Marina Oswald, born Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova, is best known for being the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Marina was born on July 17, 1941 in Western Russia and met Oswald, a former U.S. Marine at a dance on March 17, 1961. A year later they had a daughter together and moved to Dallas, Texas.
In 1963 it is said that Oswald bought a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver and then two months later in March, a Carcano rifle. Marina told the Warren Commission that she took photographs of Lee, in black, holding his weapons along with an issue of The Militant newspaper. One of these photos was given to George De Mohrenschildt, a petroleum geologist and friend of the Oswalds, and has a quote in Marina’s handwriting on the back in Russian. Translated, it reads “Hunter of Fascists, Ha-Ha-Ha!!!”
In April of 1963, Marina, pregnant with their second child, left Oswald and moved in with a friend, taking their daughter with her.
Lee found work at the Texas School Book Depository in October. His and Marina’s daughter, Audrey Marina Rachel Oswald, was born that same month. On weekends, Oswald stayed with Marina at her friend’s house. This arrangement continued until President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22.
According to a fellow TSBD employee, Buell Wesley Frazier, Oswald was attempting to reconcile an argument he had with Marina the night of November 21, but proved was unsuccessful. The next morning when Frazier gave him a ride to work, Oswald left behind his wedding ring and some money, and carried with him a package that he claimed contained the curtain rods.
Marina heard of the assassination within minutes of the event due to the mass media coverage. That afternoon, Dallas Police Department detectives arrived at the home where she and her children were staying, and asked if Lee owned a rifle. Marina showed them to the garage, where Lee stored his rifle rolled up in a blanket. No rifle was found. Marina was subsequently questioned at that location and later at Dallas PD headquarters.
Under Secret Service protection, Marina was questioned four times before the Warren Commission, during which she implicated Oswald, saying he was guilty of shooting John F. Kennedy. Her reliability was questioned, however, when she also spoke of an assassination attempt on General Edwin Walker, and an allegation that Oswald had intended to assassinate Richard Nixon. Marina also reiterated in testimony against Oswald in 1978 before the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Both times she used a Russian translator.
In 1965 Marina married Kenneth Jess Porter and had two sons. In 1989, Marina became a naturalized United States citizen. She has lived in Rockwall, Texas since the mid-1970s.
In a historic interview with Oprah Winfrey in November of 1996, Marina altered her story, saying “everything good that I learned about John Kennedy came first from Lee and only through him. So, I can swear in front of everybody that Lee Harvey Oswald did not hate President Kennedy – never did.”
When Oprah asked Marina if she believed that her husband killed President Kennedy at the time, Marina said, “I don’t want to believe it but I have too much facts, and facts tell me that, uh, Lee shot Kennedy.”
She went on to say that Oswald was physically abusive of her. But, to the surprise of everyone, then added, “…a different kind of picture of Lee in the public’s eye appears, as the most hated man, a man who committed a horrible crime of the century, but at the same time as people learn to hate him more I discovered a different Lee that I did not know. I did not know about his childhood and his true underlying character whatever it was. That’s the role he played. But that doesn’t make him better. But guilty of the crime against Kennedy? He is not.”
Oprah: “You do not believe your husband killed John F. Kennedy?”
Marina: “No.” She continued by saying that after twenty years she has come to the educated conclusion that he had “absolutely nothing” to do with it and that “the Warren Commission lied.”
Today, according to the Inquisitr, on the the 50th anniversary of the assassination, Marina still stands by Oswald’s innocence.
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