Lee Harvey Oswald
1939 - 1963
Lee Harvey Oswald had an unexceptional life until the fateful
day of November 22, 1963 when he allegedly assassinated
President John F. Kennedy. Two days after the momentous event
Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby, before he could be tried. A year
later the Warren Commission, headed by Chief Justice Earl
Warren, reported that Oswald was the lone assassin of President
Kennedy. That assertion is still the centre of much controversy
as many believe the assassination was a conspiracy.
Harvey Oswald was born on October 18, 1939 in New Orleans,
Louisiana. He was named Lee after his father, Robert E. Lee
Oswald; Harvey was his grand-mother's maiden name. His father
was an insurance premium collector who died of a heart attack
just two months before Oswald was born. His mother, Marguerite
Claverie Oswald, was left as a single mother with two young sons
and a third on the way. The family experienced financial
difficulties and the children were placed in the New Orleans
Evangelical Lutheran Bethlehem Orphanage. Oswald lived in the
orphanage for over a year, though he visited his mother and
other relatives regularly.
In 1944 Oswald's mother married Edwin A. Ekdahl, an electrical
engineer. She and the children moved to Fort Worth, Texas.
Ekdahl treated the Oswald boys as if they were his own and he
was the only father that Lee Harvey Oswald ever knew. In 1945
the two older Oswald boys were sent to a military academy.
Ekdahl travelled a lot on business, leaving Lee Harvey Oswald
alone with his mother. This relatively stable family life only
lasted a few years, since his mother divorced Ekdahl in 1948.
For the rest of his childhood, Oswald and his mother moved
frequently. By the age of ten Oswald had attended six different
schools. He was diagnosed with dyslexia, a reading disorder, and
did poorly in school.
Because of these problems Oswald often skipped school. In 1952
school officials sent him to the New York City Youth House for
truancy. Initial assessments at the Youth House indicated that
Oswald was withdrawn, socially maladjusted, not properly cared
for at home, and in need of psychiatric care. At the age of 16
Oswald was released from the Youth House and placed on
probation. He was ordered to go to the Big Brothers organization
for counselling, which he did not do.
Throughout his childhood, Oswald showed signs of aggressive
behaviour. He often fought at school. Once he threatened his
brother and sister-in-law with a knife. At the age of 16 he
wanted to quit school and join the Marines, but was still too
young. He obtained a false affidavit from his mother stating
that he was 17 years old, but it did not pass and Oswald had to
wait a year. While he was waiting he studiously read the "Marine
Manual" which he got from his brother. He also had a few
part-time jobs working as a messenger boy.
On October 24, 1956, at the age of 17, Oswald was still in the
tenth grade. However, he was finally old enough to join the
Marines. He signed up for a three-year tour of duty and was
assigned to the Second Training Battalion in San Diego for boot
camp and then sent to Camp Pendleton for advanced infantry
combat training. He was also trained in radar, aircraft
surveillance, and aviation electronics.
Oswald was first assigned to Yokosuka, Japan, near Tokyo, to
work as a radar operator. His job was to direct aircraft to
their targets by radar and radio communication. He was also
responsible for scouting for incoming foreign aircraft. Oswald
was considered a loner and did not get along well with his
fellow Marines. He also had trouble with military authority and
was court-martialled twice. In the first incident Oswald
purchased a .22-caliber handgun and wounded himself in the left
arm while playing with the gun. He was charged with having an
unregistered weapon and demoted from private first class to
private, as well as fined $50 and sentenced to 20 days hard
labour. The second incident occurred a few months later when he
used profanity in an argument with an off-duty technical
sergeant. Oswald was drinking at the Bluebird Cafe in Yamato and
he accidentally spilled a drink on the sergeant. This led to an
altercation during which Oswald insulted the superior officer.
