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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Trine Day; First Edition edition (September 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780979988677
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"They thought they could frighten Judyth Vary Baker into silence. And for decades they succeeded. But it’s too late to shut her up now. She’s already blown the whistle! And she did it for her friend Lee Oswald. Judyth’s story is a dark odyssey of disease, murder and betrayal, but it is one laced with innocence, hope and love."  Edward T. Haslam, author, Dr. Mary’s Monkey

"The Warren Commission Missed A Significant JFK Assassination Connection."

--Flagpole Magazine

"...the only worthy version of JFK's assassination you will ever get, from an insider, from someone who was central to it all."

--Roland Michel Tremblay, Atlantic Free Press

"A remarkable new book ... exhaustively documented...filled with fascinating detail...unsparingly honest ..."

--Rollin Stearns,

"Me & Lee" by Judyth Vary Baker... It was stunning to learn that Lee Harvey Oswald had a mistress. Her book shows beyond any doubt that he was clearly a government agent..[Jesse Ventura, The Week Magazine] " Me & a phenomenal book." -- Jesse Ventura [to Alex Jones]

About the Author

Judyth Vary Baker (née Judyth Anne Vary) is an American artist, writer and poet. Born May 15, 1943, in South Bend, Indiana, she first became known as a young prodigy in cancer research, then, later, for her assertion (in 1999) that while conducting cancer research in New Orleans, in the summer of 1963, she had a love affair with Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Edward T. Haslam is the author of Dr. Mary's Monkey. He lives in Bradenton, Florida.

