's home in 1962. Pic said, "the Lee Harvey Oswald I met in November of 1962 [Thanksgiving] was not the Lee Harvey Oswald I had known 10 years previous [in New York City]."
5' 1" husky LEE Oswald in 6th grade in 1952.
John Pic identified this photo as his brother.
NYC records listed LHO's height as 5' 4" in 1953.
4' 6" thin HARVEY Oswald in 1953 at the Bronx Zoo.
John Pic told the W.C. this photo was not his brother.
1954-HARVEY was 4'6'-4'8" and very thin (Myra DaRouse).
In January, 1954 Marguerite Claverie Oswald and LEE Oswald re-located from New York to New Orleans, where LEE enrolled in Beauregard Junior High and Marguerite worked at Burt's Shoe Store. From January-May, 1954 LEE and HARVEY were in the 8th grade at Beauregard Junior High School in New Orleans. HARVEY was assigned to Myra DaRouse's homeroom in the basement cafeteria, while LEE was assigned to homeroom 303 on the 3rd floor of the school. Marguerite rented an apartment at 1454 St. Marys from her long time close friend Myrtle Evans. Myrtle Evans was Marguerite's landlord and had known Marguerite since 1935. Myrtle saw and talked with Marguerite and LEE Oswald "nearly every day" for over a year when they lived in her apartment building in 1954 and 1955. Myrtle said, "Marguerite was a very good housekeeper, very tasty... she was always so lovely herself... she was beautiful." Julian Evans said, "she was a fashion plate." While Marguerite Claverie Oswald and LEE were living at 1454 St. Marys, the Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY were living at 126 Exchange Place in the French Quarter, where she was photographed in 1954 (3rd photo below, on right).
||1954 Marguerite Oswald
impostor at 126 Exchange Place.
Note the severely slanted eyebrows.
In May, 1955 Marguerite Claverie Oswald and her son LEE moved from 1454 St. Marys to 126 Exchange (former residence of the Marguerite Oswald impostor and HARVEY). Marguerite was working at Kriegers Dept Store and later at Goldrings. LEE Oswald became friends with Ed Voebel (who was also friends with HARVEY Oswald a year earlier), joined the Civil Air Patrol, and soon got a full time job at the Gerald F. Tujague Company, a local freight forwarder. LEE worked for Frank DiBenedetto (supervisor) at Tujague's for a year, from July, 1955 thru the summer of 1956. While LEE was working at Tujague's in the fall of 1955 HARVEY Oswald was attending Warren Easton High School. In January, 1956 HARVEY briefly worked for the J.R. Michaels Company on Canal Street, in the same building and at the same time that LEE Oswald was working for Tujague's.
On April 7, 1964 Commission Attorney Albert Jenner questioned Myrtle Evans, Julian Evans, and Ed Voebel. Each of these witnesses told Jenner they did not recognize the Marguerite Oswald they saw on television as the woman they knew in 1955. Jenner could easily have arranged for them to meet with the Marguerite Oswald impostor, but he did not.
On July 31, 1956 Marguerite Claverie Oswald terminated her employment at Goldrings. LEE Oswald quit Tujague's and told his boss, Frank DiBenedetto, that he was going to join the Marines. According to John Pic, Marguerite and LEE were driven from New Orleans to Fort Worth by Robert Oswald, where they rented an apartment at 3830 W. 6th. Robert was then living a few miles away at 4936 Collinwood with HARVEY and the Marguerite Oswald impostor. Robert Oswald was well aware of both Oswald families. Marguerite Claverie Oswald and LEE's move from New Orleans to Fort Worth occurred in September, 1956. The Marguerite Oswald impostor had been living in Fort Worth since June, 1956. During her Warren Commission testimony the Marguerite Oswald impostor was confused as to when she moved from New Orleans to Fort Worth. Former CIA Director Allen Dulles knew the correct answer and said, "I think you moved to Fort Worth with LEE in September, 1956." Once again, it was former CIA Director Allen Dulles who provided the necessary information to create the Oswald family history.
