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L.H. Oswald's Widow Depressed When Reminded of Lee's Death

Autographed letter signed on floral card stock, 4" x 5.75". Accompanied by the original mailing envelope postmarked "August 1980", and signed by Marina Porter "Marina Porter, Texas" Near fine with the envelope opened along the left edge. 

The letter is shown below:

"Dear Mr. Lawrence,

Black is beautiful in some things, but on the envelopes that you send for me to sign is is very depressing. Honestly - I did not know it, how to handle it. To put my name on it feels like being responsible for # death."

Marina was widowed at age 22, two days after the assassination when her husband was mortally wounded by Jack Ruby as Oswald was being transferred from the City Jail to the County Jail. After the assassination of Kennedy and the arrest of her husband, Marina was under Secret Service protection until she completed her testimony before the Warren Commission. She made a total of four appearances before the commission. Questions about her reliability as a witness were expressed within the commission, particularly in regard to her claims about an assassination attempt on General Edwin Walker, and her allegation that Lee Oswald had intended to assassinate Richard Nixon. In her testimony, she stated her belief that her husband was guilty, an opinion she reiterated in testimony before the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978. Two years after Oswald's death, she married Kenneth Jess Porter, with whom she had a son.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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