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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, it's making sense...December 12, 2010
This review is from: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Hardcover)
From the moment I saw LHO get shot in the stomach (I was in grade-school), I felt sort of sorry for him. I suspected we were being fed a "line" from the beginning. I mean the President of the U.S. was publicly murdered shortly after lunch and it was all wrapped up before dinner? They wasted a lot of breath rebuking his decision to ride without a bubble top. But he was right--you can't hide all the time, and if they were determined enough, they'd get him anyway.

I can still remember them showing us all the photos and the story-line of Oswald's defection to Soviet Russia and return to the U.S. (at the height of the Cold War yet.) My brother, only 14, said something to effect that there was something weird going on, and we were not getting the true story. Little did he know. Even my old grandmother thought Jack Ruby's demise by cancer three years later was a murder by people who wanted to keep him quiet forever. For crying out loud, NOBODY with any sense has EVER believed the government-msm approved conspiracy theory.

So, as someone has already said, we finally get to meet the man about whom we have heard so much. I have done a lot reading on the assassination, but when Judith gave her testimony on the 2003 History Channel documentary (never repeated, btw) I was stunned -- LHO, a sensitive, intelligent, romantic person; and not guilty. Well, I'd already decided the latter anyway, but the former qualities were still a surprise.
Judith's life would make quite a story even if she'd not bent over mice cages with some of science and politics biggest players. As others have noted, this book is very (Vary) well documented, lots of photos you've never seen before.
I was waiting a long time for someone to come forward and fill in the blanks. So it has happened.
One more thing. She is sure Lee did not shoot anyone on Nov. 22. According to Oliver Stone, in JFK, he was buying a coke from a vending machine at the time.

George Noory, host of a radio show, "Coast to Coast" has always been interested in the JFK assassination. On one program a few years ago (maybe 2006), an elderly woman called in to say she had been sitting in the parking lot of the Book Depository at the time of the assassination, and a man with a rifle came running out into the parking lot and drove off in a truck or car that had been waiting. She remembers his looks and he WAS NOT LHO. She kept quiet because she was afraid, although I think she volunteered information during the "investigation" and realized she, not the suspect whoever he was, was the one in danger. Now that she was old, and it was 40 some years later, she didn't care anymore about her safety. George Noory asked her to email him and said he would follow up. I don't know what happened.

I thought of that elderly lady's words when I read about Lee H. Oswald realizing by Oct. '63, that he was probably being set up. Yet he went forward, as if in a trance.
Thank God for Judith Vary Baker. Not only does she have a fascinating story, she has a crucially important story and tells it very, very well.

5.0 out of 5 stars Why Lee Oswald had to dieNovember 30, 2010
Phillip M. Rose (Wellington, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Hardcover)
"Me and Lee" is the long-awaited follow-up to Ed Haslam's Dr. Mary's Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, ... Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics. In brief, I found that "Me and Lee" supports the facts we already know about Lee Oswald and his time in New Orleans during the summer of 1963, and may help to explain some incidents about which researchers do not agree, or about which there is not enough information to reach a solid conclusion. Ms. Baker's personal story is nothing short of fascinating.

"Me & Lee" confirms all the generally accepted basic elements of Oswald in New Orleans. Working basically a cover job at Reily Coffee Company, he presented himself publicly as a Communist and Castro sympathizer while actually working in league with anti-Castro private detective (and apparent government agent) Guy Bannister. He had affiliations with organized crime personalities in New Orleans. It was already known that Oswald knew David Ferrie, but "Me & Lee" has Lee and Judyth spending a lot of time with Ferrie, including meetings with "Sparky Rubenstein", a.k.a. Jack Ruby.