More About the Author

Judyth Vary Baker (1943 - ) born South Bend, Indiana, is an American artist, writer, poet and futurist. Her abilities in science were first recognized when she was 16, when she invented a modified method for obtaining magnesium from seawater. But her dream was to cure cancer after her beloved grandmother, Anna Whiting, died of breast cancer in 1954. Her work in cancer research as a teen attracted national attention and widespread support, culminating in her inducing lung cancer in mice in only seven days -a feat that had not been accomplished, at the time, in the nation's top laboratories. Newspaper articles chronicled her work, which was investigated, then mentored, by Dr. Alton Ochsner of Ochsner Clinic, Dr. Harold Diehl (Vice President of Research of the American Cancer Society), Dr. George Moore, Director of Roswell Park Institute for Cancer research and Nobel Prize winners Dr. Harold Urey and Sir Robert Robinson.
In the spring of 1963, Baker was invited to New Orleans by Dr. Ochsner, which led to what many believe, based on her documentation and witness statements, to involvement, after nearly two years of training at Roswell Park Institute and the University of Florida, in a biological warfare project aimed to eliminate Cuba's Fidel Castro, in New Orleans.It is not clear to what extent the CIA may have been involved, but author Edward T. Haslam has linked a linear particle accelerator that Baker said was involved in the project to Drs. Ochsner and Sherman, through a detailed study of Dr. Sherman's brutal and unsolved murder on July 21, 1964, the day the Warren Commission came to New Orleans to solicit testimonies. Baker has further stated that in New Orleans, while working with Dr. Mary S. Sherman and Ochsner, in association with David Ferrie and others, she met and fell in love with Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. She has produced witnesses corroborating her claim. She says that Oswald was framed for Kennedy's murder. She joins former Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden in confirming that Oswald was the informant named "Lee" who saved Kennedy's life in Chicago three weeks prior to the assassination.
In 2003, Baker was filmed saying Oswald called the operation to kill Kennedy "The Big Event," several years prior to CIA's E. Howard Hunt identifying the CIA operation to kill Kennedy by the same name. For a number of such reasons, Baker's claims are being more widely supported than when she first spoke out, except by those defending the Warren Commission's conclusions, which Baker calls "An obsolete failure and an odious obstruction of justice for Kennedy and Oswald."
Baker was ejected from the project to kill Castro, she said, because of her ethical objections to use one of more volunteers to test the material. "They wouldn't have volunteered to be tested for something that would kill them," she states. Baker says she was forced to return to Florida, where she was placed in a high-end chemistry laboratory, Peninsular ChemResearch, to hide her being "blackballed" from cancer research. She was then forced to leave the field altogether. Bitter over being banned from cancer research, she was devastated when she saw Oswald shot on TV. Baker says he was part of an "abort team" that he described to her only 37 ½ hours before the Kennedy assassination. When Baker told researcher Jim Marrs about the "abort team" in late 1999 or early 2000, at this time only a handful of insiders knew of its existence.
In 2000 Baker was nearly filmed three times by Sixty Minutes in a 14-month investigation that Sixty Minutes' founder, Don Hewitt, said was the most expensive investigation in the history of the program up to that time. He stated to C-Span that "the door was slammed in our faces." But then Gerry Hemming, a legendary name in Kennedy assassination research, met Baker, examined her notebooks of evidence, and told British documentary maker Nigel Turner about her. Baker was interviewed, she says, for "many hours," and then filmed by Turner for 38 hours, culminating in a 44-minute film, "The Love Affair." Baker objected to the fact that none of her witnesses were removed or not included in the documentary. Nevertheless, by November, 2003,Turner had nine documentaries {collectively called The Men Who Killed Kennedy], being aired on The History Channel. While six had been running for years, the three new segments, especially "The Guilty Men" (Episode 9] quickly generated lawsuit threats from former President Lyndon Johnson's widow, family and closest supporters. Segments 7-8-9 were quickly banned, including "The Love Affair" concerning Baker's love affair with Lee Harvey Oswald and his innocence, as The History Channel apologized to the Johnsons. Over the next few years, all of the other segments of The Men Who Killed Kennedy which had been showing over a decade on the History Channel, were also removed.
But Baker had written a 700 page book, which she withdrew after it was published by researcher Harrison E. Livingstone over disputes about editing and finances. In 2010 and 2011, her 508-page book Me & Lee: How I came to know, love and lose Lee Harvey Oswald was printed in paperback and hardback editions and became an underground high ranking book about the Kennedy assassination. In 2012m Me & Lee was adapted into a three act play ["The Sniper's Nest"] by noted playwright Lisa Soland. It has been produced in the United States and overseas. Many people met the reclusive Judyth Baker for the first time in a ten-week-long tour of the US during the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, financed by numerous donations.
In 2014, Me & Lee was also produced as an audio book, and translations began in German, Farsi, Swedish and French. Baker's information has been quoted in books such as Jim Marrs' new edition of Crossfire, Phillip Nelson's LBJ: Mastermind, Jesse Ventura'a They Killed our President, and Dr. Mary's Monkey by Edward T. Haslam, which devotes significant chapters to her story.
Baker's book David Ferrie-Mafia Pilot will be released by Trine Day in summer, 2014.
Baker is also the author of two books of poetry (When the Clouds Came Flying By (for drama students) and A Dangerous Thing to Do; she was co-author of a three-act play, Castles in the Sky with John MacLean for the Texas regional LDS Sesquicentennial. Baker's name is on a monument erected for the US Bicentennial in Stafford, TX for her civic service as a newspaper reporter dedicated to the community. Baker's paintings and lithographs have long sold worldwide.
Baker was married to Robert A. Baker, III in Mobile, Alabama in1963. She had five children between 1968-1978. Baker says she was warned not to speak of what she knew, if she wished to stay alive. She remained silent for 35 years. Baker decided not to speak out until her last child left home on Dec. 26, 1998. Since then, after initial doubt and attacks on her character by Warren Commission defenders, typified, Baker says, by a large website written by people who never met her, Baker has continued to gain support. However, she was hospitalized five times in four years by "accidents" that finally forced Baker to live overseas permanently by 2007. By the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, hundreds of supported donated funds to finance a ten-week tour of the United States, beginning with a symposium at Loyola University and ending at the grave of Lee Harvey Oswald, where a Memorial Service was held. Today, Baker lives in four different countries overseas. "I do regret that I haven't been able to be a grandma and great grandma," she says. "Some of my family has not forgiven me for speaking out." Baker is currently working on three more books -one about Lee Harvey Oswald's writings, one about her close friend, Lt. Col. Dan Marvin a green Beret who worked as an assassin for the CIA, and a third book about economic and linguistics ("My real avocation is in linguistics," Baker says).Baker can be contacted on Facebook at "Judyth Baker" or by contacting Trine Day Publishers.

