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Judyth Vary Baker, 2011 Toronto

Judyth Vary Baker 1964  

Judyth Vary Baker (1943 - ) born in South Bend, Indiana, is an American artist, writer and poet. Her work in cancer research as a teenager led to later involvement in what Baker and a number of researchers believe was a biological warfare project aimed at eliminating Cuba’s Fidel Castro at the height of the Cold War. In 1963, her decision to protest the use of unwitting prisoners for a dangerous cancer experiment essentially 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.[i] 

Early Life

Judyth Baker was born Judyth Anne Vary, the oldest child of Donald William and Glorianne W. 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 NilesMichigan, 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 1957, 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

                                        Baker's cancer research while in high school earned her national attention. Later, she would become 
                                        involved with accused JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Later, she would  write a book (Me & Lee) and 
                                        launch a crusade defending Oswald. "If i had said Oswald killed Kennedy," Baker says, "I'd be a rich 
                                        woman. But instead, I am dedicated to telling you the truth, and I am willing to bear the consequences."

In March, 1961, at age 17, Baker 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

Dr. George E. Moor
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.”[ii] 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,[iii] who arranged a full scholarship for her there. Computer data was also created to account for her late (and technically illegal) 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.[iv] 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.[v]

Baker learned that Oswald was working with former FBI Chicago chief Guy Banister in anti-Castro operations[vi] 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.

Abandoned by her new husband, who immediately left town after their marriage without providing contact information, and with Ochsner and Sherman still unavailable,[vii] 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.[viii]  

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.[ix]

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.[x]

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).[xi] 

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,[xii] Baker was forced to return to Florida with her husband, but she and Oswald nevertheless made plans to re-unite in Mexico[xiii] 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 90 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.[xiv]


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 he was the assassin of John F. Kennedy. Her stance has raised ire among some who are certain that Oswald acted alone in the November, 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Thefts, threats of arrest, and ‘accidents’ put Baker in the hospital and drove her from the United States into hiding in Europe in 2003 after the documentary “The Love Affair” was filmed. Soon after it aired, the documentary, which was supposed to be shown for ten years, was banned from the History Channel.  In 2005, Baker left the EU after all her possessions were stolen and a specious lawsuit was entered against her, returning briefly to the US to teach. In 2007, she was seriously threatened while teaching in Hungary and, after being openly robbed in Budapest and threatened again, she fled to Sweden, where she entered the political asylum system, despite the fact that she was warned that she could not stay permanently. Her family, friends and donors have helped establish safe places for her to live since then, in undisclosed locations inside and outside the EU. She rarely gives interviews.



Baker remained with Robert A. Baker, III, publishing poetry and short stories under fictitious names and developing a career as an artist. She obtained her A.A. from UF in 1965 and a B.S. in cultural and medical anthropology from The University of Houston in 1986.

The couple had five children by the time they divorced in 1987, 24 years after leaving New Orleans.  “In brief,” Baker says, “Robert continued to be absent from my life and the lives of our children.”  The couple had joined the Mormon Church in 1969, “where Mormon brothers and sisters became the big, extended family I had longed for ever since childhood,” Baker added. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t reconcile Mormonism with the basic tenets of Christianity, and asked to be excommunicated. For this, Robert never forgave me, and we ended up divorced.”

Baker as a single parent with four children next earned her M.A. in English, Linguistics and Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Later, she would go on to ABD status in English literature and linguistics from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, but would be denied an extension to defend her dissertation after she was injured in 2003, despite a 3.9 GPA and having passed all comps and her oral exam. By then, she was informed, she had become “notorious” due to speaking out about Oswald.

In a well-documented series of threats, harassments and acts of character assassination, such as passing out petitions to get her fired (that event was conducted in Orlando by the son of an FBI employee,” Baker notes), she found her fifteen-year-long teaching career destroyed by her decision to speak out. 

“Though I hadn’t seen the inside of a hospital since 1981 before speaking out, by 2007 I had been in and out of five hospitals and confined twice to wheelchairs due to deliberate attempts to shut me up,” she says. “I finally had to move overseas. By 2007, after I applied for political asylum, suddenly all my problems ceased.  Of course, I was now out of sight and couldn’t be interviewed. I didn’t even see my own book after it was published, for quite awhile.  But I was safe.”

