The Capture of JFK's Killer

A U.S. News & World Report article from 1963 announced the capture of Lee Harvey Oswald.

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The man charged by Dallas police with the murder of President Kennedy is Lee H. Oswald, 24. He is a self styled "Marxist" and Castro supporter.

Oswald killed a policeman who accosted him after the president was shot. He fled, but was captured a few minutes later in a movie theater.

The prisoner is an ex-U.S. Marine. He went to Moscow in 1959, tried to renounce his U.S. citizenship to become a citizen of Russia. The Soviets rejected his request.

In 1962, with a Russian wife and a child, Oswald returned to the U.S. He turned up as head of a pro-Castro group in New Orleans, where he was arrested in a "back Cuba" demonstration. From New Orleans, he went to Dallas.

Police said they established that Oswald was in the building from which the assassin fired. A rifle with a telescopic sight was found in the building.

In the man hunt, Officer J. D. Tippitt stopped Oswald on the street. Oswald, police said, drew a revolver and shot the officer dead. A few minutes later, police learned the gunman had dashed into a movie. Patrolmen rushed there. Oswald tried to shoot, but his gun misfired. He was subdued and taken to jail.

This article first appeared in the Dec. 2, 1963, issue of U.S. News & World Report. For more about John F. Kennedy, visit JFK: 50 Years Later.