Marguerite Claverie Oswald and LEE moved into an apartment at 3830 W. 6th in Fort Worth, a short distance from 4936 Collinwood where the "Marguerite Oswald impostor," HARVEY, and Robert Oswald were living. LEE joined the Marines a month after moving to Fort Worth (Oct. 1956) and visited his mother when on leave from the Marines at 3830 W. 6th. Marguerite obtained employment at Clyde Campbells Mens Store and later at Paul's Shoe Store (see photo below). Marguerite lived at 3830 W. 6th thru early 1958, and then re-located to New Orleans.
Paul's Shoe Store--Christmas 1957
In late 1958 Marguerite Claverie Oswald left Fort Worth and moved to New Orleans. At the same time the Marguerite Oswald impostor left New Orleans and moved to Fort Worth. These two women simply switched locations and switched identities. The Marguerite Oswald impostor was now the mother of Russian-speaking Lee HARVEY Oswald, who had switched identities with LEE Harvey Oswald and was now stationed at the Marine Corps facility in Santa Ana, CA.
A few years later, in the early 1960s, Marguerite Claverie Oswald was working at Kriegers Dept. Store and at Goldrings Dept Store. Mrs. Logan Magruder, who had known Marguerite since 1945, saw and talked with her at Kriegers Dept. Store in New Orleans. When interviewed by the FBI in 1964 she said, "it was about three years ago." Mrs. Oris Duane, who used to be Marguerite's supervisor at Jean's Hosiery shop in New Orleans, was interviewed by the FBI in 1964. She reported that "3 or 4 years ago" (circa 1960-1961) Marguerite stopped by Lady Oris Hosiery where Mrs. Duane was store manager. Marguerite told Mrs. Duane that she was working at Goldrings Dept Store selling dresses on the 2nd floor. These two women, long time friends of Marguerite Claverie Oswald, place the real Marguerite Claverie Oswald in New Orleans in the early 1960s. The New Orleans City directory does not list or show a Marguerite Oswald living in New Orleans during the early 1960s. So, where was Marguerite Claverie Oswald living? (Hint: check the 1956 New Orleans City Directory.)
Warren Commission staff attorney John Hart Ely's assignment was to gather background information on the Oswald family. He wrote, "My purpose was to obtain a chronology based on then existing data in our files of the background facts--life, school, places of residence, etc.--of Mrs. Oswald, her several marriages, her husbands and her three children and, in particular, Lee Harvey Oswald."
Ely soon realized the FBI was providing little information on Oswald and his family background. After reading a detailed description in LIFE Magazine of Oswald's life in Fort Worth he wrote a memo to his boss and said, "We're getting more information from Life Magazine than we are from the FBI." In another memo Ely wrote, "Once again let me urge that we should not have to rely upon Life Magazine for such a list. The FBI should undertake a systematic identification and interview of Oswald's closest school friends." Unfortunately, Ely never realized that the FBI's failure to provide accurate background information on Oswald and his family was intentional.
Staff attorney John Hart Ely was apparently never aware of the ongoing collusion between the FBI and the Warren Commission. Unknown to Ely was an agreement between the Commission and the FBI that allowed FBI agents and officials to review, and correct, transcripts of their testimony before the Commission. The "correcting" of FBI lab technician James Cadigan's testimony resulted in concealing the fact that Oswald's possessions were secretly sent to the FBI on November 23, 1963, without an inventory, and then returned to the Dallas Police after numerous items had been altered, modified, substituted, or added to the evidence. In addition to manipulating physical evidence, witness testimony, and FBI reports, the Bureau convinced the Warren Commission to accept photographs in lieu of physical evidence. This gave the FBI the opportunity to alter original evidence, such as HARVEY and LEE Oswald's school transcripts, employment records for HARVEY, LEE, and records relating to the two Marguerite Oswalds and then give the WC photographs of the altered documents.
Warren Commission co-counsel Burt W. Griffin said it best, "All of the records were in the hands of the two agencies [FBI and CIA] and, if they so desired, any information or files could have been destroyed or laundered prior to the time the Commission could get them."
