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Lee Harvey Oswald was a former U.S. Marine who was accused of killing President John F. Kennedy. While in police custody, Oswald was murdered by Jack Ruby.
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JFK, one of the most loved and charismatic presidents of our time is gunned down in broad daylight.
After killing President Lincoln, Booth spent 12 days on the run from authorities before meeting his untimely demise.
John Wilkes Booth was born on May 10th, 1838 and experienced a troubled childhood through the lives of his parents
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His family stayed with a friend in a nearby suburb, and Marina gave birth to a second daughter that October.
On the afternoon of November 22, 1963—around the time of President John F. Kennedy’s approaching motorcade through Dallas—Oswald was seen on the sixth floor of his work building, holding a rifle. At 12:30 p.m., three shots were fired, with the second and third hitting President Kennedy. Texas Governor John B. Connally was also hit and wounded. President Kennedy died at Parkland Memorial Hospital shortly after the attack, at the age of 46.
Oswald was spotted leaving the scene of the shooting and was later confronted some distance away by police officer J.D. Tippit, who Oswald then allegedly shot and killed. Oswald was later found and apprehended by the police at the Texas Theater, located the Dallas suburb of Oak Cliff. Over the next two days, he was arraigned, interrogated and placed in lineups.
Oswald would never see a trial for his alleged crimes. On November 24, 1963, the 24-year-old Oswald, while being taken to the county jail, was shot and killed by Jack Ruby, a club owner with mob affiliations. Ruby stated that he acted out of outrage over Kennedy's assassination. There have also been theories that Ruby’s actions might have been part of a larger web.
Over the years, the question of conspiracies has continued to follow the Oswald case. The 1964 Warren Commission declared that no evidence of a conspiracy had been found. Yet an investigation initiated by the House of Representatives Assassination Committee in 1979 eventually found that another shooter could have been involved in the assassination. Debate and much speculation—including who Oswald met with during his final stay in New Orleans—continue to this day.
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