Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?

November 19, 2013

An investigative biography examining the life and enduring mysteries of the man who assassinated President Kennedy.

(113:41) FRONTLINE investigates the man at the center of the political crime of the 20th century.


Interview: G. Robert Blakey

“Any effort to explain what happened in Dallas must explain Lee Harvey Oswald, and Lee Harvey Oswald is a mystery wrapped up in an enigma, hidden behind a riddle,” says the chief counsel to the 1977 House Select Committee on Assassinations.

Interview: Priscilla Johnson McMillan

Historian Priscilla Johnson McMillan speaks with FRONTLINE about the perplexing, troubling events of Lee Harvey Oswald’s life, as seen through the eyes of his wife Marina.

Interview: Robert Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald’s older brother says that the “hard physical evidence” from the Kennedy assassination leads him to one conclusion: “The Warren Commission was correct.”

Interview: Gerald Posner

There is no physical evidence at Dealey Plaza to suggest anyone but Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President Kennedy, says Gerald Posner, author of “Case Closed.”


Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City

What the CIA knew about Lee Harvey Oswald’s 1963 visit to Mexico has become one of the most closely guarded secrets in the agency’s history.

Glimpses of a Life

Many experts say the real Lee Harvey Oswald can be discerned in his writings and statements and in the documents and files concerning him. Here is a small sampling.

Norman Mailer on Oswald

Can there be any American who, having failed to gain stature while he was alive, now haunts us more than Lee Harvey Oswald, asks Norman Mailer in “Oswald’s Tale: An American Mystery.”

Hollywood & History: The Debate Over “JFK”

What obligation does Hollywood owe facts, accuracy, the truth? When popular history like Oliver Stone’s JFK gets hold of a subject, what kind of damage can be done?

“Oliver Stone’s Paranoid Propaganda”

Oliver Stone’s “JFK” is neither entertainment nor art, but a political bid to make the filmmaker’s rather paranoid vision the established view of a traumatic national event, writes commentator John Leo.

Readings & Links

A collection of readings and links about the Kennedy assassination and the investigation into his death.

8 Things You May Not Know About Lee Harvey Oswald

For 50 years, Lee Harvey Oswald has remained the enigmatic figure at the center of the Kennedy assassination. Was he a lone gunman? A conspirator? A patsy?


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