Judyth Vary Baker was born South Bend, Indiana, is an American artist, writer, poet and social scientist specializing in linguistics. She is the author of Me & Lee: How I came to know, love and lose Lee Harvey Oswald, which is an underground best seller. Her newest book is David Ferrie, Mafia Pilot and Key to the Kennedy Assassination.
When Judyth was 16, her abilities in science were first recognized when she invented a modified method for obtaining magnesium from seawater. But her dream was to cure cancer after her beloved grandmother, Anna Whiting, died of breast cancer in 1954. Judyth’s work in cancer research as a teen attracted national attention and widespread support, culminating in inducing lung cancer in mice, using tobacco aerosols and radiation, in only seven days — a feat that had not been accomplished, at the time, in the nation’s top laboratories.
Newspaper articles chronicled her work, which was investigated, then mentored, by three doctors noted for their crusade linking cancer to tobacco products: Dr. Alton Ochsner of Ochsner Clinic, Dr. Harold Diehl (Vice President of Research of the American Cancer Society), and Dr. George Moore, Director of Roswell Park Institute for Cancer Research. These doctors, along with Nobel Prize winners Dr. Harold Urey and Sir Robert Robinson, gave Judyth assistance and and training, with a focus on melanoma and cancer viruses, described in newspaper articles as an assignment “to make cancer more deadly…” The argument was that enhancing cancer growth could be a key to controlling it.
After nearly two years of training at Roswell Park Institute, in laboratories in Indiana, and at the University of Florida, Dr. Ochsner invited Judyth to work with noted cancer specialist Dr. Mary S. Sherman in New Orleans. After the ‘summer internship’ she was promised early entry into Tulane Medical School. However, she was steered into a biological warfare project aimed to eliminate Cuba’s Fidel Castro, directed by Ochsner, whose organization, INCA, was famed for its anti-communist zeal.
Author Edward T. Haslam has linked a linear particle accelerator that Baker said was involved in the project to Drs. Ochsner and Sherman, through a detailed study of Dr. Sherman’s brutal, unsolved murder on July 21, 1964, the day the Warren Commission came to New Orleans to obtain testimonies. During this same time period, Baker met and fell in love with Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
Witnesses and a mass of documentation support Judyth’s efforts in what she describes as a crusade “to clear Oswald’s name of a crime he didn’t commit, and to reveal the cancer treatment industry’s crimes. “They could have cured cancer decades ago — but that would have ruined their cash cow.,” Says Judyth. Due to death threats as a whistler-blower, Judyth is forced to live overseas, though she returns periodically to continue her crusade.
“Everything you’ve been told about Lee Oswald by the government is false,” she states. “Lee actually saved Kennedy’s life in Chicago. The full truth is in my book Me & Lee, which has become an underground best seller.” A History Channel documentary “The Love Affair” (2003) is available on YouTube. Me & Lee: How I came to know, love and lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Trine day, 2010), and Judyth’s new book, David Ferrie: Mafia Pilot (Trine day, 2014), along with her many appearances on TV, radio and Internet have created a following of supporters who, she says “now understand how they’ve been lied to by the government — and they want justice for John F. Kennedy, for Lee Oswald, and for those who suffer from cancer.
I want everybody to know that the government weaponized cancer back in 1963, that the government has patented cures for cancer — but cancer treatment is such a profitable industry that a cure for cancer is always last in line for funding.” She states that Oswald was working for the FBI, and had been loaned to the CIA from the Office of Naval Intelligence, to keep watch over the cancer project “that was being developed to kill Castro, whose death by a weaponized form of lung cancer could be called a ‘death by natural causes’ — because previous methods tried by the CIA had all failed.”
Oswald’s job was to identify pro-Castro spies in New Orleans, and his “pro-Castro activities,” Judyth says, “were to make him look like a harmless pro-Castro fool.” Judyth joins former Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden in confirming that Oswald was the informant named “Lee” who saved Kennedy’s life in Chicago three weeks prior to the assassination. “I spoke of Lee’s attempts to save JFK a decade before Abraham’s story reached the public.”
In 2003, Judyth was filmed saying Oswald called the operation to kill Kennedy “The Big Event,” several years prior to CIA’s E. Howard Hunt identifying the CIA operation to kill Kennedy by the same name. For a number of such reasons, Judyth’s claims are being more widely supported than when she first spoke out, except by those defending the Warren Commission’s conclusions, which Baker calls “an obsolete failure and an odious obstruction of justice for both Kennedy and Oswald.”