In 2011, Baker was invited to Toronto, where she received a warm welcome: her story became national news in Canada, but was ignored in the United States.

In 2012, she received threats not to go to Dallas in 2013, while at the same time her bank account was hacked, with purchases made in Houston and Dallas (Baker was again living in Europe at the time). Angry supporters urged her to return to the US despite any dangers, offering protection and donations.
In November, 2012, Baker found herself inundated with interview requests when her publisher proposed a broad tour of the US West Coast with her story.


Baker's assertions have aroused controversy among researchers and historians who support the Warren Commission's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the killing of former US President John F. Kennedy in 1963. While some conspiracy theorists also discount Baker's claims, an increasing number of researchers now consider most or all of her story to be credible. Typically, these are researchers who have actually interviewed Baker (who is reclusive) in person, and who have personally examined her evidence files.
Baker retained many items, such as paycheck stubs, bus tickets, letters, newspaper articles, and personal items, which have been closely inspected since 1999 by investigators in the JFK assassination case. [35] Those who have done so almost inevitably become her supporters. Her detractors point to Baker's waiting over three decades before speaking out, and that her failure to alert others to Kennedy's danger should be punished, if she is telling the truth. Baker contends that she would not have been believed, that she would have endangered Oswald’s efforts to try to save JFK, and that the only agencies she could report to actually participated in the cover-up, and would have silenced her.

Heated debate on the veracity of Baker's story exists in Internet newsgroups, especially regarding the idea that a bioweapon could have been developed outside a major laboratory, under relatively primitive conditions, but Baker says she was chosen to work in the project precisely because she was able to work with deadly cancers under relatively primitive conditions, having done so at her own high school. Even Baker's detractors concede her contemporaneous work with Oswald at Reily, and the fact that her husband was absent most of the summer of 1963, when Baker says she and Oswald had an affair.

Critics now trend to say that while evidence may exist that Baker apparently knew Oswald intimately, based on the statements of live witnesses, work records, and circumstantial evidence, that Oswald would not have confided in her and that it makes no difference what he told her, because he was a pathological liar.  Baker replies that Oswald lied just as any other CIA operative had to do, hiding his true activities thereby: she has a list of CIA agents who assert their families never knew what they were doing, using lies to cover up their true activities and fully aware that if they were exposed, the CIA, etc. would deny.

It should be noted that evidence and witness statements supporting Baker concerning the development of a biological weapon have been assessed and published ever since 1999 by such researchers as Edward T. Haslam (viz., his book Dr. Mary's Monkey, Trine Day, 2007), by reporter and well-known author Jim Marrs (author of Crossfire, upon which the 1991 Oliver Stone film JFK was based), by Dutch researcher Wim Dankbaar, by Dutch crime investigator Peter DeVries, by British researcher and producer Nigel Turner (producer and writer of the long-standing The Men Who Killed Kennedy documentary series, for The History Channel), by Harrison Livingstone (author and researcher, with Robert Groden, of the best-selling book High Treason), by veteran researcher Martin Shackelford, and by Dr. James Fetzer, all of whom, after investigating Baker, have subsequently supported her story.

Since Me & Lee’s debut in 2010, more researchers and primary witnesses have expressed their support, as seen in her Facebook friends list, including Vince Palamara, the premiere civilian expert on the Secret Service, whose review on Me & Lee, at Amazon.com, expresses his initial disbelief in her story, until he read the book and subsequently recommended it.

Baker was also investigated for fourteen months by Sixty Minutes and was scheduled to be filmed three times, but “the door was slammed in our faces” according to Don Hewitt, the program’s founder who, with Mike Wallace and Phil Scheffler, examined Baker and her documents in New York, and sent her, with investigators, to New Orleans and Washington, DC between 1999 and 2001.  However, they failed to interview any of her living witnesses and retained Brian Duffy (who wrote a long article praising now-discredited author Gerald Posner’s Case Closed, a book now known to distort Oswald’s case, for US News & World Report.). Wrote Duffy: “…she has no evidence.”  When author Edward T. Haslam described a “different” Judyth Vary Baker whom he had met, Sixty Minutes was told by higher-ups at CBS to stop filming.  Baker then received emails of apology from Hewitt and Scheffler, who assured her they had wanted to film her.

