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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 October 1939New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date of Death 24 November 1963Dallas, Texas, USA  (homicide by gunshot)
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, son of Marguerite Frances Claverie Oswald. He never knew his father, Robert Edward Lee Oswald, who had died 2 months before his birth of a heart attack. Oswald had 1 older full brother and another half-brother (from his mother's first marriage). Young Oswald was placed in a Lutheran orphanage at the age of 3, but he was removed when his mother left for Dallas in January 1944 and married her 3rd husband Edwin A. Ekdahl. Oswald left school in 1954. He was in the US Marines until 1959 when he was discharged due to hardship as his mother was suffering from physical problems. Oswald was interested in Marxist ideologies and lived for some time in the USSR (1959-62). He unsuccessfully tried to get Soviet citizenship. When he was initially denied and as his visa was about to expire he even attempted suicide. In 1961 he married a Russian woman, Marina Nikolaevna Prusakova, (Marina Oswald) and was allowed to stay indefinitely. However by October 1963 Oswald moved along with his wife and daughter back to the States, and settled in Dallas. Oswald began to publicly express his opinions about Communist regimes like Cuba and China by distributing pamphlets. He was working for the Texas School Depository, a 6 story building located in the now 'infamous' Dealey Plaza area of Dallas, Texas. On November 22, 1963 when President Kennedy's motorcade passed by the building it is believed that Oswald was in the building. He may shot the president from the 6th floor and then concealed the rifle behind some crates. Whether he acted alone or not is still an ongoing debate. Oswald apparently left the depository when pandemonium broke out after the incident. He then headed home where he picked up a pistol. Oswald returned to the Depository where he is believed to have fired 4 bullets into police officer J.D. Tippit who approached him to ask him a question. Oswald then ran into the Texas Theatre where the double bill: War Is Hell (1961) and Cry of Battle (1963) was playing. He had not bought a ticket and the authorities cornered him in the theatre and quickly took him into custody. On 23 November 1963 he was charged with the murder of President Kennedy, whom he was alleged to have shot from the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository, as the President passed by in a motor cavalcade. Oswald however vehemently denied his involvement in both the Kennedy assassination and the shooting of officer Tippit. On November 24, 1963 just 2 days later, while authorities were transferring Oswald to the county jail, he was shot dead by night club owner Jack Ruby (1911-67), live before the cameras. Ruby claimed he was avenging Jacqueline Kennedy (Jackie Kennedy Onassis). Claims were made that Oswald had links with the US secret service and with the Mafia. But it seems that there are more conspiracy theories than facts.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sujit R. Varma

Spouse (1)

Marina Oswald (30 April 1961 - 24 November 1963) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (19)

Dropped out of high school and joined the U.S. Marines, where he served from October 1956 to 11 September 1959.
Worked, for less than 2 months, at the Texas School Book Depository (October/November 1963).
At 1:30 am on November 23, 1963 he was formally arraigned for the murder of President Kennedy.
Children: June Lee (February 15, 1962 in Minsk, USSR); Audrey Marina Rachel (October 20, 1963 in Dallas, TX).
Charged with the murder of Dallas policeman J.D. Tippit, and the murder of President John F. Kennedy. A day after Oswald's arrest Jack Ruby shot him in the stomach. Oswald was taken to the same hospital where President Kennedy died. Oswald died an hour later.
He and President John F. Kennedy both died at Parkland Hospital.
Jack Ruby reportedly told Lawrence Schiller that he acted alone, and shot Oswald in order to spare John F. Kennedy's widow and family the pain of having to endure Oswald being tried for Kennedy's murder.
In the show Quantum Leap (1989), there was an episode titled "Lee Harvey Oswald,", which was a 2-hour episode, and showed main character Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) leaping into Oswald's life at various points of significance between 1957 and 1963, beginning in 1963 in Oswald's yard, where Marina is taking the famous photograph of Oswald holding the rifle and "Daily Worker," then to 1957 during his stint in Marines stationed in Japan, then California, all leading up to his hatred of politicians, and his assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The episode was based entirely on actual events.
Served in the United States Marines with Magnum, P.I. (1980), Quantum Leap (1989) and JAG (1995) executive producer and creator, Donald P. Bellisario.
When he tried to defect to the Soviet Union in 1959 he was turned down because the official at the Russian consulate were suspicious of a 20 year old American wanting to defect. Anguished over this, he attempted to commit suicide which some have thought was to gain the sympathies of those who had turned him down. He was given a job in a factory where he met his wife Marina.
In April of 1963, he felt that he needed to make his mark as a political assassin and attempted to kill retired General Edwin A. Walker, a segregationist and an anti-communist. After planning the shooting for months, he took a shot at Walker while he was sitting in his living room. The bullet bounced off the window pane and a frightened Oswald fled into the night. Information of this event was never released publicly until after his death.
His training in the Russian language made him so fluent that hs future wife, Marina, reportedly thought that he was a Russian.
His death was the first murder ever shown on national television.
In a bizarre twist to Oswald's story, his body was exhumed in October of 1981 after a British author, Michael Eddowes, claimed that there were actually two Oswalds, and the man buried in Fort Worth, Texas was NOT the same Oswald as was born and raised in the United States. Forensic pathologists at Baylor University conducted exhaustive tests on the remains and concluded to a 100% degree of certainty that the body buried in Fort Worth, Texas was the same person that was arrested for the assassination of President Kennedy nearly twenty years earlier. Following this revelation Michael Eddowes made a hasty escape into oblivion.
His funeral took place on the same day as John F. Kennedy and police officer J.D. Tippit.
His funeral time, date, and location were kept a closely-guarded secret during its preparations in order to keep crashers away. To further insure that it would not be disturbed, Oswald's funeral was held at the same time as JFK's because the family and those at the funeral parlor knew that at that time everyone would be attending the president's funeral. Such was the outrage at Oswald, Oswald's brother could not get a minister to conduct the funeral.
Grew up in New Orleans, Dallas and briefly New York City where he attended school in The Bronx.
Was a voracious reader and declared himself a Marxist by the age of 15.
Psychiatrists who interviewed him when he was young believed he suffered from a "personality pattern disturbance with schizoid features and passive-aggressive tendencies".

Personal Quotes (10)

And that is my definition of democracy, the right to be in a minority and not be suppressed.
I am a communist and a worker, and I have lived in a decadent capitalist society where the workers are slaves.
As my Russian improves, I become increasingly conscious of just what sort of a society I live in.
I always felt that the Cubans were being pushed into the Soviet Bloc by American policy.
Americans are so spoiled. They think you always have to have a car, whereas I got away on my own two feet.
I hear they burn for murder. Well, they say it just takes a second to die.
Revolutions require work, revolutions require sacrifice, revolutions, and our own included, require a certain amount of rationing, a certain amount of calluses, a certain amount of sacrifice.
We do not support the man. We do not support the individual. We support the idea of independent revolution in the Western Hemisphere, free from American intervention.
They have found absolutely nothing to connect us with the Communist Party of the United States. In regards to your question about whether I myself am a communist, as I said I do not belong to any other organization.
I don't know why you are treating me like this. The only thing I have done is carry a pistol into a movie.

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