For this second infraction he was fined $55 and sentenced to 28
days in military prison. Oswald ended his military career three
months early by applying for a hardship discharge to care for
Defected to Soviet Union
Oswald became interested in Communism when he was in the ninth
grade and began reading library books on the subject. While in
the military, Oswald openly expressed his views on Communism and
taught himself Russian. According to Gerald Posner in Case
Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, Oswald
told his brother that he believed "Communism was the wave of the
future." After finishing his three-year tour of duty, Oswald was
expected to spend three more years as an inactive reserve. He
was not allowed to travel abroad during this time without a good
reason, so he applied to a liberal arts college in Switzerland.
He lied on the application and was accepted. This allowed him to
apply for a passport. Upon leaving the Marines, Oswald travelled
to Europe and eventually ended up in Moscow. Once in Russia, he
contacted Richard E. Snyder, the United States consul, to
renounce his United States citizenship. He publicly made
anti-American statements and applied for Soviet citizenship. The
Russian government did not trust Oswald and denied him
citizenship. However, he was given an apartment and a job at the
Belorussian Radio and Television Factory in Minsk.
In a little over a year Oswald began to realize that life in the
Soviet Union was not living up to his Communist ideals. In
February of 1961 he contacted Richard Snyder again and expressed
his desire to return to the United States. A month later, Oswald
met his future wife, Marina Prusakova, at a trade union dance.
Prusakova was a 19-year-old pharmacology student living on her
own in Minsk. A month after they met, Oswald proposed and the
couple married on April 30, 1961. On February 15, 1962 their
daughter, June Lee Oswald, was born. A few months later the
young family moved back to the United States.
Returned to the United States
The Oswald family settled in Fort Worth, Texas. Oswald worked
sporadically at different jobs, such as a sheet-metal worker and
a photoprint trainee. He and his wife were having marital
problems and Oswald was becoming very secretive. In March 1963
Oswald used a false identity to purchase an Italian 6.5-caliber
Mannlicher-Carcano rifle with a telescopic sight from a
mail-order company. A month later, on April 10, Oswald used this
rifle to try to shoot retired General Edwin A. Walker of Dallas,
Texas. Oswald missed his target and escaped unnoticed. He then
moved his family to New Orleans to avoid further investigations
into the shooting.
Oswald worked for the Reily Coffee Company in New Orleans and
became politically active again. He started the New Orleans
branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC), a pro-Castro
organization that argued for free trade and improved diplomatic
relations between the United States and Cuba. Oswald tried to
establish himself publicly as pro-Cuban. In September 1963 he
travelled alone to Mexico City and applied for both Cuban and
Soviet citizenships. When both governments refused him, Oswald
moved his family back to Dallas, Texas. Upon arriving in Texas,
Oswald assumed the name O.H. Lee. An acquaintance helped him get
a job at the Texas School Book Depository, earning $1.25 per
hour. A few days later, on October 20, 1963, Oswald's second
daughter Audrey Marina Rachel Oswald was born.
On November 22, 1963 Oswald wrapped his rifle in paper and took
it to work at the Texas School Book Depository. Later that day
President John F. Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and
their wives were travelling through Dallas in an open motorcade.
As they drove through Dealey Plaza, they passed the Texas School
Book Depository at 12:30 p.m. At this time shots were fired from
the sixth floor window of the building, killing President
Kennedy and seriously wounding Governor Connally. Oswald escaped
from the building and headed toward his house. Less than an hour
later Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit tried to question Oswald
near his house; Oswald shot and killed the man. He then fled to
the nearby Texas Theatre where he was apprehended by police
around two o'clock.
Oswald was charged with the murder of Officer Tippit. On
November 23, he was charged with the assassination of President
Kennedy. While in custody, Oswald denied his involvement in the
assassination during police interrogations. He was never able to
explain his behaviour or motivation fully because he too was
killed the following day. On November 24, while being
transferred from the police station to the county jail through a
basement parking lot, Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby, a
night club owner. Ruby was convicted of first degree murder on
February 17, 1964 and sentenced to death. Two years later his
conviction was overturned. Before a new trial could begin, Ruby
died of cancer on January 3, 1967.