LONGER, MORE DETAILED VERSION: Judyth Vary Baker (1943 - ) born South Bend, Indiana, is an American artist, writer and poet. Her work in cancer research as a teen and young adult led to later involvement in a biological warfare project aimed to eliminate Cuba's Fidel Castro. In 1963, her decision to protest the use of unwitting prisoners for a dangerous cancer experiment destroyed her cancer research career. Baker's intimate relationship with accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, who Baker and others say was involved in the anti-Castro effort, and was framed in a cover-up, has become the subject of documentaries, plays and books since she first spoke out to Sixty Minutes in 1999. Her book Me & Lee: How I came to know, love and lose Lee Harvey Oswald (2010) argues the innocence of Oswald, providing witnesses to Baker's affair with Oswald and documentation of their relationship, which began in New Orleans in April, 1963 and continued until Oswald's last call only two days before the assassination of President Kennedy.

Baker's published poetry includes A Dangerous Thing to Do, When the Clouds came Flying By (children's poems) and individual works. Her paintings, lithographs and computer art are sold worldwide. Due to harassment, threats and hospitalizations due to incidents before and after the History Channel's documentary on her relationship with Oswald (2003: "The Love Affair" Episode 8 in the A & E series The Men Who Killed Kennedy) Baker began living a secluded life in exile in Europe.

A play by playwright Lisa Soland, "The Sniper's Nest" was produced in 2012 featuring Judyth and Lee's relationship. Soland had previously planned to write the play with Oswald as guilty, but after reading Me & Lee, she presented Lee as innocent.

Early Life

Judyth was the oldest child of Donald and Gloria Vary in South Bend, Indiana, on May 15, 1943. She was seriously ill as a young child and was hospitalized for over a year with complications from a ruptured appendix and gangrene. The event gave her a deep interest in science and medicine. She attended St. Mary's School in Niles Michigan, Southside Jr. High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida. The Hungarian side of her family heavily influenced Baker with patriotic values due to their strong feelings for relatives who fought in the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

Baker's father, an electrical engineer, and her large extended family recognized the child's genius and encouraged her to develop skills in science and art after Baker spontaneously began to read a telephone book before age three. Baker's excellent memory, creativity and artistic talents meant that by age 8 she was quoting Shakespeare and Jane Austen, keeping the family's financial records, designing ads for her father's TV stores, and singing duets with her younger sister, Lynda, on their father's television station. By the time Baker was 10, she had learned how to put together radios and TV sets. When Baker was introduced to Robert Adler, a TV pioneer in the field, for whom her father worked from time to time in Chicago, she decided she wanted to become a scientist. When her beloved Hungarian grandmother, Anna Hoffer Whiting, passed away from cancer in 1956, Baker was determined to become a cancer research scientist.

Baker Begins Cancer Research Efforts

In Bradenton, Florida, Baker was befriended by Georgianna Watkins, leader of the area's American Cancer Society, who guided her earliest research projects with cancerous fish. Watkins also introduced her to Dr. Alton Ochsner, former President of the American Cancer Society, at the dedication of the Wilson Clinic near Sun City, Florida, who encouraged her efforts.

