The Oswalds: An Untold Account of Marina and Lee

The Oswalds: An Untold Account of Marina and Lee

by Paul R. Gregory
The Oswalds: An Untold Account of Marina and Lee

The Oswalds: An Untold Account of Marina and Lee

by Paul R. Gregory


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The closest friend of Lee Harvey Oswald and his Soviet wife Marina upon the couple’s arrival in Texas breaks a sixty-year silence with a riveting story of his time with JFK’s assassin and his candid assessment of the murder that marked a turning point in our country’s history.

Merely two hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, television cameras captured police escorting a suspect into Dallas police headquarters. Meanwhile at the Universityof Oklahoma, watching the coverage in the student center, Paul Gregory scanned the figure in dark trousers and a white, V-neck tee shirt and saw the bruised and battered face of Lee Harvey Oswald. Shocked, Gregory said, “I know that man.” In fact, he knew Oswald and his wife Marina better than almost anyone in America.

After sixty years, Paul Gregory finally tells everything he knows about the Oswalds and how he watched the soul of a killer take shape.

 Identified by the FBI as a “known associate of LHO,” Gregory soon faced interrogations by the Secret Service. Later he would testify before the Warren Commission. Here, in The Oswalds, he offers the intimate details of his time spent with Lee and wife Marina in their run-down duplex on Mercedes Street in Fort Worth, Texas, and his admission into the inner world of a young marriage before candidly assessing the murder that marked a turning point in our country’s history. His riveting recollection includes memories both casual and deadly serious, such as the dinner at his parents’ house introducing Marina to the “Dallas Russians,” a front-yard incident of spousal abuse, and a further rift in the marriage when he exposed to Marina that Oswald was not the dashing, radical intellectual whose Historic Diary would be a publishing sensation. And Gregory also gives a fascinating account of his father’s role as an eyewitness to history, serving as Marina’s translator and confidante in the first four days after the assassination.

As a scholar and skilled researcher, Gregory debunks the vast array of assassination conspiracy theories by demonstrating that Lee Harvey Oswald did it and did it alone—that the Oswald he once called a friend had the motive, the intelligence, and the means to commit one of the most shocking crimes in American history.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635768213
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 11/15/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 154,202
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Paul Gregory is a Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a pioneer in the study of Soviet and Russian economics. A student of the fabled Harvard Russian Research Center, he received his PhD from Harvard in 1969. His textbook on the Russian economy was used to teach more than two generations of students. In addition to his scholarly work, he has been an active blogger on Russian affairs for ForbesThe Hill, and other media platforms. He lives in Palo Alto, California. 

Table of Contents

Part I The Assassination

1 I Know That Guy 3

2 My Turn for Questioning 15

3 Lee Is Dead 28

4 Moscow Panics 32

Part II Oswald in a Worker's Paradise

5 A Suicide Attempt 39

6 Seeking a Wife 45

7 Three Years Behind the Iron Curtain 57

Part III The Gregory Connection

8 Oswald Returns 67

9 Seeking Pete 69

10 "Paul, Meet Lee and Marina Oswald" 74

11 My Russian Tutor 79

12 Lee Lurks 83

13 Hanging Out 93

14 The "Dallas Russians" 104

15 Abuse 109

16 Disagreements on Cuba 112

17 Under Surveillance 117

18 From Friends in Minsk 121

19 A Would-Be Pharmacist 125

20 Dinner with Russians 128

21 "Capitalism-All for the Rich!" 135

22 A $35 Paycheck 138

Part IV Lee Wreaks Havoc

23 As the Good Samaritans Look On 145

24 My Mistake 149

25 "Outing" Lee 153

26 Shooting General Walker 158

27 The Persecuted Radical 164

28 A Visit to Dealey Plaza for Myself 172

Part V Eyewitness to History

29 Pete Gets the News 177

30 The Oswald Women 179

31 "Marina, Get a Hold on Yourself" 184

32 A Wary Marina 191

33 Where Is the Money for Little Me? 197

34 The FBI and Secret Service Clash 201

35 Marguerite's Bayonet 209

36 Wiretaps and Winding Down 214

37 Defending "the Boy" 217

38 The Gregorys' Christmas 226

Part VI Lone Assassin?

39 Did Oswald Act Alone? 231

40 Oswald's Motive 238

41 Intelligence and Means? 244

42 Soul of a Killer 249

43 Why JFK? 252

Epilogue 255

Acknowledgments 259

Sources 261

Index 279

About the Author 287

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