Since Oswald never had an opportunity to tell his own story,
there has been a lot of speculation as to his motive for killing
the president. Some believe that he was disgruntled with society
in general and President Kennedy was the key representative of
that society. Others say that he was upset by his inability to
travel to Cuba, which he blamed on the politics of the Kennedy
administration. Still others contend that Oswald wanted to make
his mark on history and immortalize himself.
All of these arguments assume that Oswald planned and executed
the murder by himself. However, this is the subject of much
controversy, as some believe Oswald was just a small player in a
larger conspiracy to kill the president and alter the American
political scene. Proponents of the conspiracy theory argue that
the Mafia, political opponents of President Kennedy, or foreign
players such as the Soviet Union devised the plan to assassinate
the president. They argue that Oswald was just one of several
shooters in the event.
These various arguments, as well as detailed reviews of the
evidence, are the subject of many books and articles. Hollywood
filmmaker Oliver Stone even made a film on the subject, called
JFK, which ignited the discussion once again. As a result of
this controversy, Congress passed the John F. Kennedy
Assassination Materials Disclosure Act of 1992, which
declassified thousands of documents related to the case. In 1999
Russian President Boris Yeltsin also gave the United States some
declassified KGB documents on Oswald.
Despite the new information, the circumstances surrounding the
assassination of President Kennedy, and Oswald's role in the
event, are still one of the great mysteries of history. It is
clear, however, that the death of John F. Kennedy had a profound
impact on the course of American history.
Lee Harvey Oswald was born in New Orleans on 18th October, 1939.
His father, Robert Oswald, died two months before his son was
born. At the age of three his mother, Marguerite Oswald, sent
him to live in the Bethleham Children's Home.
Oswald went to live with his mother in Benbrook, Texas when she
married Edwin Ekdahl. The marriage did not last and Marguerite
Oswald took her three sons to a new home in Fort Worth. The two
elder brothers, John and Robert, found work and in 1952
Marguerite and Lee moved to New York. Although considered an
intelligent boy, Lee Harvey Oswald's behaviour at school
deteriorated. He was sent to a detention centre and underwent
In 1955 Oswald joined the Civil Air patrol where he served under
David Ferrie. The following year Oswald became interested in
politics. He read books written by Karl Marx and told friends
that he was a Marxist. He also joined the Young People's
Socialist League. He later told a friend that his involvement in
politics dated back to reading a pamphlet about the execution of
Ethel Rosenberg and Julius Rosenberg.
Oswald left school at sixteen and the following year joined the
U.S. Marines. After basic training Oswald qualified as an
Aviation Electronics Operator and in 1957 was posted to the
Atsugi Air Base in Japan. He soon got into trouble for being in
possession of an unregistered weapon. In March 1958 he was found
guilty of using "provoking words" in a quarrel with a sergeant.
Oswald also served in Taiwan and the Philippines before
returning to his base in California. He remained interested in
politics and became an outspoken supporter of Fidel Castro and
his revolution in Cuba.
In 1959 Oswald left the Marines. Soon afterwards he travelled to
Finland. After a short stay in Helsinki he acquired a six day
tourist visa to enter the Soviet Union. Oswald went to Moscow
and applied to become a Soviet citizen.
On 13th November, 1959, Arline Mosby, who worked for United
Press International (UPI) interviewed Oswald. Mosby later told a
fellow journalist: "He (Oswald) struck me as being a rather
mixed-up young man of not great intellectual capacity or
training, and somebody that the Soviet Union wouldn't certainly
be much interested in."
Three days later, Priscilla Johnson checked into the same hotel
as Osward. The following day she visited the American Embassy to
pick up her mail (16th November, 1959). According to Johnson,
John McVickar approached her and told her that "there's a guy in
your hotel who wants to defect, and he won't talk to any of us
here". She later told the Warren Commission: "John McVickar said
she was refusing to talk to journalists. So I thought that it
might be an exclusive, for one thing, and he was right in my
hotel, for another." As Johnson was leaving the American Embassy
McVickar told her "to remember she was an American."