Oswald's trip to Mexico City ranks high on the list of incidents about which there is disagreement among researchers. Some think he didn't actually go to Mexico City given that there is no available surveillance photo of Oswald, and that Oswald was apparently poorly impersonated in Mexico City by at least one person who did not resemble him at all. The historical record is confusing and contradictory on this episode. "Me & Lee" has Oswald going to Mexico City and explains why the first part of a supposed bus trip is undocumented, why no photos exist in the available record, and provides the supposedly true motivation for Oswald's trip to Mexico City.

"Me & Lee" has Oswald taking the bioweapon to Mexico City in an attempt to smuggle it into Cuba where it could be used to assassinate Castro. When the courier failed to appear in Mexico City Oswald considered transporting the weapon into Cuba himself, which explains why he wanted to travel to Cuba at the last minute. For me, the story runs off the rails here, but that doesn't mean it isn't true. The story fits right in with some of the other ludicrous (but now officially admitted) tales of Castro assassination plots. I found it hard to believe that Oswald's handlers considered the trip as a serious errand. I think the Mexico City trip was more likely just another chapter in the sheepdipping of Oswald as a Castro sympathizer. The logistics of implementing the plot, including somehow injecting Castro with the bioweapon, seem impossible. I wonder if this wasn't just another of the cartoonish assassination plots that were supposedly intended to eliminate Fidel Castro, who is still alive as I write this in November of 2010. I've always thought the stories about the exploding cigars, etc., were meant to appease anti-Castro Cuban immigrants, and were not actual assassination plots.

The bioweapon itself was apparently only too real. "Me & Lee" makes a good case for it being the cause of Jack Ruby's fast acting cancer that conveniently killed him shortly after his illness was discovered.

Ms. Baker is obviously an extraordinary person with great talents and a prodigious memory. She was practically a child prodigy in an unusual field, cancer research. She was selected to assist in cancer research that would soon lead to the development of a bioweapon, something she rebelled against in the end. She was selected as a participant in the research and development project partly for her talent and ability, but probably also because she was young, relatively unknown, and supposedly malleable. While we must take it on faith that she recalled conversations in such great detail, her story does not conflict with what is already known about Oswald. Ms. Baker might be indelicately described as a pack rat. She saved newspaper articles, letters, pay slips, bank statements, sketches and other memorabilia that most people would have lost along life's way. These items prove that the basic outline of her story is true. "Dr. Mary's Monkey" proves that the bioweapon was at least under development. As for the love story in "Me & Lee", that is for the reader to decide, but for me it rang true.

I congratulate Ms. Baker and Trine Day for the excellent presentation of "Me & Lee", though there were some glitches, mainly with footnotes, that should be fixed before a second printing. The aptly placed photos, biographic side bars, maps and other graphics helped to make the book come alive. It may take some time for this book to be truly appreciated, but I think it will be recognized as an important addition to JFK assassination research literature. I was pleased to see Jim Marrs and James Fetzer endorse "Me & Lee", but I suspect most researchers who have already staked out their positions on Oswald in Mexico and on Ms. Baker will probably just ignore this book.

I don't mean to force a comparison, but just as Jim Douglass's wonderful JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters explains why JFK had to die, "Me & Lee" describes in great detail why Lee Oswald was also marked out for assassination. Just after finishing this book I saw a film clip of Jack Ruby expressing remorse for having killed Oswald. Ruby lied about not knowing Oswald, but his remorse appeared genuine, reminding me of passages in "Me & Lee" where Judyth, Lee and "Sparky" Rubenstein spent time together.

In case you couldn't tell already, I highly recommend this book! 

5.0 out of 5 stars Me & Lee: How I came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald: A ReviewNovember 11, 2010
This review is from: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Hardcover)
To say that Me & Lee by Judyth Vary Baker (JVB) is a remarkable book would be an understatement. It is unique. The first five chapters are autobiographical about JVB up to the day she went to New Orleans to pursue her dream of finding a cure for cancer. The next twenty chapters, the raison d'etre for the book, addresses her New Orleans experience and what would become a life changing experience with Lee Harvey Oswald, from April 26, 1963, the day she accidentally met Oswald in a line at the post office, to November 24, 1963, the day Oswald was murdered in the basement of the Dallas Police Station. The final chapter addresses her life from Oswald's death to the present...I recommend Me & Lee to any open minded reader. 

