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Marina Oswald Porter

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Marina Oswald Porter
Марина Освальд Портер
Marina Oswald in Minsk
Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova

(1941-07-17) July 17, 1941 (age 82)
NationalityAmerican (formerly Soviet)
(m. 1961; died 1963)

Kenneth Jess Porter
(m. 1965)

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.[2] She married Oswald during his temporary defection to the Soviet Union and emigrated to the United States with him. After the assassination and Oswald's murder, she testified against Oswald during the Warren Commission hearings and remarried two years after.

Life[change | change source]

Marina and her then-husband Lee Harvey leaving Russia, 1962

She was born in Severodvinsk (formerly named Molotovsk), Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia on 17 July 1941.[3] She met Lee Harvey Oswald at a dance in March 1961 in Russia. They were married on April 30 1961.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] In 1965, she married Kenneth Jess Porter. They worked at eluding reporters, who had learned of the engagement, and travelled to Fate to be wed by a justice of the peace.[6] They had one son. In 1989, Porter became a naturalized citizen of the United States.[7] As of 2013, Marina lives in Rockwall, Texas, and generally avoids publicity.[8][9]

Aftermath of the shooting[change | change source]

Porter has said that she now believes that Lee Harvey Oswald was completely innocent of the deaths of Kennedy and Tippit.[10][11][12] In 1980 she was convinced by conspiracy buffs that the man in Harvey's grave was a Russian spy and not her husband.[10][13] She still lives with her second husband but in private and is afraid to go out in public.[14] She believes her phones are tapped by the Secret Service. Porter also believes the Secret Service want to kill her.[14]

Her later belief that Lee Harwey is in movie tapes taken during the assassination[change | change source]

She also expressed her belief that Oswald was the "prayer man", a man seen standing on the Depository front steps in films taken by Dave Wiegman of NBC-TV and Jimmy Darnell of WBAP-TV during the assassination, an unprompted Marina told Ed LeDoux that the “Prayer Man” was Lee.[15] Ed Ledoux rang Marina Oswald after Stan Dane had sent enlargements and a copy of his book Prayer Man: The Exoneration of Lee Harvey Oswald, in 2018. She volunteered “It’s Lee”. She was not prompted at all. She maintains her belief that Oswald was "prayer man".[16]

References[change | change source]

  1. Granberry, Michael (November 9, 2013). "As paparazzi stalk her, Kennedy assassin's widow lives quiet Dallas-area life". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  2. John R. Tunheim, Final Report of the Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board (Assassination Records Review Board, September 1998), p. 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. "Oswald widow made 'hectic' trip to Texoma to re-marry". www.kten.com. Retrieved 27 June 2023.
  7. Edward J. Gibbons, Seven Days in November 1963: The Kennedy Assassination (Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2013), p. 148
  8. Krystina Martinez, Rick Holter (20 November 2013). "Whatever Happened To Marina Oswald?". keranews.org. Retrieved 27 June 2023.
  9. https://nypost.com/2022/11/19/pal-reveals-lee-harvey-oswalds-weird-paranoid-life-pre-jfk-killing/
  10. 10.0 10.1 Gerald Posner, Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK (New York: Open Road Integrated Media, 2013), p. 345
  11. OSWALD’S WIDOW BELIEVES HE DIDN’T ACT ALONE, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 1988, https://www.deseret.com/1988/9/28/18779524/oswald-s-widow-believes-he-didn-t-act-alone Retrieved 27 June 2023
  12. MARINA: Oswald didn't kill ANYONE (film), Youtube.com
  13. "Marina Oswald Porter:The woman behind the exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald, October 5- UPI Archives". Upi.com. October 5, 1981. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  14. 14.0 14.1 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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  15. Prayer Man: The Exoneration of Lee Harvey Oswald By Stan Dane (2015), p. 101.
  16. JFK Assassination Ed Ledoux speaks with Marina Oswald, Youtube.com

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