As early as Monday, July 29, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald believed he could be "set up' as a patsy for John F. Kennedy's murder.
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Lee had just returned from making a speech at Spring Hill College where he addressed graduate students studying for the priesthood under the direction of Jesuit professors. Described in the Warren Commission as "boys" these students were adult males with serious concerns about what the Jesuits were going to do about the spread of communism in Central and South America, with particular concerns about the Sandinistas--something never mentioned by the Commission. Even Bobby Kennedy had sent a priest to the conference. Lee was supposed to report to the FBI concerning Jesuits interests, to Guy Banister, who was anti-Catholic and hated the Jesuits, and to the CIA regarding Jesuit's attitudes towards Jesuits priests in the Americas who were preaching "liberation theology"--a form of Marxist philosophy the CIA believed represented communist interests.
The book Me & Lee explains additional details of concern to Lee: in the end, denied a chance to rise in the ranks, Lee saw that as a returned defector, though he'd been a loyal spy for the US in the USSR, his return alive made it impossible to trust him, and thus he was "better off dead to both sides."
Since Lee Oswald was at this time penetrating the assassination rings that were forming in New Orleans--and, later--in Dallas, Lee realized that he had penetrated them too easily, considering the fact that he was obviously distrusted. "I can see it coming," he told Judyth. "This is where my end begins."
Oswald's courage is revealed in very few words: he remained involved, even though he knew it might cost him his life, in an attempt to save Kennedy. Someday the world will recognize Oswald for the hero that he was. Until then, I will continue to fight for justice and vindication for Lee Harvey Oswald, hero, patriot and patsy.
Judyth Vary Baker