5.0 out of 5 stars A Crucial Piece of Living HistoryNovember 10, 2010
This review is from: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Hardcover)
This book is truly a remarkable piece of prose, as it could be properly described as autobiographical, historical, suspenseful, informative, and insightful, all at the same time. Never have I read a book that serves to inform me about so many topics (medical research, political intrigue, local culture) while simultaneously engaging my heart at such a personal level. Somehow, the author has managed to recount her story with passion while also maintaining meticulous attention to factual detail. She introduces the reader to the unlikely bedfellows of cancer research and clandestine political collaboration. She explains how she became involved in a cancer research project that had repercussions on multiple fronts and at several levels. Were this "story" not substantiated by an abundance of verifiable factual detail and a vast appendix of documentation as evidence, I would marvel at the author's capacity to invent such an airtight plot for an amazing historical novel replete with mystery and romance. However, I am instead convinced that this well-documented book presents the truth about Lee Harvey Oswald and his attempt to abort the Kennedy assassination. It demonstrates how the CIA, FBI, the Mafia, a pharmaceutical company, and the cancer research community were linked in a plot to eliminate Fidel Castro by arranging for him to be injected with a cancer-causing virus. This book pairs political intrigue and suspense with the heartfelt passions of real people who were serious about serving their country well. Judyth's love affair with Lee Harvey Oswald was indeed not merely a youthful dalliance; the depth of that ill-fated relationship fueled her determination to guard the truth for all these years and eventually pen this book. She has succeeded masterfully in exonerating Lee Harvey Oswald's name and in exposing the truth about the politically incestuous climate of New Orleans in the early 1960s. This book is not only worth reading, but also VITAL to understanding the truth about the Kennedy assassination.

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a labor of loveNovember 6, 2010
This review is from: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Hardcover)
It is abundantly clear that "Me and Lee" is the product of a brilliant woman who wants very much to shine the light of day on the life and death of a man whom she grew to love very deeply . Lee Harvey Oswald was clearly a patsy and not at all what we have all been erroneously led to believe by our own media/govt. There are just too many details/vivid memories/corroborations in this book for it to be anything but a glaringly truthful labor of love, meant to vindicate a man who young Judyth came to know intimately. I found the book to be fascinating on many levels.... political, medical, historical. But perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this book is the compelling personal story of two young people caught up in events which would change history, and in Judyth's case, the course of her entire future . If anyone is still under the mistaken assumption that our media or our government can be trusted, this heartwrenchingly truthful account of the life and death of LHO will forever put that unfounded trust to rest. I recommend this book for all history/politics buffs , as well as those who are open minded enough to learn the unvarnished truth. Kudos to you, Judyth Vary Baker for having the courage of your convictions, and an undying love for someone who has been much maligned and misunderstood, thanks to our govt. propaganda machine.

5.0 out of 5 stars ME AND LEENovember 4, 2010
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting First-Person Account of the JFK AssassinationOctober 30, 2010
This review is from: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Hardcover)
This is a truly unique book on the JFK assassination: it paints a vivid, convincing portrait of some of the individuals that we've read about in other JFK assassination books (such as Guy Banister, David Lewis, Dave Ferrie, and of course most of all Lee Oswald); it's a highly emotional read - more emotionally devastating than even Douglass' "JFK and the Unspeakable"; and most importantly it fills-in and clarifies areas which were previously obscure. Judyth Vary Baker also doesn't appear to hold anything back - she names names where appropriate and when she's able to. Some will complain that it's poorly written (which it is not, on the whole) or poorly edited (at times, this is true). The fact remains that putting this book together was a huge project, and one likely accomplished by just a handful of people. I especially liked all the photos; and the footnotes also contain a lot of highly relevant information. Finally, there are those that will say that Judyth's whole story is a fabrication...very little in this book actually happened. Well, all I can say is that the people who say this haven't read Me and Lee closely, in an unbiased fashion. Judyth, for example, surely did work at Reilly's Coffee the same time that Lee did. Me and Lee is an absolutely heart-wrenching story. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Ms. Judyth Vary Baker. PS: You can see Judyth in the 8th installment of the video series called "The Men Who Killed JFK: The Love Affair;" all 46 minutes is devoted to her own story.