Haslam, upon meeting Baker, realized that he had met an imposter in 1972, when he was seeking information in New Orleans about Dr. Mary Sherman. After years of investigating Baker, Haslam rewrote his original, obscure book, Mary, Ferrie & the Monkey Virus. Dr. Mary’s Monkey was published in 2007, using baker as a prime witness for the New Orleans project he had researched.  The book has met with considerable success.

A prior 700-page biography of Baker was published by researcher and author Harrison E. Livingstone in 2004.[16]Other writings where Baker is mentioned prominently include Interview with History,[17] and The Radical Right and the Murder of John F. Kennedy.[18]Baker has also been the subject of scholarly journal articles by such researchers as Dr. John Williams.[19]

Author Edward T. Haslam has been interviewed multiple times on TV, radio, and on the Internet, providing personal supporting evidence for Baker's story.

Baker's sister has stated on film that she was told of the affair with Oswald in 1964.

 Baker’s children have agreed that they knew about a green glass Baker treasured as a gift from Oswald in 1963. Additionally, family members and friends insist Baker began speaking privately of her association with Oswald as early as 1980, some 19 years before she spoke out publicly.

A [photo of William "Mac" McCullough, formerly of New Orleans and a singer and bouncer for Mafia-run nightclubs, is Baker’s book, Me & Lee.  McCullough described Baker and Oswald as "companions" on three audiotapes, warning Baker that she was in danger and that “they never forget.”

The Charles Thomas family (Louisiana) has verified that Baker met Charles Thomas, a former Customs agent, when she was introduced to him by Lee Harvey Oswald in June, 1963. Thomas, under the name “Arthur Young” expedited Oswald’s passport in June, 1863, pushing through passport Oswald’s application along with others (so it wouldn’t be noticed, Baker says) in a mere 24 hours, even though Oswald’s old passport showed he lived in the USSR, and his new application indicated he intended to visit Cuba, which was forbidden for Americans.  Baker has photos of Charles Thomas given her by his family, including one showing tattoos on Thomas’ fingers that Baker had described to a relative in her initial efforts to prove she had actually shaken hands with Thomas.

Video testimony was volunteered by longtime New Orleans resident, Anna Lewis, former wife of David Lewis. David Lewis once worked as a private investigator for Guy Banister (who stated Banister and Oswald knew each other). Lewis includes the statement that Baker "was Oswald's mistress," with additional details. Lewis indicated a dislike for Baker but never retracted her statements, though she complained to researcher Martin Shackelford and others that she had been threatened after the film was made, and lost her job.  (Lewis remained adamant about her statements concerning Baker.  Late in 2011, Lewis died of lung cancer). Lewis’ interview is available at the website www.jfkmurdersolved.com, hosted by Dutch researcher Wim Dankbaar, and on YouTube.

Various witnesses have contributed snippets of verifying information to Baker’s account, such as William Livesay[xv]
Detailed information on Baker can be found at her official websites (judythbaker.blogspot.com, judythvarybaker.blogspot.com and meandlee.com), on her Facebook pages, and at Edward T. Haslam's website (http://doctormarysmonkey.com).

Black Op Radio's Internet website provides an hour-long interview with Baker, hosted by Anita Langley, that can be heard and downloaded on the Internet. It is the only radio interview that Baker ever consented to make until 2011, when she consented to be interviewed by “Popeye” Federal Jack. See Interview # 171 Judyth Vary Baker "Lee Oswald" May 13, 2004:http://www.blackopradio.com/contents.html

An extensive video interview of Baker telling her story is available on DVD through the website www.jfkmurdersolved.com, where she is interviewed by veteran assassination researcher Jim Marrs, author of the book Crossfire, the Plot that Killed Kennedy.

Popeye with Federal Jack, Alex Jones of Coast to Coast, George Freund of Conspiracy Café, and many other radio and TV interviews suddenly became available through Baker’s trip to Toronto in 2011, with more interviews scheduled for 2012. “After that,” Baker says, “I don’t know what more I can do to vindicate that innocent man. I’ve done what I can.”

