Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald was born in New Orleans on October 18th, 1939 and died in Parkland memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas on November 24th 1963.
After his father's death, Oswald lived with his mother and brother in New Orleans in a variety of rented houses and apartments. For a period (1954-55) they resided in an area known for gambling and other criminal activities. The mafia boss Carlos Marcello was associated with clubs in this area and Oswald's uncle, Charles 'Dutz' Murret, had been employed in these establishments.
Oswald's mother, Marguerite, also had friends with links to organized crime in the city.
Immediately after his 17th birthday he enlisted in the US Marine Corps where he achieved a marksman status with a rifle and a basic understanding of Russian. Discharged after two years he went to the Soviet Union where he attempted to renounce his American citizenship. Employed as a lathe operator in Minsk and housed in a state-subsidized apartment, his girlfriend Ella German refused his marriage proposal sowing seeds of discontent. However, several months later he married Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova and celebrated the birth of their daughter June, in February 1962. A few months later Oswald returned to the USA with his wife and daughter.
Life in America was not perfect, he failed to hold a steady job and purchased a rifle and revolver under a false name. The attempted assassination of retired Major General Edwin Walker, a known right wing activist, was put down to Oswald (after the assassination of President Kennedy), although there was no conclusive evidence.
After Castro came to power in Cuba in 1959 the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front emerged, with offices in several cities around the US. The New Orleans branch opened at 544 Camp Street, the same address used at some point by Guy Bannister. This address was also used in 1963 by Oswald when he set up his own, unofficial office of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Later that year, he attempted to move to Cuba, but his application was discouraged and delayed.
Seven weeks before the assassination of John F Kennedy he returned to Dallas and through his friend George De Mohrenschildt,, he and Marina were introduced to Ruth and Michael Paine. Ruth Paine offered lodging to the pregnant Marina and found Lee a job at the Texas School Book Depository.
At 31 minutes past midday on November 22nd the 35th President of the United States was assassinated and several official investigations have concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald fired three rounds from the sixth floor of the Book Depository. By the time police searched the building, Oswald had left.
At 1.16pm Police Officer J.D.Tippit was shot dead, not far from the assassination scene. A newsflash indicated a man matching Oswald's description, as the perpetrator. Oswald was spotted entering the Texas Theatre by a member of the public. The police were alerted, arresting Oswald in the theatre. He was arraigned for both murders and questioned throughout the following day.
On the morning of November 24th he was to be transferred to the county jail, but at 11.21am, he was shot at close quarters by Jack Ruby, in the basement of the Dallas Police Headquarters. He died less than two hours later at the Parkland Memorial Hospital, the same place as John F. Kennedy, two days earlier.