Oswald agreed to be interviewed by Johnson. She later testified
that they talked from between nine until one or two in the
morning. Oswald told her: "Once having been assured by the
Russians that I would not have to return to the United States,
come what may, I assumed it would be safe for me to give my side
of the story."
Johnson's article appeared in the Washington Evening Star.
Surprisingly, the article did not include Oswald's threat to
reveal radar secrets. Nor was it mentioned in any other article
or book published by Johnson on Oswald. However, under oath
before the Warren Commission she admitted that Oswald had told
her that "he hoped his experience as a radar operator would make
him more desirable to them (the Soviets)".
When Oswald's application to stay in the Soviet Union he was
rejected Oswald attempted suicide by cutting his wrist. Oswald
was kept in hospital for a week and after his release was
allowed to remain in the country.
In January, 1960, Oswald was sent to Minsk where he was given
work as an assembler at a radio and television factory. While
there he met Marina Prusakova, a nineteen year old pharmacy
worker, and in April 1960 the couple got married. Oswald soon
got disillusioned with life in the Soviet Union and in June,
1962, he was given permission to take his wife and baby daughter
to the United States.
The Oswald family settled in Fort Worth, Texas. Later the family
lived in Dallas and New Orleans. He lived for a while with
Charles Murret and his wife Lillian. Murret worked as a
steamship clerk. He was also an illegal bookmaker and an
associate of Sam Saia, one of the leaders of organized crime in
New Orleans. Saia was also a close friend of Carlos Marcello.
Marina Oswald later claimed that on 10th April, 1963, Oswald
attempted to assassinate General Edwin Walker, a right-wing
political leader. She reported that she "asked him what
happened, and he said that he just tried to shoot General
Walker. I asked him who General Walker was. I mean how dare you
to go and claim somebody's life, and he said "Well, what would
you say if somebody got rid of Hitler at the right time? So if
you don't know about General Walker, how can you speak up on his
behalf?." Because he told me... he was something equal to what
he called him a fascist."
In April, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald moved to New Orleans. On 26th
May, 1963, Oswald wrote to the Fair Play for Cuba Committee and
proposed "renting a small office at my own expense for the
purpose of forming a FPCC branch here in New Orleans". Three
days later, without waiting for a reply, Oswald ordered 1,000
copies of a handbill from a local printers. It read: "Hands Off
Cuba! Join the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, New Orleans Charter
Member Branch, Free Literature, Lectures, Everyone Welcome!"
Oswald also rented an office for the FPCC at 544 Camp Street. No
one joined the FPCC in New Orleans but Oswald did send out two
honourary membership cards to Gus Hall and Benjamin Davis, two
senior members of the American Communist Party.
On 9th August, 1963, he was giving out his Fair Play for Cuba
Committee leaflets when he became involved in a fight with
Carlos Bringuier. Oswald was arrested and on 12th August, he was
found guilty and fined $10. While in prison he was visited by
FBI agent, John L. Quigley. Five days later Oswald debated the
issue of Fidel Castro and Cuba with Bringuier and Ed Butler on
the Bill Stuckey Radio Show. Later that month Oswald was seen in
the company of David Ferrie and Clay Shaw.
In September, 1963, Marina Oswald moved to Dallas to have her
second child. Lee Harvey Oswald visited Mexico City where he
visited the Cuban Embassy where he attempted to get permission
to travel to Cuba. His application was turned down and after
trying to get a visa for the Soviet Union he arrived in Dallas
in October, 1963. Marina and June were living with a woman
called Ruth Paine. Oswald rented a room in Dallas and with the
help of Ruth Paine, he found a job at the Texas School Book
On 22nd November, 1963, President John F. Kennedy arrived in
Dallas. It was decided that Kennedy and his party, including his
wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson,
Governor John Connally and Senator Ralph Yarborough, would
travel in a procession of cars through the business district of
Dallas. A pilot car and several motorcycles rode ahead of the
presidential limousine. As well as Kennedy the limousine
included his wife, John Connally, his wife Nellie, Roy Kellerman,
head of the Secret Service at the White House and the driver,
William Greer. The next car carried eight Secret Service Agents.