5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for anyone seeking truthOctober 22, 2010
Tom Jeffers (Terre Haute, IN) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Hardcover)
Whether you are an experienced assassination buff or just a beginner and want to start to delve into the mysteries of that fatefull day, then this is the book for you. It gives you ample background information on key players and slowly brings them into light. As an experienced investigator, I found it gave me greater insight in each of the players involved. I never knew until I read this book why Oswald never wanted to be seen driving a car. I have investigated this event for over 30 years and am impressed with Judith's background materials and tid bits that she has saved all these years. I have followed Judiths story for sometime and she has been improperly critisized because she doesn't have a picture of them together. I lived with a girl for over 2 years in the mid 70's and none of my friends nor I have any pictures of us together. All I have are my memories. I hope this book redeems Oswalds status as a patriotic american patsy and puts to rest the cover story that was laid out before our eyes 47 years ago.

5.0 out of 5 stars Ten StarsOctober 20, 2010
This review is from: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Hardcover)
This is an awesom presentation.
Although Judyth and Lee's affaire and adventures in New Orleans are very realistic to me having been the same age myself in 1963.The real story is one of medical espionage that was going on then and there that Judyth and Lee were involved with.

This book, Me & Lee takes on a much greater meaning for me when comparing it with Dr. Mary's Monkey by author and researcher Ed Haslam.

Both these books are spellbinding and at the same time, scares the crap out of you when you see what was going on behind our backs, and most likely still going on today.

The assassination of JFK is just the tip of the iceberg. Judyth Bakers revelations prove beyond a doubt the Lee Harvey Oswald truely was not an assassin and shows Oswalds human side that is lacking in other reports.

After reading these books you will think twice before getting a flu shot or vaccination.

Thanks to Ms. Baker for her attention to details, record keeping, and her great memory.

The truth about Lee H. Oswald has finally been told.

Read these books and you will not look at the world the same way ever again.

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!October 16, 2010
This review is from: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Hardcover)
An outstanding follow-up to Dr. Mary's Monkey!

Stunning in detail, and gripping in it's narrative, Me & Lee is a must-have for all who seek Truth in our history!

This rivals both James Douglass' book "JFK and the Unspeakable" and "Dr. Mary's Monkey" in it's revelatory nature.
Exhaustively footnoted and brilliant in it's clarity, the reader is hard-pressed to challenge it's contents.

A love story, Judyth's tract simultaneously exposes the deep roots of corruption that surrounded the JFK assassination. Consequently it speaks volumes about our shared predicament in this country right now. The tentacles of this beast have not been cut off, and the dark truth portends trouble for us all.

Regardless of whether you're skeptical of the official story or not, it reads as an extremely engaging love story dripping with intrigue, passion and mystery. The tale it tells cannot be ignored! It demands your attention and the reader is absorbed in it's depth!


BUY THIS BOOK!!!! This author deserves it for shining a bright light on Lee Harvey Oswald and his innocence!

Bless you J! 

5.0 out of 5 stars Judyth Brings Out More Than The In's Of An AssassinationOctober 14, 2010
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Most of the world has an opinion of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald. It can be 'lone nut' to 'mal-content' which the hierarchy and structure of mediadum has portrayed most of the regular folk out there that believe that there was some sort of conspiracy, but don't know how to put a finger on it. Could it be two, a few, or is it more wide than we think? What is missing in most research beyond the Dealey Plaza evidence is who is the 'lone assassin' and what was his role?

