Nightmare in Dallas: The Babushka Lady Hardcover – Oct 25 1994
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Not a single one of her allegations meets the "Truth Test" upon closer examination. VIncent Bugliosi outlines the problems with her cr4edibility very effectively in "Reclaiming History":
1. Beverly Oliver never told a soul about the events of that day in Dallas until 1970--seven years after the fact. She allegedly FILMED the assassination, had her film STOLEN by an FBI agent, and yet she never told her parents, not a boyfriend, a roommate, a co-worker, a newspaper reporter, a police officer, no one. For seven years her voice was never heard and her name was totally unknown within the assassination research community until 1970 when she suddenly emerged on the assassination research scene.
2. Oliver claims that her camera was a Super-8 Yashika home movie camera. Assassination researcher Jerry Ruffner contacted the Yashica corporation and learned that the camera Oliver claimed to be using that day in 1963 wasn't on the [U.S.] market until 1969--six full years after the assassination occurred.Read more ›
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Abraham Zapruder's film of President Kennedy's assassination shows a woman wearing a long coat, with a scarf on her head, who was also filming the presidential parade with her movie camera. She was not asked to testify in the Warren Commission investigation, nor did the police or FBI interview her at the time of the assassination, even though one of police officers at the scene of the assassination recognized her and knew her as a friend of his wife's. In 1977, she was interviewed extensively by two representatives of the House Select Committee investigating the assassination, but she was subsequently not required to testify before the Committee. At long last, her story was published in 1994, in this book titled "Nightmare in Dallas."
Beverly Oliver was standing across from the Texas Book Depository, and she started her movie camera as the President's car made the turn onto Elm Street. She kept filming as his car passed in front of her and the fatal shots were fired. She had not had the film developed when two nights later, two FBI men appeared at her work to take the film from her. What happened to her film has not been discovered, although unsuccessful attempts have been made to retrieve it from the government.
Beverly Oliver's story includes little that is not already known about the Kennedy assassination, but her story gives credence to those who have told their stories before her. She met Lee Harvey Oswald at Jack Ruby's night club, when Jack Ruby introduced him to her as a friend "who's with the CIA." She also saw David Ferrie on numerous occasions at Jack Ruby's bar. She states that Jack Ruby had a strong dislike for John Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy, although he admired Jacqueline Kennedy. She claims that the shots that killed President Kennedy were fired from the fence on the grassy knoll.
Her story also includes the disappearance of Jada, one of Jack Ruby's strippers, which Beverly Oliver believes was not because Jada had left for a new job in New Orleans. Jada had been interviewed by newspaper reporters who printed her quotes about how Jack Ruby had introduced her to Oswald a few weeks before the assassination. A few days after the assassination, Beverly found that all of Jada's costumes were being sold and she was reassured by the bar manager that Jada would not be needing them any longer. Obviously, Jada was no longer working as a stripper. But what happened to Jada is not explained, or is still not known. It seems to me that if someone was getting rid of everyone who saw or met Oswald at Jack Ruby's bar, there would have been a lot more people who would have disappeared, including Beverly Oliver.
At the end of the book is an interesting chapter, called "The Fake Ruby?" While the reader is assured that there are credible witnesses to the fact that Jack Ruby was dead years before this incident, no explanation is given about why this impostor claimed to be Jack Ruby.
Beverly Oliver's story is told in the third-person, probably by Coke Buchanan the co-author. The facts about the assassination are interwoven in the story of Beverly Oliver's life as if some facts of her life are more important than what she knows about the assassination of a president.
Beverly Oliver's story begins when she was 15 years old, sneaking out of her parents' Garland, Texas home, in an attempt to start her career as a singer in the shady world of Dallas nightclubs, where she met Jack Ruby. Besides her filming the JFK assassination when she was only 17 years old, the facts of her life which are covered in the book include: She was an unwed teenage mother and gave her baby daughter up for adoption in 1962. -- She was a singer in the Colony Club nightclub and often hung out in Jack Ruby's nearby club, the Carousel. -- She had an her affair with a married man, who was often at the night club. -- She was a friend and companion of Jack Ruby. -- She married a gambler, who apparently unknown to her, was suspected of being a gangster and a murderer. He threatened her life one time when she tried to tell his friends what she had witnessed of JFK's assassination. He later was murdered. -- She was addicted to heroin during her marriage to the gambler, but was cured of her addiction when she found comfort in religion. -- She married a minister and joined him in his ministry on the road. -- Her second child died of a sudden illness and her third child suffered from a mysterious serious illness. -- She contributed to Oliver Stone's movie about the JFK assassination. --
I have few criticisms of this book. I would have preferred a different writing style, such as a presentation of the hard facts in a more concise manner, than a romanticized version of the author's life interspersed with quotes from John Kennedy and imaginative writing about what he was doing that fateful day. Also, I would have preferred a first-person narrative, with more of the author's feelings and her understanding of the events, balanced with researched statements of other facts that correspond to her story. A critical deficit is that this book lacks an index, which makes it hard to locate the important events, names, dates, and places.
The reader is led through a winding tale of Beverly Oliver's life, without much resolution to many questions. Her naiveté about what was really going on is somewhat understandable based on how young she was. I think the most important unanswered question is "Why was she there that day filming the President's assassination?" Her location on the parade route was certainly an important one, being that she had a perfect view of the assassination. Not many people had a movie camera in those days, yet she had a brand new, experimental model that was supposedly given to her as a gift by her married boyfriend.
I would love to talk to Beverly Oliver and find out what she really knows about the assassination of John Kennedy, and the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby.
here's the juicy stuff........
Mrs. Oliver not only knew Jack Ruby, (she worked for him), but she also claims that Ruby knew Oswald. Beverely comes out in the movie JFK. she is interviewed and then says she won't testify. in real life, she didn't speak with Garrison, but she did know Ruby and Oswald.
Beverely Oliver, aka The Babushka Lady, was present in Dealey Plaza the day JFK was shot. we know this throught over dozens and dozens of photos taken that day. in the photos taken that day, one of which is the front cover of the book, shows her taking film of the JFK assassination. a couple of days after the killing, the film was taken by an FBI man. she identified that man as FBI Agent Reggis Kennedy, who denied it.
Thirdly, and most importantly is that she knows who killed JFK, and it wasn't Oswald. i want to say, but i can't. read this book.
she says exaclty who killed JFK and who the shooter was, because she knew him, and he knew her.
I recently re-read her book, and I gleaned more details than I did reading it the first time. There is just so much to this assassination - it's still the biggest crime mystery that touches on almost every aspect of society. And Massegee's book gives an important eyewitness account, from seeing Oswald and Ferrie with Ruby in the Carousel before the assassination to being another eyewitness who thought at least one shot came from the grassy knoll area and recognizing Roscoe White at the grassy knoll scene.
Her description of the Dallas underworld scene was revealing. For decades, those like former DA Henry Wade denied organized crime existed in Dallas. That myth has been shattered. Though she knew Ruby well, she didn't know if he was an actual Mafia member or just associated with some. Same with Oswald being a CIA agent or just knowing CIA agents. That's how the mob and CIA largely operate - through intrinsic, complicated webs that provide cover to mask public disclosure. I grew up near White Rock Lake and didn't hear about murder weapons thrown in there, though that's entirely possible. And it's chilling to think bodies are dumped in Lake Texoma, where I had summer scout camps.
she came out in the movie JFK. the girl at the Carousel Club. but anyway, Mrs. Oliver's book is very interesting. She talks about...........okay, i don't want to ruin the book for you. go and check it out in the Library or buy it. you won't be dissapointed.