Statistical Study

One portion of Baker's claim (to have known Oswald) is no longer considered controversial by most serious researchers due to witness statements and after the publication of studies conducted by statistician Dr. John Williams, concluding that her work with Oswald at the Reily Coffee Company was pre-arranged with better than a million-to-one chances, with a 98% chance that Baker and Oswald knew each other well. Williams' statistical study was based on a number of events and correlating calendric dates that Baker and Oswald shared in New Orleans, such as being hired the same day by the same small sub-company (Standard Coffee), being transferred together a week later to the same branch of the parent company (Wm. B. Reily), the fact that Baker's supervisor ordered an ad to replace her the day Oswald was fired from Reily, that Baker's last day of work at Reily was the same day Oswald was arrested in New Orleans; that they rode the same bus, moved into their apartments the same week, moved to New Orleans the same week.  Supporting evidence that they could both speak Russian, that they arrived and left New Orleans the same months, and that witnesses have testified seeing the two together as "companions" and "lovers"
established a statistically significant connection between Oswald and Baker.  See Williams, Dr. John, "Judyth and Lee," The Dealey Plaza Echo, 2006.

It is no longer possible to list all the stories and interviews on Judyth Vary Baker. The list below refers to the earliest stories and interviews, a few reflecting instances of the initial hostility with which her story was first regarded – an attitude which no longer prevails. Miussing from this list are articles written by WC defender John McAdams, whose articles against Oswald and attacking Baker include disinformation which McAdams has refused to correct.

