Marina Oswald Porter

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Marina Nikolayevna Oswald Porter (July 17, 1941) is the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald. According to the Warren Commission he was the sole assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.[1]

Life[change | change source]

She was born in Severodvinsk (formerly named Molotovsk), Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia on 17 July 1941.[2] She met Lee Harvey Oswald at a dance in March 1961 in Russia. They were married on April 30 1961.[2] Their daughter, June Lee, was born on February 15, 1962. Later that year the Oswalds moved from Russia to the United States. In Dallas, Marina gave birth to a second daughter, Audrey Marina Rachel Oswald. After the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, Oswald was arrested. Two days later Oswald was shot and killed by nightclub owner Jack Ruby while still in police custody.[3] Porter was under Secret Service protection until she finished giving testimony before the Warren Commission. She told the commission she believed husband was guilty of shooting President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.[4] In 1965, she married Kenneth Jess Porter. They had two sons. In 1989, Porter became a naturalized citizen of the United States.[5]

Aftermath of the shooting[change | change source]

Porter has said that she now believes that Lee Harvey Oswald was completely innocent regarding the assassination of Kennedy.[6] In 1980 she was convinced by conspiracy buffs that the man in Harvey's grave was a Russian spy and not her husband.[6] She still lives with her second husband but in private and is afraid to go out in public.[7] She believes her phones are tapped by the Secret Service. Porter also believes the Secret Service want to kill her.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. John R. Tunheim, Final Report of the Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board (Assassination Records Review Board, September 1998), p. 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964), pp. 702–704
  3. Gladwin Hill (24 November 1963). "President's Assassin Shot To Death In Jail Corridor By A Dallas Citizen; Grieving Throngs View Kennedy Bier". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  4. Joe Kemp (2 November 2013). "Lee Harvey Oswald widow convinced late husband did not kill President John F. Kennedy: report". Daily News. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  5. Edward J. Gibbons, Seven Days in November 1963: The Kennedy Assassination (Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2013), p. 148
  6. 6.0 6.1 Gerald Posner, Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK (New York: Open Road Integrated Media, 2013), p. 345
  7. 7.0 7.1 Lizzie Parry; Damien Gayle (2 November 2013). "Pictured for the first time in 25 years: The reclusive widow of Lee Harvey Oswald who 'lives in fear of being killed by the Secret Service' and has turned down $3m to talk about the JFK assassination ahead of the 50-year anniversary". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 November 2015.

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