Now WE CAN KNOW!! Judyth tells a tale that can be read as a great fiction book to things we wished we could have known in detail about how probably the assassination of JFK went down, and putting a real personality to the lead suspect in the case. You have two people crazy about each other after this strange meeting at a Post Office, and there is quite a view into regular folk who happen to be on the fringes of society. Judyth a science marvel who is has destined herself into the cancer research, and one LHO who is dedicated for patriotic causes through ambition to be a clever spy, which he is carrying out from early childhood TV ideals.

The only question that Judyth raises and does NOT answer in this tale of high profile folk from Mafia/FBI/CIA folk that have influenced LHO from early on is, why did one LHO stand in line in back of her that resulted in this maze of influence to get into this labyrinth of wild research that was opposite of Judyth's original intentions, that being from curing cancer, to creating a cocktail that with the right avenues into Cuba would have been the demise of Fidel Castro? Judyth, was it just the luck of the natural flow of events, or was there a conspiracy of recruitment? With this scenario unfolding, it will now be for the novice to seasoned researchers a springboard into why certain people were in such a such a place, and why their actions now seem to be so clear for all this Castro to JFK hotbed of politcal intrigue that had America so up in arms during this 1963 period.

The tale in the end is sad because the truth of it hurts. People that have high influence will do dastardly things to accomplish selfish goals. Some will say that's politics. Judyth will say, that's why she is in exile in a foreign land getting a book out. I say, it's why we never will be happy as an earthly citizenship until that is erradicated. Judyth's passion and LHO's 'newly found' passion wanted that done. Judyth wants vindication. She got if from this reader, even though my firm belief in God's kingdom (Daniel 2:44)being the only source of hope for this planet, is still well-grounded for the only reasonable hope for this moral accomplishment that Judyth and LHO were striving for.


5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended book.October 10, 2010
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After reading Me & lee there will no questions in your mind who Oswald was, what he did and didn't do. History books have assassinated Oswald's character as being a demented lone nut who killed a president and a policemen. Nothing can be further from the truth as Judyth shows. Oswald was the opposite of what he has been portrayed. This is the story of a young student living in New Orleans in the 1960's caught up in a web of deceit cover ups and intrigue and how she meet the alleged assassin of JFK. A powerfully written and fascinating highly recommended book. I knew all along Oswald had nothing to do with the assassination this story only confirmed my findings.

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the government's lies any longer!!October 5, 2010
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I read Dr. Mary's Monkey this spring and was instantly inspired to purchase this book to read Ms. Baker's story. I received this book yesterday and have flown through it. It is tough to put down!! Her time and experience in New Orleans is so amazing that you'll find your jaw dropping repeatedly as you sift through detail after detail of what transpired in New Orleans in the early 1960's. Truly unbelievable!!

Never again will you take at face value the media reports force-fed to us after a national disaster. I was always skeptical at how our media and government "knew" so much about Oswald supposedly killing JFK so quickly after it happened. The details just flowed too quickly and scripted. Kind of reminds me now about how our media and government "seemed" to know who performed the acts of 9/11 instantly after they transpired. Very strange!! History does truly repeat itself.

5.0 out of 5 stars Baker's Story Is Imperfect Enough to Be TrueOctober 5, 2010
Dean T. Hartwell (Glendale, CA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Hardcover)
Me and Lee tells us a story of a man we have all heard about. But we finally get to meet him.
Judyth Vary Baker recalls her relationship with Lee Harvey Oswald from the time they met in New Orleans in the spring of 1963 until their last phone conversation just two days before events in Dallas identified him to the public.

She introduces him as a "good man" and a "patriot." He helped her get a job, he revealed his secret life as a government agent concerned about protecting President Kennedy and consoled her over the turmoil in her life - a bad marriage, a new city to live in and an unknown future.

