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Lee Harvey Oswald ALS to His Mother "I want to know what was said about me…", Warren Commission Evidence

2pp of a bifolium, measuring 5.5" x 8", [Minsk], dated February 9, 1962. A superb letter from future assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, addressed to his mother. Oswald, signing his letter "Lee", writes about the impending birth of his daughter and his desire to leave the Soviet Union. The letter, which has numerous spelling and grammatical errors, reads in full:

"Well it won't be long now until the baby is born and until we shall be seeing you, in the meantime you can do two things for me; file an affidavit of support on behave of Marina (this has to be done in the U.S.A.) it’s a technical point regarding U.S. permission to enter the United States and can be done at the Offices of Emigration and naturalization. Also you can see about sending me some clipping or columns from the Ft. Worth papers for the month of Nov. 1959. I want to know what was said about me in the Ft. Worth newspapers so I can be forwarded. If you don’t have clipping yourself, you can always get back issues of newspapers by applying at their offices or the public library. I received your package of newspapers and magazines, thanks!! Cutting those editorials was also good thinking on your part. It gave me a lot of news. I suppose it is almost spring in Vernon by now, huh? What is the latest news in Vernon? Please write soon, we are getting your letters and so we always wait for more ha-ha. When you write please write Minsk 29 (zone). This helps me get your letters quicker. Love from us both."

The letter has been encased in acetate, by all accounts, done by his mother Magritte to preserve the letter and to ensure that it was not tampered with by the Warren Commission. A typed label from the Warren Commission, No. 193, is adhered at upper left. With light edge toning. Boldly signed by Oswald.
From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

Lee Harvey Oswald wrote this letter to his mother Marguerite Oswald in the spring of 1962, just six days before the birth of his daughter, June. Oswald was seeking to re-enter the United States after having moved to the Soviet Union two and a half years earlier. As a self-professed communist, he had defected from the U.S., and was discharged from the military reserve as an "undesirable". The news had made front page news of some papers in late October 1959, and it is likely that Oswald wanted to get copies to immortalize his fame. He also believed that his return to the United States would be headline news, but he was sorely disappointed when very few media outlets wrote about his arrival. This letter was among the wealth of evidence examined by the Warren Commission following John F. Kennedy's assassination to disprove any involvement by the Soviet Union in the president's death.

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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