Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963), a perpetual truant and the future assassin of John F. Kennedy (yes, he did it, so let's move on), never graduated from high school. The above photo is of an apparently attention-starved Oswald at Beauregard Junior High School in New Orleans in 1955.

On November 24, 1963, two days after he murdered President Kennedy and a police officer named J.D. Tippit, Oswald himself was gunned down by an unstable strip club owner named Jack Ruby.

As a child Oswald was moved around from city to city and school to school by his insane mother, Marguerite. According to Robert Oswald, the older brother of Lee, Oswald's favorite television program was the over-the-top Red Scare classic I Led 3 Lives. An ironic choice of entertainment for a young man who would one day move to the Soviet Union and attempt to renounce his U.S. citizenship.

Trivia: Lee Harvey Oswald has been portrayed by over twenty different actors in various television and film examinations of the assassination over the years. Thus far, Gary Oldman is the most accomplished actor to have essayed the assassin (or "patsy") -- in Oliver Stone's 1991 conspiracy opus, JFK. Other actors who have played Oswald include Tony Bill, Frederick Forrest and Frank Whaley.

Oswald, age 12, 1952

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