This refreshing, new look at Oswald will challenge preconceptions many people have had about him. Many will be willing to at least give her story a chance. And that is all that Baker asks for, as she states in the books final line, "I leave my testimony in your hands."

Those who wish to dismiss what she says will have to contend with several factors, among them: Baker's candor, her depth of detail and verification of much of the story...


4.0 out of 5 stars The Summer of '63 Ends with the Tears of AutumnOctober 19, 2010
...If the author's facts are true, the Warren Report must have been based on falsified evidence, inept or non-existent investigation, and the clever omission and distortion of reality. Did all-powerful parties create a patchwork, cartoon-like picture of Oswald as the "lone nut" by forcing ill-fitting historical puzzle pieces into their positions and selling this as the "truth" to the American people? If so, the real truth was buried, the 4th estate was bound and gagged, and Americans now carry the psychological burden of knowing their political "parents" in Washington D.C. are at the very least hypocrites and at worst murderers. 

5.0 out of 5 stars The end of fairy talesJanuary 1, 2011
Daniel T. Davis "danwyo" (Casper, WY United States) - See all my reviews
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This book will help you to understand how the secret government perverts the truth and it will help you to understand that "they" are ingeniously presenting us with a very convincing fairy tail world.

Jim Garrison said that Oswald should be known as a hero. In fact, he saved Kennedy's life at least once and maybe 3 times. He was a true patriot who worked for the CIA. He was a self educated genius who just wanted to use his talents to help out his country. But just me saying this won't mean much to you, and this is not the part that is important. It's the way "they" totally pervert the truth that is most important and to get a grasp of that, you have to read the book. 

5.0 out of 5 stars The secrets of Lee Harvey OswaldDecember 27, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fascinating story of a young woaman whose summer job as a lab researcher into the causes of cancer that involved experiments with mice brought her into contact with some mysterious characters, including Oswald. I never found any details that indicated she wss inventing this amazing tale...and yet it is so hard to believe that such things were happening in that turbulent period.
I highly recommend this book. Read it and find out just what was apparently going on In New Orleans in the early 1960's...

5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Scarlet Pimpernel as related by Judyth Vary Baker?December 26, 2010
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I recommend this book as long as the reader takes into consideration Ms. Baker's innocent and romanticized personality at the time of the events described in the book. Her narrative is colored here and there with this naivety and, personally, for me to get a fair reading I found it necessary to take that into account. When I did discriminate in that fashion, I came to the realization toward the end of the book that Ms. Baker herself could very well have been a part of one of Lee's elaborate masquerades all along. Also strongly recommended is to read ALL of the footnotes as they clear up questions and tie up some loose ends. 


5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, compelling, and convincing (about the real Lee)October 20, 2010
This review is from: Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Hardcover)
As it happens, I have been privileged to know Judyth Vary Baker for several years now. I have interviewed her at least fifteen times on YouTube and featured her in blogs (which are archived at JamesFetzerNews and [...]). I also initiated a thread about her on The Education Forum, which had thousands of posts and became the longest thread in the history of the forum. I am convinced that she is "the real deal", which is also the name of my radio show, which is archived at [...]. But all fifteen can be found at [...].

I have done extensive research on the death of JFK, including editing ASSASSINATION SCIENCE (1998), MURDER IN DEALEY PLAZA (2000), and THE GREAT ZAPRUDER HOAX (2003). My recent publications on JFK include "JFK and RFK: The Plots that Killed Them, The Patsies that Didn't", "The Dartmouth JFK-Photo Fiasco" with Jim Marrs, and "RFK: Outing the CIA at the Ambassador", which has just appeared. (Just google "John F. Kennedy: History, Memory, Legacy", and download Chapter 30, "Revisiting Dealey Plaza: What Happened to JFK?" for an overview.) I am familiar with the twists and turns of assassination research and of the extent of the effort to keep Judyth's story from the American public, which have even forced her to live in exile.