Ely was forced to rely on carefully screened FBI evidence, photographs, and reports concerning the background of Marguerite and Lee Harvey Oswald. But Ely, on his own, interviewed people who knew and had personal contact with Oswald. He came close to realizing there were two "Lee Harvey Oswalds" after interviewing Marines who knew LEE Oswald at El Toro (while HARVEY was stationed at Santa Ana, CA). After interviewing Allen D. Graf, Ely wrote, "He (Graf) is equally clear that they were stationed together at El Toro and not at Santa Ana. They were, he says, stationed with Marine Wing Headquarters Group III, Airport Radar Team 1, and were not at the Lighter Than Air Station." Graf gave Ely the names of several Marines who he and Oswald had known and worked with, but many of the names were unfamiliar to Ely. Ely wrote, "Moreover, the names he (Graf) mentioned as having been in his unit are not those generally mentioned as having been in the unit after Oswald returned from Japan. Graf mentioned (John D) Castle, (Raymond W) Glidden, (James D) King, (Abraham) Rubenstein, Goutier, Herd, Maulden, and Sawchuk." Ely was confused by Graf's statements, and did not understand that Graf had served with LEE Oswald at El Toro, while at the same time HARVEY Oswald was stationed at Santa Ana. But if Ely had interviewed Major William P. Gorsky, Assistant Provost Marshal at MCAS, El Toro, CA, John Hart Ely would no longer be confused. Major Gorsky had records that showed LEE Harvey Oswald was discharged from the Marines at El Toro, CA in March, 1959. And Ely also had records that showed Lee HARVEY Oswald was discharged from the Marines at Santa Ana, CA in September, 1959. Ely had information at his fingertips that could have exposed the two Oswalds, but unfortunately he did not have enough information. Neither Ely, the Warren Commission, FBI, or the HSCA interviewed any of these Marines who served with LEE Oswald at the Marine jet base at El Toro. Their stories and memories of LEE Oswald remain unknown.
Ely did, however, manage to write a chronology of Oswald and his family background that alarmed the Warren Commission. On April 10, 1964 Senior Counsel Albert Jenner wrote a memorandum to General Counsel J. Lee Rankin which read in part: "Our depositions and examination of records and other data disclose that there are details in Mr. Ely's memoranda which will require material alteration and in some instances, omission." The advice of the Warren Commission's General Counsel was· clear--alter or omit certain background information on Oswald, his mother, and his family.
FBI official William Sullivan was well aware of the FBI's ability and willingness to withhold sensitive information. He told the HSCA, "When an enormous organization like the FBI with tremendous power can sit back and shuffle the deck of cards and pick up the card they want to show you it may be you're not going to get the entire picture as fully as you would otherwise." Sullivan knew the FBI was capable of withholding documents from the Warren Commission, documents which could prove there were two "Lee Harvey Oswalds." Now, let's imagine what could have happened if the FBI and Warren Commission had conducted a proper investigation....
- Imagine if the FBI had given the Warren Commission (WC) Oswald's Stripling JHS records from 1954 to compare with his Beauregard JHS file
- Imagine if the FBI had given the WC Oswald's unaltered NYC school file, to compare with his truancy and time spent at Youth House
- Imagine if the FBI had given the WC HARVEY Oswald and LEE Oswald's Beauregard School records to compare for the 8th grade in the Spring of 1954
- Imagine if the FBI had given the WC Tarrant County tax records which showed Marguerite Ekdahl's purchase of 101 San Saba on July 7, 1947
- Imagine if the FBI had given the WC rental records from 4936 Collinwood and 3830 W. 6th during 1956-58.
- Imagine if the WC had interviewed Palmer McBride, Walter Gehrke, members of the New Orleans Amateur Astronomy Association re: meeting Oswald in New Orleans in 1957-58.
- Imagine if the WC had supboened employment records of the Pfisterer Dental Lab which showed HARVEY Oswald's dates of employment in 1957-58.
- Imagine if the WC had brought the Marguerite Oswald impostor face to face with Edward John Pic (husband of Marguerite Claverie) during his WC testimony.
- Imagine if the WC had brought the Marguerite Oswald impostor face to face with Julian and Myrtle Evans during their WC testimony.