On October 17, 1958, Baker was introduced by her biology teacher to Dr. Canute Michaelson, a high-ranking Norwegian geneticist and radiobiologist with CIA ties who had served as a double agent against Hitler.[25] Michaelson's exploits as a spy fascinated her. After Baker expressed her desire to become a cancer research scientist, Michaelson provided Baker with equipment and contacts. Two local doctors, who soon after would begin studying radiation and cancer at Oak Ridge,[26] under the eye of the CIA, next began advising Baker in the early stages of her research (see Baker's book, Me & Lee, How I came to know, love and lose Lee Harvey Oswald, for documentation).

Baker's patriotic zeal was further enhanced in high school by friendships with retired military officers, especially her science and physics instructor, Col. Phillip V. Doyle, and by local anti-Castro Cubans, including a close friendship with fellow student Tony Lopez-Fresquet, the oldest son of Castro's first finance minister, Rufo Lopez-Fresquet.[27] After gaining national attention in science fairs for her improvement on a German method to extract magnesium from seawater, she obtained additional support for her work in cancer from Dr. David Jacobus and others at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Baker was sent hard-to-get anti-radioactive steroids and instructions on how to use them in her experiments.

Baker's need to use cancerous mice for her anti-cancer experiments prompted her to try to induce cancer in mice as fast as possible. By 1961, Baker, aided by famed Tampa, FL bacteriologist James A. Reyniers, induced lung cancer in weanling mice in record time under primitive lab conditions. Baker was now collecting scholarships and awards, including a placement in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, and was becoming known across the country as a young prodigy in cancer research.

In March, 1961, at age 17, she became the first high school student to attend the elite Science Writer's Cancer Research Seminar, a 5-day national meeting of science writers and the world's most important cancer research scientists, where her research was inspected by top American Cancer Society (ACS) officials, research scientists, and Nobel Prize winners Dr. Harold Urey and Sir Robert Robinson, who began to mentor her work.[29]

At that time, Baker also met and was befriended by the three doctors credited today with wakening the world to the dangers of smoking: Dr. Harold Diehl (Sr. Vice President of Research for the American Cancer Society), Dr. George Moore (Director of Roswell Park Institute, the first hospital to ban smoking) and Dr. Alton Ochsner (founder of the famed Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans). All three doctors had testified together in lawsuits against the tobacco industry: the fact that Baker had induced lung cancer in mice in record time using concentrated tobacco smoke focused their attention on her work.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

After Dr. Urey and the doctors examined her lab and records in her high school laboratory, Dr. George Moore invited Baker to spend the summer of 1961 in Moore's own private laboratory at Roswell Park, in Buffalo, New York, the oldest important cancer research center in the United States. There she conducted research on melanoma cancers, learned techniques for handling cancers induced by the Friend virus and the SV40 monkey virus, and helped develop a predecessor of what would become a world-famed RPMI formula for growing cancerous tissues in vitro. For most of that summer Baker also studied radiobiology with Dr. James T. Grace, handling cancer-causing viruses, including the SV40 Monkey virus, as a participant in Roswell Park's national program for science students, then under the direction of Dr. Edwin Mirand.

That same year, Dr. Ochsner, whose anti-communist views were widely known, used funding from right-wing oil baron Clint Murchison and other to establish the Information Council of the Americas (INCA) with Ed Butler as Executive Director. The main objective of the organization was to prevent communist revolutions in Latin America.[33]

By Fall of 1961, Baker was enrolled in the medical technology program at St. Francis College (now St. Francis University)[21]in her home state of Indiana, using a nearby hospital for her more advanced lab work. Assigned to enhance the growth rate of malignant melanoma (at Dr. Alton Ochsner's suggestion, as reported in Baker's local newspapers) the 18-year-old's new research project was well established in only two months.

