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!!!!!



~ by Eric Harrington on December 27, 2010.

2 Responses to “Conspireality Book Review – Me & Lee, by Judyth Vary Baker”

  1. The problem with this book is that virtually none of what can be checked out is true. I live in New Orleans. The story she tells about the police raid on the house of prostitution where she was staying is total fiction. She gives a specific location for it, a mansion, on a block on St. Charles Ave.No such mansion exists now, or did then. Besides,in that “genteel” neighborhood no one would have dared to open a whorehouse who was familiar with “the way things are” in this city.Any out of towners who ignorantly did so would have been told very discretely to clear out. No spectacular raids like she describes.She says that the orphanage Lee once lived in was “near” the cemetary his father is buried in, when in fact it is clear across town, many miles away.They used public transit on a Sunday, when it took forever to get anywhere because few buses were running,and suggested that they in fact got to many places in a short time. In other words, she keeps saying things that are totally ridiculous to any one familiar with conditions in New Orleans then and now.

  2. That’s some pretty vague stuff you reference there.. Were you around then? She said his orphanage was near a cemetery? So maybe he lied to her? All of your comments are awfully speculative, to then suggest that “Virtually none of it is true”. That and an anonymous name make for lots of credibility.. And lets not forget this was 50 years ago. Maybe the buses were faster then. Did you take the bus in New Orleans then? But to be honest, her precise recollections are one of the parts that made me wonder. How did she remember all that stuff in such detail? Well maybe she DIDN’T. Maybe a lot of her details are wrong because her memory isn’t accurate.. Who knows..

    Edward Haslan, the author of Dr. Mary’s monkey has suggested he believes her and he lived almost his entire life in New Orleans..

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