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Friday, 25 November 2016

Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald was born in New Orleans on October 18, 1939, two months after his father died.

At age 17 in October 1956, Oswald joined the U.S. Marines, as had his brother Robert. Oswald received a hardship discharge (for mother's health) in 1959 to quit the Marines, but defected to the Soviet Union for nearly three years.

Lee Harvey Oswald. Photo taken in Minsk. Commission Exhibit No. 2892

Having married Marina, the daughter of a Soviet security official, Oswald defected back to the U.S. with her and their daughter, in June 1962.

After a sniper assassinated John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Oswald was arrested for the murder of police officer J. D. Tippit who had been shot on a Dallas street shortly after the president was killed.

He quickly became the prime suspect in the murder of President Kennedy, but denied shooting anyone. Oswald claimed he was a "patsy" as he'd lived in the Soviet Union.

Oswald being led from the Texas Theatre following his arrest

The FBI was investigating Marina Oswald at the time as a possible Soviet spy.

On November 24, 1963, Oswald was fatally shot by nightclub owner Jack Ruby, while being moved from police headquarters to the county jail.

Due to a lack of family and friends in attendance at his funeral, the pallbearer's of Lee Harvey Oswald's casket were reporters.

In 1964, the Warren Commission concluded that Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy, a conclusion reached previously by the FBI and Dallas Police.

Lee Harvey Oswald still owes an overdue bookThe Shark and the Sardines by Juan José Arévalo – to Dallas public library.

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