Baker immediately presented information about her new project to the Indiana Academy of Science, where an abstract of her research was published, titled "Studies on the Increase in vitro of Mitotic Activity and Melanogenesis in the RPMI HA # 5 (7113) Strain Melano." the abstract mentions that her cancer research was continuing at her lab at St. Francis. [30]

Concurrently, Dr. Alton Ochsner's work in 1961-1962 on melanoma was important enough to be recorded in his official biography:[31]Baker says Ochsner continued to direct her work in melanoma research and encouraged her research in lung cancer, which was Ochsner's specialty.[32]

Baker, told she could never have children, found herself deeply influenced by the nuns at St. Francis, some of whom were highly trained in the medical sciences. Baker said, "By then, I had seen a lot of death and suffering due to cancer, and I wanted to dedicate my whole life entirely to fighting cancer, which I couldn't do if I got married." When she earned permission to enter the order of St. Francis on Feb. 2, 1962, with plans to continue her cancer research career as a nun, she was forcibly returned to Florida by her father, where she was confined in their island home and given anti-Catholic literature to read. Her father took her daily to his office to run his business. "He gave me a dollar a day for my work, and even supervised me when we ate lunch at the local restaurant," Baker says. "I felt that God had rejected my offer to serve Him all my life, and now I couldn't even continue my college education." The experience profoundly affected Baker, who lost her faith in God at that time.

University of Florida

By mid-February, 1962, Baker's mother and her aunt, Elsie Vargo, were distressed that Judyth's education was now at a halt. They secretly enrolled her, despite the late date, at The University of Florida after garnering the influence of US Senator George Smathers, who arranged a full scholarship for her there. Computer data was also created to account for her late (and technically llegal) arrival.

Baker's father responded by trying to get her arrested as a runaway. However,
with UF's Dean of Women Marian Brady's help, Baker obtained a writ of emancipation (at that time parents had legal custody of their dependents until age 21). Brady created several cover jobs for Baker to account for funding provided, in fact, by Senator Smathers "even as police outside her office door were demanding entrance," says Baker.

From that time onward, Baker avoided returning home again.

At UF, Baker worked under a special license granted to her sponsors and supervisors to handle irradiated human blood products in the university's Nutrition Lab and in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, where she developed a method to help detect metastatic cancer cells in the bloodstream. By early April, 1963, she was also involved with anti-Castro elements on campus. Baker, no longer interested in becoming a nun, was now dating, and became engaged to Robert A. Baker, III, an English major who, with her encouragement, would enter graduate school studying geology and petroleum engineering. (In 1965, Judyth Baker would receive UF's Phi Beta Kappa Award as UF's Most Creative Undergraduate for her original and outstanding work in the visual arts, writing, journalism, and biological science.)

In mid-April, 1963, Ochsner invited Baker to New Orleans to work in a summer internship under one of the country's foremost bone cancer specialists, Dr. Mary Stultz Sherman, with a promise to be admitted to Tulane Medical School two years early that Fall under a full scholarship with a stipend. Enticed by the offer, Baker immediately accepted. However, she was afraid to tell her fiancé that she would not be returning to Florida. "We would have been separated for a couple of semesters, until he graduated from UF, and I was afraid he'd have second thoughts about getting married," Baker says.

New Orleans

19-year-old Baker arrived in New Orleans two weeks early due to UF's new trimester system, but to her dismay, both Ochsner and Sherman were out of town. Her fiancé, who only knew that Baker had "plans to work" in New Orleans, was not due to arrive until May, at which time an elopement was planned, but in the meantime, Baker needed emergency funds. Unwilling to ask for help from her parents, she began temporary work at a Royal Castle near the airport. This restaurant was then being used by a government surveillance team to spy on the powerful Mafia leader, Carlos Marcello, whose office behind the Town & Country Motel was just next door. Robert Kennedy had forcibly deported Marcello, who had defiantly returned to the US and was now involved in a deportation court case that he would win on November 22nd, the same day Kennedy was shot.

