Facts about Lee Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald Biography
Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
Lee Harvey Oswald was a drifter with a murky past; he had been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Marines and then defected to Russia in 1959, only to be refused citizenship there and sent back to the United States.
Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy with a sniper’s rifle from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository as the president’s motorcade traveled through Dallas. Oswald was arrested hours later in a movie theater, after also shooting and killing police officer J.D. Tippit. Oswald was never tried: two days later he himself was shot to death by nightclub owner Jack Ruby as Oswald was being transferred inside Dallas police headquarters.
Conspiracy theorists have long insisted that something fishy happened with the Kennedy assassination: that Oswald didn’t do the shooting, or that other shooters were involved, or that Oswald was put up to the job by Russia, the CIA, the Mafia, or some other shadowy organization. Nothing of this sort has ever been proved. In 1964 the so-called Warren Commission — a special investigative body headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren — decided that Oswald, acting alone, had shot and killed the president.
Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife, Marina, was Russian… The gun used by Lee Harvey Oswald to shoot Kennedy was a 6.5 mm Mannlicher-Carcano bolt-action rifle… Lee Harvey Oswald was captured in the Texas Theater, where the movie War Is Hell (starring Audie Murphy) was playing.
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4 Good Links
- Excellent details from the PBS series Frontline
- A deep dive into details and links for the assassination, nicely organized
- Excellent museum at the site of the assassination, with limited online exhibits
- Slate takes a cold, hard look at the many Oswald/JFK conspiracy theories