^ e.g. beginning with Reiter, Amy. "Love on the Grassy Knoll?" Salon.comhttp://www.salon.com/people/col/reit/1999/04/22/oswald/; Publisher's Weekly (May, 1999); later, such articles as "Woman Says She Was Oswald's Mistress" by Christ Andersonhttp://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/nov/22/woman-says-she-was-oswalds-mistress/life/ ; DERISION
§  ^ e.g., Zwaap, Rene. Een Amerikaanse held http://www.groene.nl/2003/25/De_vermeende_Kennedy-moordenaar_en_zijn_laatste_minnares(2004) RESPECT
§  ; "Lee Oswald planeaba refugiarse en Mérida" http://www.florecitayucateca.com/2006/02/28/lee-oswald-planeaba-refugiarse-en-merida/(2006) NEUTRAL  
§  Svensson, Maria. "Jag var Oswalds flickvän"http://www.dt.se/nyheter/dalarna/article253753.ece (2007) NEUTRAL
§  ^ Early Newspaper Articles About Judyth Vary Baker http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/judytharticles.htm RESPECT
§  ^ The History Channel: The Men Who Killed Kennedy: "The Love Affair," 2003, TMWKK, The Final Chapter, ep.8 The Love Affair, in 5 segments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ry3DrsN9PY&feature=PlayList&p=0ED4E37B91ABEDC4&index=0&playnext=1
§  ^ "Judyth Vary Baker" http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/judyth.htm
§  ^ "Interview with the witness - Judyth Vary Baker" http://doctormarysmonkey.com/
§  ^ Turner, Nigel. The Men Who Killed Kennedy, Episode 8, "The Love Affair" (segment one of five segments of Baker's biography on film): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ry3DrsN9PY
§  ^ "Jim Marrs and Edward T. Haslam" Video. Free. 58 minutes.http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-678503303319704937
§  ^ in both the United States and Europe. RESPECT
§  ^ e.g., DeVries, Peter. "The JFK Assassination." November 2005, Dutch National Television http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/vries.htm,
§  ^ Black Op Radio "Judyth Vary Baker with Anita Langley" http://www.blackopradio.com/contents.html  
§  ^ The Groene Amsterdamer, The Netherlands, November, 2003: http://www.groene.nl/2003/0325/rz_kennedy.html
§  ^ Lee Harvey Oswald: The True Story of the Accused Assassin of President John F. Kennedy, by His Lover (v. 1) ed. by Harrison E. Livingston, Trafford Press, 2004, www.amazon.com/Lee-Harvey-Oswald-Assassin-President/dp/1412088763/ref=sid_dp_dp
§  ^ Interview with History, by Pam Ray, Author House 2009, http://books.google.com/books
§  ^ The Radical Right and the Murder of John F. Kennedy by Harrison E. Livingstone, Trafford, 2006.
§  ^ e.g. Dr. John Delane Williams and Kelly Thomas Cousins, "Judyth and Lee in New Orleans,"Dealey Plaza Echo, Vo. 11, no. 1, March 2007, pp. 24-42
§  ^ http://www.namebase.org/sources/WY.html Central Intelligence Agency. Report on Plots to Assassinate Fidel Castro. Text dated 25 April 1967; cover memorandum by the Inspector General dated 23 May 1967. 133 pages. This report classified "Secret -- Eyes Only," was declassified after Congress ordered a government-wide review of material relating to the JFK assassination. It was sent to the National Archives in November 1993....relates CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro, which included poisoned cigars and poison-tipped ballpoint pens, an exploding sea shell, a skin-diving suit dusted with fungus, a chemical to make his beard fall out, and botulin pills that one technician "tested on monkeys and found they did the job expected of them."
§  ^ Dr. Mary's Monkey, by Edward T. Haslam, Trine Day, 2007, p. 287-290
§  ^ MACOHI (Manatee County High School Newspaper) front page article, Oct. 1957 issue
§  ^ "The Story of Judyth Vary Baker, The Woman who cracked the US Govt. White Wash" by Jim Phelps (Oak Ridge scientist) http://www.doewatch.com/jb.html RESPECT
§  ^ MACOHI (Manatee County High School Newspaper) article,Fall 1960 issue
§  ^ Ref: contemporary newspaper articles "Judyth" jfkmurdersolved.com; also judythvarybaler.com
§  ^ "Senior Attends National Meet with Scientists" April, 1961:http://www.judythvarybaker.com/docs/1961%2004%2014%20Macohi%20Senior%20attends.htm
§  ^ Wilds & Harkey, "Surgeon of the South" 1990, p. 136.
§  ^ Ochsner, as the former ACS President (1952), with his friends Dr. Harold S. Diehl (then current Vice President of the ACS, in charge of research) and Dr. George Moore testified in several courtcases about links between smoking and lung cancer. Viz: Wor1d Conference on Smoking and Health"... "Tobacco and Cancer, American Cancer Society ..." dale.ckm.ucsf.edu:8080/o/a/i/oai13f00/Soai13f00.pdf
§  ^ Ochsner told the New Orleans States Item: "We must spread the warning of the creeping sickness of communism faster to Latin Americas, and to our own people, or Central and South America will be exposed to the same sickness as Cuba." (16th April, 1963)http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=10662
§  ^ quote from the History Channel Documentary The Men Who Killed Kennedy, "The Love Affair," Episode 8, November, 2003.
§  ^ E.G., Edward T. Haslam, Jim Marrs, Edgar Tatro, Nigel Turner, Wim Dankbaar, Martin Shackelford, Peter DeVries, Howard Liebengood, Harrison Livingston.
§  ^ "The Love Affair" Episode 8 of The History Channel documentary series, The Men Who Killed Kennedy,segment 5,: http:// Explorar / Vídeos / TMWKK, The Final Chapter, ep.8 The Love Affair, seg.5ca.netlog.com/go/explore/videos/videoid=566086

External links

§  JudythVaryBaker.blogspot.com
§  JudythBaker.bl.ogspot.com

Adapted from a biography filled with inaccuracies created by Warren Commission defenders and removed from Wikipedia after Baker’s book was published:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judyth_Vary_Baker

[i] Baker returns to the United States in November, 2012 for an extensive series of new interviews and appearances in her ongoing crusade to vindicate Oswald, at which time she will attend the premiere of a play featuring Baker and Oswald’s affair, The Sniper’s Nest (by playwright Lisa Soland). 

