Facts about Lee Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald died at 24 years old
Best known as: Accused assassin of John F. Kennedy


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.

Oswald is believed to have 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. Tippet.

Lee Harvey Oswald was never tried: two days later he himself was shot to death by nightclub owner Jack Ruby while Oswald was being transferred inside Dallas police headquarters. In 1964 the so-called Warren Commission — a special commission headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren — decided that Oswald, acting alone, had shot and killed the president.

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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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