By April 26, Lee Harvey Oswald had met Baker, who in November would be accused of killing President Kennedy. Researchers believe his meeting with Baker was not accidental. Baker says Oswald concluded she was involved in clandestine operations due to the many people she knew who were linked to the CIA, her employment at that particular Royal Castle, her closeness to Ochsner, her knowledge of Dr. Sherman, and a mix-up of names. By the time Oswald realized the truth, the 23-year-old had already introduced Baker to the clandestine side of Ochsner's cancer research project, exposing Dr. Sherman and her friend David W. Ferrie as among the participants.

Baker learned that Oswald was working with former FBI Chicago chief Guy Banister in anti-Castro operations where Oswald eventually posed as pro-Castro to help ferret out pro-Castro spies in New Orleans. After Oswald introduced Baker to Banister, her fears about Oswald, who told her he had been a "defector" to the USSR, were assuaged. She now looked upon Oswald as a hero who had been a successful spy in the USSR. The fact that Oswald had not been arrested upon his return, and his use by Banister, increased her trust in him. Ochsner's secret project, Baker learned, was being spied upon by Oswald, to make sure "the product" as it was called, which would be used to try to kill Castro, remained under CIA control.

After her new husband immediately left town after their marriage without providing contact information, and with Ochsner and Sherman still unavailable, on May 4, 1963 Baker turned to Oswald after she was evicted in the middle of the night due to a police raid from her rented room. Baker told witnesses of her plans to enter Tulane Medical School in New Orleans in the Fall, unaware that she would spend the summer helping to develop a biological weapon using cancer under Ochsner's and Sherman's direction.

Cancer to Be Weaponized

Aided by Sherman's anti-Castro friend David Ferrie, and with the cooperation of the CIA, the New Orleans Project had begun a year earlier after efforts to deal with removing the SV40 monkey virus, a cancer-causing virus, from the polio vaccine were unsuccessful. Ochsner's own grandson had died from the contaminated polio vaccine. Even though officials knew the vaccine carried the SV40 monkey virus, the public was not told: millions of children and adults would receive the contaminated polio vaccines for the next four decades.

Baker said that after several deadly cancers had emerged due to experiments with radiation, the CIA encouraged Ochsner, a rabid anti-communist, to proceed with weaponizing the cancer strains, with the goal to kill Communist Cuba's leader, Fidel Castro, in a manner that could not be connected to any agency or to the U.S. government. Ochsner's patriotism and strong anti-communist stance deeply impressed young Baker. She told Ochsner she was willing to cooperate in the project to eliminate Castro through biological means so "nobody in the U. S. government could be blamed."[34]

In 2008 the CIA officially admitted that at this time many unusual plans and attempts were made to assassinate Castro, some involving biological agents, such as creating a diving suit infected with a deadly fungus, using poisoned cigars, and employing cancer-causing agents such as thallium.[22]In the book Doublecross, about the Giancana Mafia family in Chicago, the public learned that the mafia was aware of these efforts by the CIA, and was also involved in them.

Baker says Lee Harvey Oswald acted as an assistant and courier in the project.

Cover Jobs and a Love Affair

Baker documented how cover jobs were arranged for herself and Oswald, where they spent approximately half their time. Though she was a slow typist, Baker said arrangements were made to hire her as a secretary for former FBI agent William I. Monaghan, Wm. B. Reily Coffe Company's Vice President of Security, Finance and Field Sales. After moving into nearby apartments the same week, Baker and Oswald rode the same bus to and from work together the next eleven weeks. Both Baker and Oswald began their employment on the same day, at a (then) small subsidiary company, Standard Coffee, owned by Reily, where their background reports were laundered and Baker was taught how to handle the Vice President's secretarial duties. A week later, the two new employees were transferred together to Reily's main company. WC documents support these facts.

Baker's initial "J" is legible on five of Oswald's eleven Reily time cards (recently two "J's" were discovered to have been erased from Oswald's Reily Time Cards, on exhibit at the Mary Ferrell Foundation website: however, they can be clearly seen on NARA documents posted years earlier, elsewhere).