This was followed by a car containing Lyndon Johnson and Ralph
At about 12.30 p.m. the presidential limousine entered Elm
Street. Soon afterwards shots rang out. John Kennedy was hit by
bullets that hit him in the head and the left shoulder. Another
bullet hit John Connally in the back. Ten seconds after the
first shots had been fired the president's car accelerated off
at high speed towards Parkland Memorial Hospital. Both men were
carried into separate emergency rooms. Connally had wounds to
his back, chest, wrist and thigh. Kennedy's injuries were far
more serious. He had a massive wound to the head and at 1 p.m.
he was declared dead.
Witnesses at the scene of the assassination claimed they had
seen shots being fired from behind a wooden fence on the Grassy
Knoll and from the Texas School Book Depository. The police
investigated these claims and during a search of the Texas
School Book Depository they discovered on the floor by one of
the sixth floor windows, three empty cartridge cases. They also
found a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle hidden beneath some boxes.
Oswald was seen in the Texas School Book Depository before
(11.55 a.m.) and just after (12.31 p.m.) the shooting of John F.
Kennedy. At 12.33 Oswald was seen leaving the building and by
1.00 p.m arrived at his lodgings. His landlady, Earlene Roberts,
testified before the Warren Commission that Oswald stayed only a
few minutes but while he was in the house a Dallas Police
Department car parked in front of the house. In the car were two
uniformed policemen. Roberts described how the driver sounded
the horn twice before driving off. Soon afterwards Oswald left
At 1.16 p.m. J. D. Tippet, a Dallas policeman, approached a man,
later identified as Oswald, walking along East 10th Street. A
witness later testified that after a short conversation Oswald
pulled out a hand gun and fired a number of shots at Tippet.
Oswald run off leaving the dying Tippet on the ground.
John Brewer was manager of Hardy's Shoe Store in Oak Cliff.
After hearing a news flash that J. D. Tippit had been shot
nearby, he saw a man acting strangely outside the shop: "The
police cars were racing up and down Jefferson with their sirens
blasting and it appeared to me that this guy was hiding from
them. He waited until there was a break in the activity and then
he headed west until he got to the Texas Theatre."
Brewer went into the theatre and spoke to Warren Burroughs, the
assistant manager. Burroughs had seen him enter the balcony of
the theatre. When the police arrived Brewer accompanied the
officers into the cinema where he pointed out the man he had
seen acting in a suspicious manner. After a brief struggle
Oswald was arrested.
The police soon found out that Oswald worked at the Texas Book
Depository. They also discovered his palm print on the
Mannlicher-Carcano rifle that was found earlier that day. Other
evidence emerged that suggested that Oswald had been involved in
the killing of John F. Kennedy. Oswald's hand prints were found
on the book cartons and the brown paper bag. Charles Givens, a
fellow worker, testified that he saw Oswald on the sixth floor
at 11.55 a.m. Another witness, Howard Brennan, claimed he saw
Oswald holding a rifle at the sixth floor window.
The police also discovered that the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle was
purchased under the name A. Hiddell. When he was arrested, the
police found that Oswald was carrying a forged identity card
bearing the name Alek Hiddell. The rifle had been sent by the
mail order company from Chicago to P.O. Box 2915, Dallas, Texas.
The Post Office box belonged to Oswald.
Lee Harvey Oswald was interrogated by the Dallas Police for over
13 hours. However, the police made no tapes nor took any
transcripts of the interrogations. Oswald denied he had been
involved in the killing of Kennedy. He also told newsmen on the
night of the assassination he was a "patsy" (a term used by the
Mafia to describe someone set up to take the punishment for a
crime they did not commit).