[ii] Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. V. 71 (1961) p. 71
[iii] The university of Florida UF was Smathers’ alma mater.  He had established a medical research hospital (Shands) on UF’s campus and had brought in a flood of funding for scientific research. Smathers had previously offered to arrange a full scholarship for Baker at UF, which she had declined, choosing to return to Indiana, her home state, for her college education.
[iv] Dr. Kathleen Santi, at that time ready to leave UF for medical studies at Emory University school of Medicine, has stated that she remembers Baker telling her she was “going to go to Tulane” when she announced she was leaving UF “forever.” When her boyfriend, Robert Baker, learned of her decision to leave UF, he told her would come to New Orleans and marry her. Baker, unsure of her fiance’s sincerity, decided to keep her future plans to herself. “I wanted to see if he’d actually come,” she says. “He didn’t want his parents to know, as he was supposed to spend the summer working in their real estate office. He knew they’d be angry if he left, so he convinced them that he wanted to work in New Orleans in a geology-related job. They were relieved, since they were convinced their son’s degree in English was worthless.”  Robert did show up –a day late.  However, he’d arranged matters so he had only one day to spend with his new wife, after which he worked for most of the summer offshore. Knowing his new wife would be upset with him, he refrained from giving her any contact information. “I realized I had done something really stupid by marrying Robert,” Baker recalls. “But hormones had blinded me, and it was the only way to get birth control pills!”
[v] Evidence for Ochsner’s role in the project is chronicled in Edward T. Haslam’s book, Dr. Mary’s Monkey (Trine Day, 2007 and 2013).
[vi] Also attested to by Dr. Michael Kurtz, now a professor of history in Louisiana, who as a student observed Oswald and Banister working together on college campuses, as first reported in his book Crime of the Century.
[vii] Newspaper articles indicate Ochsner was in South America at this time.  Dr. Sherman may have been with him, since she was the only major staff member who spoke fluent Spanish, was not married and who could without family obligations.
[viii] As reported in Ochsner’s official biography, Surgeon of the South. Also, researcher Jim Dieugenio writes: Sarah Stewart and Bernice Eddy were two of the most respected and advanced cancer researchers in America who worked, among other places, at the National Institute for Health. Second, they were trying to prove that cancer could be transferred by a virus. Third, they were both around during the famous Salk/Sabin "sugar cube" mass inoculation for polio in the fifties. Although this is usually hailed as a triumph over polio, what many people do not know is that several children died right after getting the vaccine. As Haslam puts it: "Within days, children fell sick from polio, some were crippled, some died." (pgs 203-204) One of the children who died was the grandson of Dr. Alton Ochsner who championed the vaccine against some doubts in high places about its safety. This is why Sabin had to refine the vaccine after its initial release.
The doubts were articulated later on by Bernice Eddy. As Haslam notes,
The vaccine's manufacturers had grown their polioviruses on the kidneys of monkeys. And when they removed the poliovirus from the monkey's kidneys. They also removed an unknown number of other monkey viruses. The more they looked, the more they found. (p. 207)
In 1960, Eddy, who had harbored suspicions about these viruses and the vaccine, went public with her fears. At a talk in New York she stated that she had studied the monkey kidney cells used in the formation of the polio vaccine and found they were infected with cancer-causing viruses. As Haslam notes, "This was tantamount to forecasting an epidemic of cancer in America." (Ibid) As documented by Edward Shorter in The Health Century, Eddy suffered professionally from her public warning. Quoting Shorter, "Her treatment became a scandal within the scientific community." (p. 208)
But right after this, Haslam presents several statistical charts and graphs (pgs 210-216), which present fairly convincing evidence that the Salk/Sabin vaccine may have caused more deaths than it cured. He outlines, at the very least, a provocative statistical case that the monkey viruses were behind a high growth in soft tissue cancers: lung, breast, prostate, lymphoma, and melanoma of the skin.

[x] See the book Me & Lee for extensive references on this matter.

