Oswald, Lee Harvey
- Michael L. Kurtz
Oswald, Lee Harvey (18 October 1939–24 November 1963), alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Robert E. Lee Oswald, a collector of insurance premiums, and Marguerite Claverie, a telephone operator and sales clerk. Because his father died two months before his birth, forcing his mother to work, Lee, together with his brother Robert and half brother John Pic spent much of his early childhood in orphanages. In 1945 Marguerite married Edwin A. Ekdahl and moved to Fort Worth, Texas. This marriage did not last, however, and Lee had a difficult time, being shuffled from place to place and from school to school. When Lee was thirteen, they moved to New York City. Because of repeated truancy violations, he was confined to a youth house for six months. A psychological evaluation found him of above average intelligence but tense, withdrawn, and shy. In early 1954 Marguerite moved back to New Orleans, where Lee attended school, participated in the local squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, and became interested in Marxism. In July 1956 they moved back to Fort Worth, and three months later Lee Harvey Oswald joined the marines....