Judyth says she was ejected from the project to kill Castro because of her ethical objections to use one or more prisoners who had volunteered to test the deadly, SV-40 derived cancer bio-weapon. “They wouldn’t have volunteered to be tested for something that would kill them, if it was successful,” she states. After she was forced to return to Florida, Judyth was placed in a high-end chemistry laboratory, Peninsular ChemResearch, to temporarily hide her being “blackballed” from cancer research. She was then forced to leave the field altogether.
Judyth says she and Oswald kept in touch after her return to Florida, and that they planned to divorce (both had unhappy marriages), but first, Oswald had to deliver the material, after it was successfully tested, to a contact in Mexico City. When the contact failed to show, Oswald suspected that he had been lured to Mexico City. Bitter over being banned from cancer research, and their plans to marry delayed when Oswald was ordered back to Dallas, Judyth was devastated when she saw Oswald shot on live TV. Judyth says Oswald was part of an “abort team” that he described to her only 37 ½ hours before the Kennedy assassination. When Baker told researcher Jim Marrs about the “abort team” in late 1999 or early 2000, at this time only a handful of insiders knew of its existence.
In 2000 Baker was nearly filmed three times by Sixty Minutes in a 14-month investigation that Sixty Minutes’ founder, Don Hewitt, said was the most expensive investigation in the history of the program at that time. He stated to C-Span that “the door was slammed in our faces.” But then Gerry Hemming, a legendary name in Kennedy assassination research, met Judyth, who gave him “insider information” that impressed him so much that he asked British documentary maker Nigel Turner to film her. “The Love Affair” [Episode 8: “The Men Who Killed Kennedy”] was aired by The History Channel in Nov. 2003, but none of Baker’s living witnesses were included. Episode 9 [“The Guilty Men”] quickly generated lawsuit threats from former Pres. Lyndon Johnson’s widow, and two former Presidents: all three new episodes [7-8-9] were quickly banned, and The History Channel apologized to the Johnson’s. Over the next few years, all of the other segments of The Men Who Killed Kennedy filmed by Turner, aired for over a decade on the History Channel, were also removed. “Mr. Turner has now vanished,” Judyth said. “He’s obviously been told to shut up. This happens to many brave souls who dare reveal the truth.”
In 2012, a 3-act play by noted playwright Lisa Soland [“The Sniper’s Nest”], based on Me & Lee, began production in the United States and overseas. In 2014, Me & Lee was issued as an audiobook. Judyth, who has lived mostly overseas since 2003 due to death threats, has been hosted by supporters in nation-wide book tours in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014, she was asked to host and direct The JFK Assassination Conference (held in Dallas/Arlington Nov. 22-23-24), which was financed by numerous donations from supporters.
Judyth’s poetry is collected into two books: When the Clouds Came Flying By (for children) and A Dangerous Thing to Do (available on Kindle) She was co-author of a three-act play, Castles in the Sky, with John MacLean, for the Texas regional LDS Sesquicentennial. She also composes music. In 1976, Judyth’s name was one of those placed on the Bicentennial Monument in Stafford, Texas for civic service. Her oil and mixed-media paintings, logos and lithographs sell worldwide.
Judyth was married to Robert A. Baker, III in Mobile, Alabama in 1963. They had five children between 1968-1978: Baker says David Ferrie “warned me not to speak of what I knew, if I wished to stay alive. I was told to be ‘a vanilla girl.'” She thus remained silent for 35 years. Then, when Baker’s last child left home Dec. 26, 1998. she began writing a series of letters for her son to publish. “I felt guilty,” she says, “after seeing the film ‘JFK.’ I had promised Lee I would tell his children the truth about him. I had to do it.”
Since then, Judyth has continued to gain support as researchers meet her and familiarize themselves with her account. Today, Judyth lives in various countries overseas. “I regret that I haven’t been able to be a grandma and great-grandma,” she says. “Some of my family has not forgiven me for speaking out.” Judyth is currently working on three more books – one about Lee Harvey Oswald’s writings (Tentative Title: The Mind of Lee Harvey Oswald –Trine Day, 2015) one about her close friend, Lt. Col. Dan Marvin [a green Beret who worked as an assassin for the CIA] and a third book about social systems and linguistics.
“I hope to also find time to get some novels and short stories published more widely, too, God willing!” she says. “But first, Lee Oswald’s name must be cleared, and we must wake up the public to demand a real cure for cancer that doesn’t involve expensive –and often useless– chemotherapy.” Judyth can be contacted on Facebook at “Judyth Baker” or by writing Trine Day Publishers.