By Thomas Mallon
Approximately 40 years have handed when you consider that Ruth Hyde Paine, a Quaker housewife in suburban Dallas, provided guard and tips to a tender guy named Lee Harvey Oswald and his Russian spouse, Marina. For 9 months in 1963, Mrs. Paine used to be so deeply inquisitive about the Oswalds' lives that she finally turned one of many Warren Com-
mission's most crucial witnesses.
Mrs. Paine's Garage is the tragic tale of a well-intentioned girl who came across Oswald the task that placed him six flooring above Dealey Plaza--into which, on November 22, he fired a rifle he'd saved hidden inside of Mrs. Paine's residence. yet this can be additionally a story of survival and resiliency: the tale of a religious, open-hearted lady who weathered a whirlwind of research, suspicion, and betrayal, and who refused to permit her enmeshment within the calamity of that November to overwhelm her personal existence.
Thomas Mallon supplies us a traumatic account of generosity and secrets and techniques, of suppressed stories and tragic might-have-beens, of coincidences extra eerie than conspiracy concept. His booklet is in contrast to the other paintings that has been released at the homicide of President Kennedy.
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These prepared to determine the operation of such forces in the international may possibly now flip their minds again to castle worthy at the morning of the assassination. The Kennedys had the evening earlier than arrived at their lodge, too tired from an afternoon of campaigning to take a lot become aware of of the paintings—the Eakins, the Monet, the Van Gogh—that the city’s small artwork institution had hung of their suite. purely upon waking did the 1st girl become aware of simply what used to be right here. discovering a two-page catalog of the express, she confirmed it to the President, who steered they phone one of many 5 humans credited on the backside. They picked the 1st identify, Mrs. J. Lee Johnson III, daughter of the newspaper writer and artwork collector Amon Carter. hence, as William Manchester says in his account of the incident within the loss of life of a President, Mrs. Johnson, domestic that day caring for a unwell baby, “became the stunned recipient of John Kennedy’s final mobilephone name. ” Years later, in Oswald’s story, Norman Mailer quoted Manchester’s account and extra his personal extremely joyful observation upon destiny: Mrs. J. Lee Johnson III! One has to monitor that her married identify bears the 1st preliminary of J. Edgar Hoover, has Lee within the heart, and ends with the final identify of the President who will be successful Jack Kennedy. (As an advantage, her maiden identify is Carter. ) possibly the cosmos loves to strew coincidences round the rim of the funnel into which huge occasions are converging. Mailer really didn’t recognize the part. within the fall of 2000, whilst I spoke with Ruth (yes) Carter Stevenson—later existence has provided her with one other approximately presidential name—she remembered the morning of November 22 rather well: “I approximately fell during the mobile. ” The convey, she explains, begun with: a press photographer, Owen Davis, i feel his identify was once, Owen anything, who concept up the belief. Then Sam Cantey took it over, and that i received within the act, and that i went round picking out up artistic endeavors far and wide to take down there. And from my very own apartment and from the Basses and from the Weiners and odds and ends and areas. . . . Did she herself aid set issues up on the inn Texas? I ask. “Hell, definite, i used to be over there! They’d simply washed all of the carpets and we have been all in stockinged ft. ” Mrs. Stevenson used to be on established floor; her brother and sister-in-law, through the first weeks in their marriage, whereas anticipating their very own condominium to be prepared, had lived within the suite now being ready for the Kennedys. This related couple, in a while, had hired a neighborhood girl, Mrs. Marguerite Oswald, as a babysitter, until eventually they determined she was once too strange a personality and, as Mrs. Stevenson places it, “discontinued” her. on the time of the assassination, Mrs. Oswald, who had angrily failed at a number of of retail jobs, used to be operating as a realistic nurse. On November 21, a mystery Serviceman who checked out the haul of artwork being introduced into the inn remarked to Mrs. Stevenson: “It’s type of helpful, isn’t it? ” She remembers telling him, “Yes, yet we don’t fear approximately such things as that right here in citadel worthy.