On July 19, 1963, an ad to replace Baker was ordered -- the same day Oswald was fired. Baker herself was fired August 9th, the same day Oswald was arrested for handing out flyers in New Orleans. Baker says she was fired prematurely because she was seen with Oswald that day. These events are documented by paycheck stubs, bank deposits, letters and newspaper ads and articles which have been seen by many researchers.

Baker had arrived in New Orleans in April. So did Oswald. She left New Orleans in September: so did Oswald. Both Baker and Oswald were unhappily married, and they eventually commenced a love affair. "I could speak some Russian, and Lee said I resembled his Russian wife," Baker says. "Just as Lee did, I played chess, loved to travel, was deeply interested in religion and politics, and, just as Lee, I loved classical music and was well-read in philosophy, science fiction and Russian novels. My family called me 'Juduffski' because of my fascination with all things Russian. As for Lee, he called me 'Juduffki.' We were immediately attracted to each other."

Several witnesses, such as William "Mac" McCullough (former bouncer and musician linked to Mafia's Marcello and Marino brothers in New Orleans) and Anna Lewis, whose husband, David Lewis, worked with Guy Banister, a former FBI agent long linked to Oswald, have supported Baker's statements about her affair with Oswald. [23] Baker has described Oswald's involvement in other undercover projects in New Orleans and elsewhere. She said Oswald also volunteered to provide technical and courier assistance for the "get-Castro project", as well as functioning as her bodyguard and protector in the city.

Oswald eventually told Baker about his efforts to infiltrate a developing JFK assassination plot, even while fearing that he was being lured into thje ring in order to be positioned to take the blame, since he was a returned (but fake) defector from the USSR and had been assigned to portray himself as pro-Castro. Baker says Oswald confided he realized he was being passed over for advancement "because he wasn't trusted, since he did not return from the USSR in a casket."

Statements made by Oswald's wife, Marina, in the biography Marina and Lee by Priscilla Johnson MacMillan, as well as close readings of witness testimonies - too numerous to mention here -- provide circumstantial evidence that Baker and Oswald planned to divorce and marry in Mexico. One such piece of evidence is the fact that Oswald left his wedding ring behind on the morning of the assassination.

Baker's career in cancer research was cut short when she protested using an unwitting prisoner originally described as a "volunteer" suffering from a terminal form of cancer who turned out to be healthy. Ochsner, furious that Baker had written a note seen by a secretary unfamiliar with the project, informed her that both she and Oswald were "expendable." After being forced to conduct blood tests on one or more such prisoners, Baker was forced to return to Florida with her husband, but she and Oswald nevertheless made plans to re-unite in Mexico after his final assignment in Mexico City.

Instead, Oswald was ordered back to Dallas after all his efforts to hand off the biological weapon were blocked. Oswald was now increasingly suspicious of how he was being handled, despite assurances that Hurricane Flora had been responsible for the aborted attempt against Castro.

When Oswald, who gathered information on an assassination ring first in New Orleans, and then in Dallas, told Baker had been invited to be a shooter (he had posed as anti-Kennedy to allay suspicions) he told her "You may think I'm a good shot, but I'm not that good."

From then on, Baker says, Oswald believed he was a doomed man and even anticipated becoming a patsy. Despite the dangers, he pretended blind obedience, Baker says, and a lot of stupidity, to keep on gathering information, which he passed, when possible, on to the FBI. When they last spoke only 37 ½ hours before the assassination, Baker begged Oswald to run for his life. But Oswald refused, saying, "If I stay, that will be one less bullet aimed at Kennedy" meaning he would be quickly replaced with someone willing to shoot at the President.

"Oswald had to be in the building and to appear apparently ready to take his position on the sixth floor," Baker says, "so he wouldn't be replaced. Lee considered himself a dead man by this time, because if he fled, they'd kill everyone he loved, and eventually track him down, too."

