Investigations: Dear Ma

Pieces from the nomadic, neurotic past of Lee Harvey Oswald were still being filled in. Among them were copies of 15 letters Oswald had written to his mother, Mrs. Marguerite Oswald, in 1961-62, when he was in Russia, where he unsuccessfully sought Soviet citizenship, and married a Russian girl named Marina Prusakova. What the letters mostly proved was that Oswald was not much on grammar, spelling or punctuation. Excerpts:

> "If you decided to send a package please send the following; One can Rise shaving cream (one razor (Gillet). Pocket novels westerns and scienace fiction—TIME or Newsweek magazine....

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