TWO J’S –ONE PARTIALLY ERASED—WERE VISIBLE IN 2000Originally all three J’s on these time cards were visible. This copy, straight from the National Archives (2000), shows an apparent erasure of one “J” WITH ANOTHER “J” PARTIALLY ERASED, WITH A THIRD “J” STILL INTACT.. J’s on several other time cards, as seen above, are clear and legible. However, by 2012, all the J’s were missing on the time cards on display at the Mary Ferrell Foundation website.  Fortunately, a certified copy of the unaltered time cards, signed and dated by National Archive archivists, were seen by dozens of researchers before the J’s vanished on the cards as shown in the Marty Ferrell collection (a site widely accessed and trusted by researchers).  Hostile commentators have since tried to claim that Judyth’s initial was only on ‘a couple’ of the time cards, when in fact they could be seen in 2000 on five of the eleven, and, demonstrably, had been present on six of Oswald’s eleven time cards.  Baker had to sign off on Oswald’s time cards often as the Vice President’s floor secretary on credit, security and field sales, because Oswald’s time cards had been sent over for inspection and approval or denial of paycheck by the Personnel Department over concerns for erratic hours as recorded. Oswald was on time only once in 11 weeks of work at Reily, once checking out so late that his time-out was recorded as “the next day.” (7:32 PM) Judyth’s initial and “made 40” cleared Oswald’s record and kept him from being fired. In actuality, Oswald was attending meetings and frequently doing courier work on Reily time, which had to be hidden, with the cooperation of Monaghan (a former FBI agent) and Judyth, by approving Oswald’s erratic time cards. See Baker’s book Me & Lee for more details.
[xii] Initially, Baker was afraid to mention that she had done more than simply pick up blood samples for Ochsner, concerned with being charged as an accomplice to murder. “I had nobody I could trust with that kind of information,” she explained.
[xiii] Much ado about nothing” occurred when Internet critics claiming Oswald killed Kennedy joined forces to ddiscredit her by focusing on just one word –“Cancun.”  The word was written “Cancun” instead of “Kankun” in “Baker’s” first book, which was actually written by Dr. Howard Platzman from emails and comments supplied by Baker and supplemented by a ‘teaser’ manuscript largely rewritten by Baker’s first literary agent, who corrected “Kankun” to the modernized spelling “Cancun” as the meeting place for baker and Oswald. Located near Chichen-Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula, Oswald told baker they had expectations of staying at “a fine hotel” near there. According to Baker, and in fact supported by researchers Martin Shackelford and by Dr. Platzman, Baker originally said the village was spelled “Kankun” and was near a landing strip where a plane to be supplied by Alexander Rorke and his pilot would carry her from Eglin AFB, Florida. But Rorke’s plane was shot down the day Oswald entered Mexico, and Baker was unable to rejoin Oswald in Mexico as originally planned.
Critics who stated that Cancun did not exist at the time and there were no fine hotels in that area in 1963 were answered when a reader of the accusations, Debra Burt, discovered that indeed a fine hotel existed near Chichen-Itza (the Mayaland Hotel, built in the 1930’s, still a beautiful hotel, and in full operation today); further, other researchers, including Shackelford, found the area on maps in 1963 spelled as “Kankun”—which, in fact, is why the Mexican government decided to call their new resort city in the same area “Cancun.” Though all of this is now well known to researchers, the Warren Commission supporters attempting to discredit Baker still bring up “Cancun” as “evidence” that Baker was untruthful and have refused to post the new information vindicating her.  In response, a group called Vindication for Judyth Vary Baker was begun on Facebook to answer such false charges. The page has hundreds of members today.
Baker: “If a “researcher” tells you that “Cancun” did not exist in 1963 and there were no fine hotels there, then you know you’re talking to a dishonest person intent on persuading the public that Oswald killed Kennedy. These disinformation agents infest the Internet like worms.”
Written 22 Nov. --same day Oswald was arrested.
[xv] William Livesay describes being part of a medical experiment as a prisoner
at Jackson :
-----Original Message-----
From: William Livesay [mailto:bestofferrealty@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2004 5:51 AM
To: Judyth Vary Baker
Subject: Re: re Angola
Hi. I was in New Orleans Parish Prison for nearly a year awaiting trial in 1962, then sent to Angola from 1963-5. Then transferred to La. Correctional & Industrial School at DeQuincy, a smaller institution for first offenders. There my Life sentence was cut to 15 years & I was paroled in 1968.  While at Angola  several others & I volunteered for medical experiments to be held at Jackson. There were 8 or 10 in my group to board the bus to the hospital. The only 2 names I remember are Dan Robertson & a guy with the last name of Mayes. After we were there for 4-5 days, Mayes walked out of the ward one night after seeing one of the hospital orderlies come in from outside & forgetting to lock the door. The next morning the bus came & took us all back to Angola.  I remember we were given some pills every morning but I have no idea what the experiment was about .I learned  later that half of us were given medicine & the other half were given placebos.  Several years later I went to New Orleans at the request of Dan Robertson to testify on his behalf in a lawsuit he had brought against the State (or possibly the hospital) to show that the pills he took during that brief stay had caused him mental problems. I remember the doctor from Jackson testifying also about the experiment. wrote:If I can help further please let me know. Sincerely, Bill Livesay