Lee Harvey Oswald
It is natural to begin our study of the Kennedy assassination with a close look at who Lee Harvey
Oswald was, though as we observed in the previous chapter, there will always remain a
significant distance between determining who Oswald was and who it was that was responsible
for the assassination. Determining that he was involved in intelligence operations does not
establish that he was part of a conspiracy; determining that he was not involved in intelligence
operations does not establish that he was not a scapegoat put together by a conspiracy. We must
consider the sum total of the evidence, and see how it fits together.
In the studies of Oswald's brief life, two principal questions have been addressed in much of the
literature. First, was Oswald involved in governmental intelligence operations? and second, was
Oswald's personality, and his world as he saw it in 1963, of such a character as to impel him to
assassinate President Kennedy for his own private or political reasons? These questions are
ultimately those which will interest us the most.
To these questions, the evidence available appears to provide some guarded answers -- answers
which are based on such evidence as is available to us at present. Oswald was, most likely,
invovled in intelligence operations, and he was, most likely, not impelled by personal, internal
forces to kill President Kennedy.
early childhood. Connections to Muritz/Marcello; David Ferrie
Lee Harvey Oswald was born on October 18, 1939 in New Orleans; his father had died two
He had a brother, Robert Oswald, born 5 years earlier, and older than Robert
was a half-brother, John Pic, born during an earlier marriage of Lee's mother Marguerite.
Oswald's early family included a good deal of support from his aunt, a point we will return to as
we consider Oswald's adolescence in New Orleans.
When Lee was four years old, his mother
and he moved to Dallas; his brothers were in an orphans' home at the time, though they joined
Lee and Marguerite shortly thereafter.
Marguerite married Edwin A. Ekdahl in May, 1945, a
man with whom Lee had apparently established a good and healthy relationship, but Marguerite
and Ekdahl were divorced in the summer of 1948.
Chapter Two: Oswald
ibid. The summary of Lee's early life composed by the Warren Commission is replete with only
lightly veiled criticisms of a lifestyle imposed on a single mother of three children, a lifestyle
that is plainly foreign to the writer of the Warren Commission Report.
concern with money, and her inability to provide babysitting at all the hours that she was at
work, are offered as if they were indictments of her ability to provide a decent home, rather than