Harvey Oswald (October 18, 1939 - November 24, 1963), (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 Communists.
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.
during the spring of 1963, Oswald moved to New Orleans with
his wife and child.
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 baseless.
passed out leaflets another time in front of the New Orleans
International Trade Mart offices.
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.
Mannlicher-Carcano M91/38 bolt-action rifle
Serial number C2766 Western Cartridge 160 grain (10.37 g) ammunition
Side-mounted Ordnance Optics 4 x 18 scope
Special Smith & Wesson Victory revolver 2.25 in bbl
Serial number V510210 Converted from 0.38 S&W, shortened
from 5 in bbl. The rifle was kept in the basement of family
friends, the Paines, cousins of John Forbes Kerry, at whose
home Maria Oswald was living at the time. Michael R. Paine was
the son of Ruth Forbes Paine, who remarried Arthur Young, the
inventor of the Bell helicopter used in Korea and Vietnam. Michael
R. Paine and Ruth Forbes Paine Young were Forbes family heirs
and as is Sen. Kerry, a coincidence since both he and the assassinated
President bear the initials JFK. See Warren Commission report
describing testimony of Michael R. Paine and his wife, Ruth
Paine.  Because of her son's involvement in the assassination,
her Forbes family's involvement with drug dealing in China during
the Opium War, and her husband's involvement with the military
and defense industry, Mrs. Ruth Forbes Paine Young started the
International Peace Academy, which have fed rumors about her
to the controversial Warren Commission report on the John F.
Kennedy assassination, Oswald shot Kennedy from a window on
the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, where he
was employed during the Christmas rush, as the President's motorcade
passed through Dallas's Dealey Plaza at about 12:30 pm on November
22. Texas Governor John Connally was wounded at the same time.
However, photographic and filmed evidence seems to prove that
there were at least two or three shooters in an area known as
the grassy knoll behind a picket fence atop a semi-hill in Dealey
then left the scene. How he left the scene is still in conjecture.
Witnesses claim he left with four other dark-complected people
in a white Nash Rambler with a luggage rack on top possibly
owned by a lady friend of Marina's. However, a punched bus transfer
found on him after his arrest seems to indicate that he took
a bus, then left in the middle of traffic and (based on a witness
statement) entered a taxi, which he left close to his apartment
in Oak Cliff. Either way, he got to his room. According to the
report, he changed his clothes and grabbed a pistol in his room
at the boarding house, even though no pistol or evidence of
one (including a holster alleged to have been found there) had
been found by the housekeeper when cleaning. At about the same
time, according to his housekeeper, a police car (#107) containing
two officers pulled up and beeped the horn twice before leaving
after about a second. Oswald left thereafter in a great hurry.
leaving the scene, Oswald allegedly shot and killed Dallas police
officer J. D. Tippit, who coincidentally drove a police car
marked #107. However, witness statements and shell casings indicate
a different story. Oswald was seen in the vicinity of the murder
scene, but his movements were calm. Several witnesses claimed
they saw a man who did not resemble Oswald at all fire the shots.
Another witness says she saw Oswald with the man and that they
ran off in separate directions. The report claims Oswald fired
two Winchester-Western bullets and two Remington-Peters bullets.
However, the shell casings indicated the murderer fired three
Winchester-Westerns and one Remington-Peters. The report says
there was either a shot unaccounted for that went missing or
that he put a Remington-Peters in a Winchester-Western shell,
the second of the two being more likely to the report, though
it is impossible to do so.
was arrested at the Texas Theater in the Dallas neighborhood
of Oak Cliff at about 1:50 pm, first as a suspect in the shooting
of Tippit and was then charged with assassinating Kennedy, even
though the arraignment hearing on the Kennedy charge was abruptly
interrupted and never did get finished.
in custody, Oswald denied the shooting, telling reporters "I
didn't shoot anyone" and "I'm just a patsy".
was shot and killed by Texas nightclub owner Jack Ruby in Dallas,
Texas, while being transferred to county jail, two days after
the president's assassination, and before being brought to trial.
Many alternative theories of the assassination contend that
he acted on behalf of others, or even that Oswald was not the
Commission created by President Lyndon B. Johnson on November
29, 1963 to investigate the assassination, concluded that Oswald
did assassinate Kennedy and that he acted alone. The proceedings
of the commission were secret, and its files have yet to be
released to the public, further fuelling speculation about the
assassination. A later investigation by the House Select Committee
on Assassinations, during the late 1970s, concluded that President
Kennedy had been assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.
1981, Oswald was subject to an exhumation undertaken by British
writer Michael Eddowes (with Marina Oswald Porter's support).
They sought to prove or disprove a thesis developed in a 1975
book, Khrushchev Killed Kennedy (The book was republished in
1976 in Britain as November 22: How They Killed Kennedy and
in America a year later as The Oswald File.) The thesis of the
trio of books was that when Oswald went to the Soviet Union,
he was swapped with a Soviet clone. Eddowes's support for his
thesis was a claim that the corpse buried in 1963 in the Shannon
Rose Hill Memorial Park cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas did not
have a scar that resulted from surgery conducted on Oswald years
before. The final results of the exhumation found that the corpse
they studied was Oswald's. The finding was based on dental records.
Stone's self-proclaimed "countermyth," JFK mocks
the doubtful veracity of the Warren Commission's
findings on the Kennedy assassination and summmarizes
some of the myriad theories that have been proposed
in its stead. Focusing on the investigation by New
Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison into the
activities of the FBI and other government agencies
as well as their attempted cover-ups, Stone weaves
fact and speculation into a compelling argument
for the reopening of the case files.
The Movie Trailer To Oliver Stone's "JFK"
Men Who Killed Kennedy
medical technician who was at the autopsy states categorically
that the body he saw was not the one shown in the
official photographs. The mortician who buried Lee
Harvey Oswald reveals a startling discovery made 18
years later. A highly decorated Army officer says
he was trained to eliminate key witnesses... Forty
years after JFK was shot in Dallas, controversy rages
around his assassination. The Men Who Killed Kennedy,
an authoritative six-part series drawing on exclusive
interviews with highly placed government sources and
independent investigators, is the most comprehensive
examination of the case ever filmed.
The Complete Story in 6 Parts:
The Coup d'Etat - A medical technician casts doubts
on the official autopsy photographs, and photo analysis
undermines the lone gunman theory.
The Forces of Darkness - See two shadowy figures on
the grassy knoll, and find out about the "lost"
home movie that contained key evidence.
The Cover-Up - An FBI agent confirms that evidence
has been suppressed, and a notorious criminal is confronted
about his possible role.
The Patsy - Witness Oswald's reaction when charged
with the shooting, and the mortician who buried the
alleged assassin reveals what he discovered 18 years
The Witnesses - The people who were there - but who
the government chose to ignore - tell their versions
of what happened at Dealey Plaza. The Truth Shall
Set You Free - See conclusive proof that the official
autopsy photos were faked, and hear from an Army Colonel
who says he was trained to eliminate witnesses to