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Lee Harvey Oswald - Early life and Marine Corps service, Life in the Soviet Union, Dallas

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Alleged killer of President John F Kennedy, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. A Marxist and former US marine, he lived for a while in the USSR (1959–62). He was arrested some hours after Kennedy's assassination (22 November 1963) on a charge of murdering a police officer in another incident. The following day he was also charged with the murder of President Kennedy. Before he could come to trial, he was shot at close range by nightclub owner Jack Ruby. The Warren Commission (1964) held him to be responsible for the assassination, although the belief that he was part of a conspiracy still persists.

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