In my opinion, there are three major reasons for these attempts to silence her. The first is that she humanizes the alleged assassin, which makes it more difficult for the government to continue with its charade that he was "a lone, demented gunman". The second is that it exposes methods and techniques employed by the agency to keep its covert activities in the background and away from public scrutiny. The third is that she exposes research to develop a bio-weapon to murder Fidel Castro and make it appear to have been due to "natural causes" under the direction of Alton Ochsner, M.D., Dr. Mary Sherman, David Ferrie, Lee Oswald, and herself. Lee was working for the very agencies that would ultimately frame him.

This is a gripping and absolutely compelling story told with emotional intensity and stunning candor. We already knew that the weapon he was alleged to have used cannot have fired the bullets that killed JFK. We also knew that he was on the 2nd floor in the lunchroom at the time of the shooting. We also know that he admired JFK and bore him no malice. Which means the man who was fingered by the Warren Commission for murdering JFK had neither the means, the motive, or the opportunity to have killed him. Now we know what was happening during the crucial months that Lee was in New Orleans prior to 22 November 1963 through this book, which brings the character and personality of the man who would be cast as "the patsy" to life.

This book ranks among the very best ever written on the assassination, including BLOODY TREASON by Noel Twyman, JFK AND THE UNSPEAKABLE by James Douglass, INSIDE THE ARRB by Douglas Horne, and LBJ: THE MASTERMIND BEHIND JFK'S ASSASSINATION by Phillip Nelson, most of whom I have also interviewed. (See, for example, [...]) ME & LEE belongs in this illustrious collection. Judyth Vary Baker has demonstrated her courage, integrity, and dedication to the truth and has made a major contribution to understanding the plot to kill our 35th president and has earned our admiration.



2010, A Year End Review

2010 has proved to be an awesome year for me and this place I have for writing and pondering one of the monumental events in American history, the assassination President John F. Kennedy. I’m thankful for the internet and web sites such as that give me the chance to publish my thoughts. Thanks also to numerous sites that now link this blog. On Facebook I’ve met up with numerous fellow researchers to discuss ideas and that’s been great for debating the facts without the general rudeness ones finds on forums. And most of it all, all of you readers have made it all worthwhile, with a banner year for site traffic. The best year ever! Thank you! Most grateful.

Here, in the final winter days of 2010 we see the monumental forces that JFK was trying to wrestle power from, those “entrenched interests of enormous strength” as L. Fletcher Prouty wrote and which ultimately Kennedy lost to, come to fore with a steady erosion of our Constitutional rights. The rude and outrageous harassment of women and children to simply board a plane; the FCC under the guise of “Net Neutrality” attempts to fix something that is not broke so as to affix its talons into it for greater control; The DHS, not content with No Fly Lists is now working towards a No Work List as well, where a citizen has to pass through a security hoop so as not to be considered a threat to the Homeland; The HDS has also been granted the authority to shut down web sites that they suspect of committing copyright infringement, something that should be under the control of the FBI and in the past would need a judge to sign off of on; the government now says it can examine credit card transactions without a warrant–something that would be a felony if you or I did that; the TSA views all air passengers as criminals and inspects people as if they were cattle while placing critics on watch lists. The catalog of outrages and humiliations could go on for many pages. It is all just a lot of little steps towards one big tyranny. I view 2010 as the year of many lost liberties.

Our government, established on a Constitutional Republic, has now grown into a vast, criminal enterprise where the People are expected to serve it and not the other way around, as it grows in power and avarice. We now live in a National Security State where everybody, young and old, are considered a threat and have to be vetted. If John Kennedy had lived, or simply survived that ruinous day in Dealey Plaza, I think he could have thwarted a lot of what we are experiencing now. That was certainly where he was headed in his final days on earth. Certainly Vietnam would have turned out differently because after 1961 and the Bay of Pigs disaster he knew who and what he was up against. He was the last President to confront these unseen powers. And a sad note that is...