On 24th November, 1963, Jesse Curry decided to transfer Oswald
to the county jail. Will Fritz placed George Butler in immediate
charge of the transfer. As Oswald was led through the basement
of police headquarters a man rushed forward and shot him in the
stomach. The gunman was quickly arrested by police officers.
Oswald died soon afterwards. The man who killed him was later
identified as being Jack Ruby.
On 24th November, 1963, the Dallas Police decided to transfer
Lee Harvey Oswald to the county jail. As Oswald was led through
the basement of police headquarters a man rushed forward and
shot him in the stomach. The gunman was quickly arrested by
police officers. Lee Harvey Oswald died soon afterwards. The man
who killed him was later identified as being Jack Ruby.
Lee Harvey Oswald is known as the man who assassinated the
beloved United States President, John F. Kennedy. Oswald never
actually admitted this crime, and he was killed before ever
reaching trial. On November 24, 1963 Jack Ruby assassinated Lee
Harvey Oswald at the Dallas Police Station, just two days after
Oswald murdered JFK.
Oswald was born on October 18, 1939 in Slidell, Louisiana. He
and his two older brothers, one his half-brother, were raised by
a single mom, Marguerite Claverie. His father died before he was
born. Before the age of eighteen, Oswald had lived in 22
different homes, and been to 12 different schools. Their
residences were located mainly through out New Orleans,
Louisiana, and Dallas Texas. He had also punched his mother in
the face, and threatened his sister-in-law with a knife. Oswald
was typically introverted and easily excitable. He never
received a high school diploma before enlisting in the US Marine
Corps in October 1956, a week after his 17th birthday.
Lee Harvey Oswald was small and weak in size compared to the
other marines. This earned him the nick name “Ozzie Rabbit,”
after a cartoon character at that time. He was very shy and was
somewhat sympathetic to the Soviets cause, bringing him no
friends. Oswald was trained as a radar operator first at a base
in Irvine, California and then in Atsugi, Japan. As Oswald
remained in the Marines his support of Communism grew, and he
soon taught himself Russian. He got himself discharged early
from services by claiming he had to tend to his ailing mother;
in reality he had planned a trip to Russia.
After his Marine career, Oswald traveled to Russia in October
1959 at the age of nineteen. He faked applications to several
foreign schools to earn himself an international student visa.
Once Oswald got to Russia, he immediately went to the US Embassy
were he requested to renounce his US citizenship. However, the
USSR rejected his application for Soviet citizenship. Oswald
reacted to this by a suicide attempt that landed him in a mental
hospital. The Soviet was afraid Oswald would cause an
international problem so, they moved him out of Moscow and into
Minsk. Here he could be closely watched and kept out of the
media’s eyes. Oswald did very well during his two-plus year stay
in Minsk. He met and married Marina Alexandrovna in 1961. Lee
Harvey was always kept under surveillance by the USSR
government, who had spies keeping track of his daily activities.
Marina soon became pregnant and the paper work to move the
family back to the United States was underway. After almost a
year, on June 1, 1962 Oswald and his new family left Russia for
the United States.
Once back in the United States, Lee Harvey Oswald moved his
family into Dallas, Texas. Oswald refused to teach Marina and
English and soon began to abuse her. In Dallas, Oswald worked at
Leslie Welding Company for three months when he quit. He then
got a job at a graphics design company as a typesetter. He was
fired after six months for his inefficiency and poor
First Assassination Attempt
General Edwin Walker was a very outspoken anti-communist
activist. He was released of his duties in 1961 by President
Kennedy after giving his troops “right wing” or conservative
literature. Walker returned to his residence in Texas were he
got deeply involved in politics. In February1963 he was caught
in the public eye for starting an anti-communist tour called
“Operation Midnight Ride.”
