Assassin Of JFK
Died: November 24, 1963
Harvey Oswald (alias Alek J. Hidell or O.H. Lee) a
somewhat enigmatic figure, was the alleged assassin
of U. S. President John F. Kennedy. He was born in
New Orleans, Louisiana.
photo, which shows Oswald with a rifle,
handgun, and Belgrade daily newspaper Politika, was
taken on March 31, 1963 by his wife Marina. The Warren
Commission tagged the photo as exhibit 133-A. Since
Oswald's death, there have been questions on the photo's
authenticity. The House Select Committee on Assassinations
in the 1970s concluded that the photo was real, although
some still refuse to accept this verdict.Oswald was
a former United States Marine who had served as an
air flight controller. During his military career
Oswald scored as a "sharpshooter" in December
1956, on two occasions achieving 48 and 49 out of
50 during rapid fire at a 200-yard distant target,
but failed to attain a marksmanship badge. Skeptics
doubt the likelihood of Oswald being able to fire
shots so accurately and rapidly with the weapon and
from the position he was said to use to kill Kennedy
(a moving target). However, according to later friends,
Oswald was an excellent shot.
learned Russian during his military career, then traveled
to the U.S.S.R. in 1959 where he attempted suicide
to avoid being deported as a suspected American spy.
The Soviet authorities then permitted him to live
in Minsk, where he worked in a television factory
and married a Soviet national, Marina (nee Nicholayevna
Prusakova OR Alexandrovna Medvedeva) Oswald. (After
Oswald's death, Marina remarried and changed her name
to Marina Oswald Porter.) Oswald maintained that he
was a Marxist, and at one time tried to renounce his
American citizenship, but later changed his mind and
returned to the USA in 1962, bringing Marina and their
infant daughter. Some believe that his attempt at
defection was a planned CIA operation to gain technical
secrets from the Soviets. In Oswald's own words to
a friend, he gave the Soviets information that he
believed allowed them to shoot down the U-2 spy plane
because the military wanted to derail an upcoming
summit in which it was feared that President Eisenhower,
declining mentally, might be bested by Khrushchev.
Either way, he got in and got out quicker than usual
in America, Oswald got a job at a Dallas graphic arts
firm, Jaggars-Chiles-Stovall. What is odd about this
is the fact that the company did highly classified
work for the government, which included the creation
of detailed maps of Cuba. Oswald later told a friend
that the CIA arranged for his taking the job to work
on the maps. He had an assignment, which involved
identifying the location of safe houses, presumably
from the maps he was making for the company.
April, during the spring of 1963, Oswald moved to
New Orleans with his wife and child.
the summer of 1963, Oswald was the secretary of the
New Orleans chapter of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee,
run by a certain Alek J. Hidell. In reality, Oswald
was the only member, and he had Marina sign membership
cards with "Alek Hidell." On August 9, while
Oswald distributed "Hands Off Cuba" and
"The Crime Against Cuba" leaflets on the
streets of New Orleans, he was harassed by anti-Castro
Cuban exiles. Police arrested Oswald for disturbing
the peace and made him pay a fine of $10. The arrest
caught the attention of William Stuckey, a local reporter
who hosted a radio show on WDSU called "Latin
Listening Post." Oswald was a guest on the radio
program on August 17 and August 21. There is some
controversy as to whether Oswald actually harbored
pro-Castro thoughts. The address listed on his pamphlets,
544 Camp Street, was (in reality) the address of a
racist, one-time FBI agent and detective named W.
Guy Banister who ran a training camp for anti-Castro
exiles prepared to take over Cuba. Banister was rumored
to have used Oswald to collect the names of Communist
sympathizers at area colleges. Prof. Michael Kurtz,
a professor of Louisiana history, witnessed Oswald
and Banister at Tulane University making anti-integrationist
remarks (though Oswald was staunchly pro-civil rights).
Witnesses say Oswald used a work area on the second
floor of 544 Camp. He was also seen signing guns out
of Banister's storeroom at 544 Camp.
the people Banister worked with was a homosexual ex-pilot
for Eastern Airlines named David Ferrie who also worked
for Carlos Marcello's lawyer, G. Wray Gill, in Marcello's
'illegal deportation' case. Ferrie, who had no scientific
credentials, claimed to be working on a cure for cancer
using lab rats he kept at home. He also tinkered on
a submarine in his backyard that he planned for use
in the Cuban invasion. He had previously flown missions
into Cuba under the pay of Eladio del Valle, an anti-Castro
Cuban from Miami. He was also a self-proclaimed bishop
in the Orthodox Old Rite Roman Catholic Church of
America. It is rumored that Oswald spurned Ferrie's
sexual advances at the age of 15 when he was a member
of Ferrie's Civil Air Patrol unit.
was a very poor worker, and hung out at a next-door
parking garage befriending garage owner Adrian Alba.
The garage was regularly used by FBI and CIA cars.
Alba has testified that he saw the driver of one such
car pass a white envelope to Oswald, who stuffed it
under his shirt and walked away. The House Select
Committee on Assassinations found this claim to be
passed out leaflets another time in front of the New
Orleans International Trade Mart offices.
March 1963, Oswald (using the name of his ex-boss
in the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, Alek J. Hidell)
purchased a rifle and handgun that was later linked
to the events of November 22, 1963.
Harvey Oswald Biography Continued