I hope we don’t became a people such as what Bruce Springsteen sang about in Jungleland. “The poets down here right nothin’ at all–they just stand back and let it all be.”

The Politics and Unexpected Things
It’s amazing sometimes what kind of things you can get into just simply trying to write about subject. I’ve had people contact me from well known writers and searchers, impostors, to people on the kooky fringe. One guy emailed me with the idea that the grassy knoll shooter was a diversion; the real kill shot came from Jackie. I don’t respond back to people with this sort of nonsense–how can you? I want nothing to do with them and certainly no email trail between us.

The big uptake in traffic has resulted in a large surge in attention from various agencies of the government, military, and those corporations that profit from them. The full litany of the military industrial complex that President Eisenhower has stopped by. It spoke to me how deep all of this runs even now, almost 50 years as the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This has also launched a host of commentary on various forums. As they say, you know you are getting somewhere when you start getting your character trashed on the Internet! They also say that any publicity is good publicity. Okay, not really, but at least people can come to my blog, read the articles, and see that I am trying to be reasonable and fair in dealing with the facts. They can decide for themselves what the truth is for them. Anyway, I am fully aware that this endeavor is not about me–it’s about finding the truth.

Another factor is the little things that happen along the way. For example, I only fly once a year and each time, since I started this blog, I’ve had my luggage searched by the TSA. Which means three times so far. It’s easy to tell–they leave their calling card in my bag. This is of course a violation of my 4th Amendment rights for undue search but under the Homeland Security mania anything goes. Note that I have no arrest or criminal record as a juvenile or adult, nor have I ever been a member of a any subversive group. So is it because I’m a government critic through my writing about JFK? I don’t know but it could be with other critics being placed on government lists (not that I fancy myself of any importance to be placed on one). Ironically, my Congressman John Mica, is one of the sponsors of the bill that launched the TSA. I’ll be sending him a written complaint with a host of questions in the coming year.

As usual, another good year for JFK conspiracy-oriented books. In fact, I know of no book supporting the lone gunman theory that was published in 2010. Of all that were published, Me and Lee by Judyth Vary Baker (see my review HERE) was the most informative and with much ground-breaking material not ever seen before. What makes it an important book is that it offers first-hand account of someone that knew Lee Oswald personally–to the point to being, according to her words, the lover of Oswald during the summer of 1963 in New Orleans. It’s a far more detailed narrative than Oswald’s widow Marina, ever told and it’s rich with the personalities of the period. It often reads like a who’s-who of JFK conspiracy characters and events. As I read it I thought, too bad that Jim Garrison didn’t have Judyth Baker as a witness! As she connects all the major figures together–Oswald, Ruby, Ferrie, Shaw and Banister into a cohesive group of which she claimed to have met and interacted with. Her story makes sense and I think overall, adds much to the history of the days leading up to the assassination. It’s a familiar story that reads fresh. The details of Lee Oswald’s personality and work in New Orleans in the summer of 1963 are fleshed out in such a way to fill in most of the mysterious areas of his life. You’ll never read or think about Oswald the same again. It’s a truly thought provoking read.

And one interesting aside. The TV show 60 Minutes launched a 14-month long investigation of Judyth Vary Baker’s allegations which unfortunately, and mysteriously, was never aired. They either found out her story was bogus or else they found it was true and knew they could never air it. Mostly likely the latter is the case. After all, the mainstream media (other than the History Channel one time) has never presented anything on the JFK assassination that was pro-conspiracy or for that matter, entreated the possibility of a conspiracy as being a legitimate area of inquiry.

A Look Ahead To 2011
I hope to eventually get a book published featuring the “best of” blog articles. I’ll be updating each article with the latest information or new discoveries along the way. Podcasting. I hope to get that started as there are few JFK podcasts out on the web. And of course, the writing and research continues.

As we move into a new year I leave you with these words from Fredrick Douglass:

“Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

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