Conspireality Book Review – Me & Lee, by Judyth Vary Baker
This book could almost be considered a companion book to the fascinating Dr. Mary’s Monkey previously reviewed here on Conspireality. It is an autobiography of Judyth Vary from her childhood to present, but focuses mainly on her time spent in an incredible few months with Lee Harvey Oswald. Judyth, a very gifted teen, through a rather remarkable process of luck and hard work, manages to form relationships with some of the most famous and powerful figures in the American cancer medicine world, and one of those players sends her to New Orleans to go to medical school. But this is where it gets interesting…
It seems likely to me the medical school was a secondary motivation for these powerful players, for almost immediately she is recruited to participate as a lab tech and researcher in “the project” — a secret, and very covert program to develop a fast acting cancer virus that could be used as a bio weapon to assassinate Fidel Castro. (For more on this read our review of Dr. Mary’s Monkey HERE) I mean, who could make this up?
At the same time she also meets Lee Harvey Oswald seemingly by chance (but it seems likely they’re chance meeting may have been staged, as he quickly begins to act as her handler of sorts in the project, and eventually becomes her lover. And it blossoms into a very believeable and heart warming romance with one small problem — she and Oswald are both involved in loveless marriages. That and of course, the fact they are both working to help develop a deadly cancer weapon..
I will not give away the whole story, (although a more in depth review can be found HERE), but Ms. Baker’s account of the Cancer project is virtually identicle to that described in Mr. Haslan’s Dr. Mary’s Monkey, and since Mr. Haslan did not meet her and she knew nothing of him until they were introduced after her book was finished, this corraberation adds much credibility to her story. That and the copious amount of photos of library book cards, help wanted ads, and countless other little mementos presumably saved by her at the time. The detail of her remembrances of the few months spent with Oswald and the platyers in the “project” is so concise and extensive as to make one wonder if a stenographer wasn’t following her everywhere she went. But a couple photocopies of a typed diary suggests she was actually recording the events for posterity at the time.. She also has countless news clippings and pictures of her teen years as a science wiz, and this suggests that she was dilligent about scrapbooks about her life from an early age..
Unfortunately, she gives no concrete proof of her relationship with Oswald or the frightening “project” to develop a super lethal cancer virus (the end product was demonstrated lethal in a human subject in only18 weeks from injection), only the countless scrapbook pictures, and her memories which not so surprisingly match very closely the record of what we do know about Oswalds activities as well as the other players in the Kennedy Assassination such as David Ferrie etc… The book suggests that Oswald would not permit pictures of them together or any other hard evidence that could connect her to him, suggesting that it was to protect her if things went awry — a convenient explanation indeed, but also quite logical given the magnitude of what they were involved in and his apparent love for her.
While we are basically asked to trust Ms. Vary Bakers account given it’s lack of concrete evidence, for this reader, I found the delivery to be incredibly persuasive. Given everything else that has unfolded recently about the assassination and the Mafia connection to it, as well as Mr. Haslan’s discovery of “the project” completely separate of Ms. Vary Bakers recollections, the story is very believable. Edward Haslan has also stated that after extensive interviews with her, he believes her to be telling the truth as well.
But the truly stunning aspect of this book is the portrayal of Oswald. He comes across as an intellegent, romantic, fiercely loyal friend and dedicated patriot and CIA asset, and a man willing to risk and ultimately give his life to protect his country and his president (at one point in the book he actually tells Judyth that the reason he is working to kill Castro is to appease the powerful forces who want to remove Kennedy and thus possibly avoid an assasination attempt,) and that is the ultimate irony. For it is now obvious from the work of countless other researchers that he was clearly just a patsy – a sacrificed pawn for the powerful. I must say again, this book is a MUST READ and a new Conspireality Favorite!!!!!