- Imagine if the WC had asked Robert Oswald where he was living, and who he was living with in 1956, when he drove his mother and brother from New Orleans to Fort Worth.
- Imagine if the WC had properly examined the Marine Corps Unit diaries (HARVEY in Taiwan) and LEE Oswald's numerous hospital visits in September, 1958.
- Imagine if the WC asked Ed Voebel about his friendship with HARVEY Oswald in the spring of 1954, and later with LEE Oswald in the 1954-55 school year.
- Imagine if the WC asked New Orleans Realty for the 1954-56 rental records for 126 Exchange Place, where both Oswald families had lived.
- Imagine if the WC questioned Mrs. Logan Magruder or Mrs. Oris Duane about their contact with Marguerite Oswald in 1960-61 in New Orleans.
- Imagine if the WC asked for the employment records of Marguerite Oswald, 1958-1963, from Kriegers, Holmes, and Goldrings Dept Stores in New Orleans.
- Imagine if the WC asked the Marguerite Oswald impostor about 2220 Thomas Place in 1947, 1954, and 1963.
- Imagine if the WC asked for records from the Hotel Senator (New Orleans) in 1957 and 1958 for "Marguerite Oswald."
- Imagine if the WC, or John Hart Ely, had seen the photograph of Marguerite Claverie Oswald at Paul's Shoe Store at Christmas, 1957.
- Imagine if the WC took testimony from Frank Kudlaty, Fran Schubert, Doug Gann, Jackie/Bobby Pitts regarding LHO at Stripling in 1954.
- Imagine if the WC, after hearing testimony from Robert Oswald that his brother attended Stripling JHS, they asked the FBI for those records.
- Imagine if the WC had requested payroll tax information from the State of Louisiana for Marguerite Oswald and Lee Harvey Oswald.
- Imagine if the WC asked the Texas Dept of Public Safety for a copy of LHO's drivers license.
- Imagine if the WC had reviewed HARVEY's medical records for Oct, 1958 at Santa Ana, CA, and reviewed LEE Oswald at Atsugi, Japan on November 2.
- Imagine if the WC had read the FBI interview of Major William P. Gorsky, Assistant Provost Marshal of MCAS, El Toro, and questioned him about Oswald's discharge from the Marine Corps at El Toro in March, 1959. How could Lee Harvey Oswald be discharged from the Marine Corp at El Toro, CA in March, 1959 and then be discharged from the Marine Corp at Santa Ana, CA in September, 1959? Only if there were two Lee Harvey Oswalds (click here to see a report of the FBI interview of Major Gorsky).
There are literally hundreds of productive leads the FBI and/or Warren Commission could have followed that would have exposed two "Marguerite Oswalds" and two "Lee Harvey Oswalds." With so many leads ignored, we have to wonder if the FBI and WC's failure to conduct a proper investigation was intentional. The majority of WC members were not convinced that Oswald acted alone in the assassination President Kennedy.
W.C. member Richard Russell said: "They [the FBI] have tried the case and reached a verdict on every count." Russell then wrote a letter of resignation from the Warren Commission to Lyndon Johnson, which the President refused to accept.
W.C. member Hale Boggs said, "We have not been told the truth about Oswald." Boggs and Alaska Senator Nick Begich vanished when their small plane disappeared in the Alaska wilderness during a routine flight from Anchorage to Juneau.
W.C. member John I. McCloy told the HSCA in 1978, "I no longer feel we had no credible evidence or reliable evidence in regard to a conspiracy...."
W.C. member Senator John Sherman Cooper never agreed with the "single bullet theory," and expressed doubts to fellow members.
The two W.C. Commission members who remained committed to the conclusions of the Warren Report were, not surprisingly, former CIA Director Allen Dulles (who attended more WC meetings than any other member), and Gerald Ford, a man described by Newsweek the "CIA's best friend in Congress."
After leaving office, the man who created the Warren Commission, President Lyndon Johnson, expressed doubts about the Commission's conclusion for the remainder of his life. On one occasion he told his aide, Marvin Watson, that he was convinced there was a plot in connection with the assassination and "felt the CIA had something to do with the plot."