Oswald being a passionate communist supporter began observing
General Walker. His next move was ordering first a revolver and
then a rifle by mail under the alias Alek Hidell. In April that
evening he attempted to shoot Walker as he sat as his desk. He
would have been successful if the bullet did not get deflected
by a wooden window frame. General Walker was injured by bullet
fragments. The Dallas police had no evidence regarding who had
attempted this assassination. Oswald destroyed all the evidence
that would point it back to him. However, Marina kept the note
he had given her incase he ever tried an assassination again she
would turn it in to the police. This note was later found after
his assassination of JFK.
Over the next few years months Oswald moved back to New Orleans,
and then back to Dallas. He became an advocate for Fidel Castro
and Cuban Communism and wanted to plan a trip there. In order to
get his visa, Lee Harvey claimed he wanted to visit Cuba before
returning to the USSR, but he had to prove it. So Oswald waited
back in Dallas waiting for the Soviet to write a letter allowing
this event. While he waited, Oswald began to plan another
assassination attempt, this time on President John F. Kennedy.
The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Oswald received his visa for Cuba only 11 days before his
assassination of President Kennedy. However, he decided to
complete his devised plan instead. He once again purchased a
rifle under his alias A. Hidell. He left his wife with a couple
she had befriended a few years prior. Oswald found himself a
temporary job at the “Texas School Book Depository.”
At 12:30pm on November 22, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald shot and
killed President John F. Kennedy during a motor parade. It was
the first live broadcasting of a homicide and national
television. Oswald used one of the warehouse windows at his new
place of employment. According to the investigation done by the
Warren Commission, Oswald immediately hid his rifle and began
exiting the warehouse. He was stopped by a Dallas Police Officer
and his supervisor on his way out. However, his supervisor
identified him as an employee and the two let him leave. Oswald
than boarded a bus, but abandoned that idea after getting stuck
in heavy traffic.
Officer J.D. Tippit identified Oswald as the description given
for the assassin. He began to follow Oswald as he walked the
streets heading for another bus stop. After he noticed he was
being followed, Oswald shot at the police officer and then began
running. Tippit was hit four times and died instantly.
Bystanders witnessed the incident and immediately called the
police. Oswald decided to duck into the entrance way of a
theatre. The Dallas police soon infiltrated the theatre turning
on all the lights and found Oswald in a seat located at the back
of the theatre. He was arrested and immediately charged with the
murder of Officer Tippit. A few hours later he was also charged
with the murder of the President.
Jack Ruby Kills Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey was being held in the Dallas Police Station. On the
morning of November 24th Oswald was planned to move to a local
prison to await trial. He was to be snuck out of the back to
avoid the media. However, at 11:21am Jack Ruby kills Lee Harvey
Oswald in front of several live TV cameras. There were millions
of viewers across the nation who watched Ruby as he assassinated
Lee Harvey Oswald. Due to the many death threats on Oswald
already, many people wondered excitedly “who killed Lee Harvey
Jack Ruby was a Dallas club owner, with supposed connections to
the mafia and many friends on the Dallas Police Force. This is
suggested as the reason why he could get so close to Oswald.
Ruby was charged with the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald and was
found guilty. He claimed that it was not premeditated and he
only assassinated Lee Harvey Oswald on a spur of the moment
thing. He said he felt bad for Mrs. Kennedy, and did not want
her to have to testify at a trial.
After Jack Ruby assassinated Lee Harvey Oswald, he was buried in
Rose Hill Memorial Park in Forth Worth, Texas. In October 1981,
there was an exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald. Autopsy reports
were done to prove a theory of British writer Michael Eddowes.
In the Lee Harvey autopsy he wanted to prove that the real
Oswald was switched with a Soviet army member, Alek Hidell
during his stay in Russia. If this was true, Oswald never really
killed JFK, but an imposter did. The Lee Harvey Oswald autopsy
proved, by dental records, that it was really Oswald, and his
body was reburied.
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