"If he stayed," Baker added, "and didn't shoot, Lee believed there would be enough circumstantial evidence against him to make him a patsy for the crime --which is exactly what happened." Baker noted that "Oswald expected to be shot dead. He was quite intelligent, however, and managed to be taken alive, but the CIA and FBI had to hope he wouldn't tell anybody about his connections to the CIA and FBI. They believed that if he did so, his CIA contacts in the USSR would have been executed." But, Baker adds, "Lee was faithful to his country. He knew what would happen to others if he revealed his true identity as a former spy and an anti-Castro operative borrowed from the ONI for use by the CIA and FBI. He never betrayed those who were risking their lives for us in the USSR."

Oswald, arrested only 69 minutes after the JFK assassination, was immediately charged with two murders--that of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit, and of President John F. Kennedy. He was next declared the sole assassin - that there was no conspiracy -- only a few hours later by John Edgar Hoover of the FBI, who directed his Dallas FBI agents not to look for anybody else.


After the JFK assassination Baker's promising career as a cancer researcher abruptly ended. Baker states she was told to keep a low profile and stay silent, if she wanted to stay alive.)[36]Baker kept silent about her relationship with Oswald for 36 years after the JFK assassination, fearing retaliation from those she believed responsible for the President's death. However, after seeing the movie [[JFK]] by Oliver Stone, she mustered the courage to come forward with her story. Baker states Oswald was a deep-cover operative for the American government and that he told her he had penetrated a ring in Dallas, Texas that planned to assassinate Kennedy.
Baker has stated that her goal is to exonerate Lee Harvey Oswald from the charge that

Customer Reviews

As others have noted, this book is very (Vary) well documented, lots of photos you've never seen before.
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Judyth Baker does a fantastic job in her well-written book Me & Lee to answer a host of questions about Lee Harvey Oswald and the JFK assassination.
John W. Onesti
Get the real story and read this book and be sure to tell her thank you for telling what really went down.
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210 of 237 people found the following review helpful By James H. Fetzer on October 20, 2010
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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.
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135 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Dean T. Hartwell on October 5, 2010
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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.

Judyth Baker never claims to be a saint. She admits to having an affair with Oswald during a time in which both were married to other people. And she acknowledges she spent time with questionable company, including New Orleans mafia boss Carlos Marcello, on a questionable top-secret project designed to develop cancer cells to be used to poison Fidel Castro.

Even though she was only twenty years old during this time, she makes no excuses and allows herself to be seen in a less-than-sympathetic light at times. Her writing thus shows sincerity about herself.

Baker also gives details of her relationship with Oswald. She recounts phone conversations, places the two went and people they met.
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73 of 84 people found the following review helpful By W. Green on October 19, 2010
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It's somewhat difficult to read this book in the harsh glare of today's cynical society. But the author's honest memories, although almost incredibly naive as viewed within the current paradigm, seem perfectly credible in the context of 1963 America. So in reading this love story, researchers must get beyond the fairy tale and look at the apparent facts Baker presents. Her book Me & Lee, is full of "facts" many of which are astounding. According to her, Lee Harvey Oswald should be remembered as real person with strong but almost child-like feelings of patriotism and romantic love. He was her dear friend and lover in the Summer of '63. Only 24 years old, he was a disciplined, well-read, self-educated person of strong convictions. He had already experienced a lifetime of adventures, relationships, and tribulations: orphanage living, Mafia-related foster parents, parental divorces, Marine duty in Japan (playing the part of the good American and the bad American), travel to Soviet Russia in an attempted "defection", marriage to a young Russian woman with Soviet espionage connections, return to America (with the government giving him a pass on his apparent treason), shooting at General Walker in April 1963 (according to the Warren Commission), starting his own branch of a pro-Castro organization in New Orleans while working secretly as part of a conspiracy to kill Castro, falling in love with the author Judyth Vary Baker, rubbing shoulders with the powerful Dallas White Russian community, finding a job in a building located on Dealey Plaza (the perfect location to execute the crime of the century), and finally becoming the prime suspect in the killing of a Dallas policeman and the President of the United States.Read more ›
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