Lee Harvey Oswald
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (defected to the Soviet Union but failed to attain citizenship)
Date of Birth: 1939
Date of Death: 1963
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Religion: Atheist
Occupation: Marine, Clerk
Spouse: Marina Oswald
Children: June, Audrey
Military Branch: United States Marine Corps
Political Party: Communist Party of the United States
Turtledove Appearances:
"Before the Beginning"
Set in the Future
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Lee Harvey Oswald (October 18, 1939 – November 24, 1963) was, according to two United States government investigations, the assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. A former United States Marine who had communist sympathies and defected to the Soviet Union, but later returned to the U.S., Oswald was arrested on suspicion of killing Dallas, Texas police officer J.D. Tippit and later connected to the assassination of President Kennedy. Oswald denied any responsibility for the murders. Two days later, while being transferred under police custody from the city jail to the county jail, Oswald was shot and killed by a local bar owner named Jack Ruby on live television.

Despite several large scale Federal investigations, including one led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, the exact circumstances and motivations of Oswald remain unknown. Consequently, a substantial number of theories have been posited to account for Oswald's motives, or flat out proclaim Oswald's innocence while implicating a wide range of conspiracies involving all manner of important persons.

Lee Harvey Oswald in "Before the Beginning" Edit

The time-viewer technology confirmed that Lee Harvey Oswald was the killer of President John F. Kennedy.