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The Mother of All Conspiracy Theories

November 16th, 2022

Fifty years ago in Dallas, Texas, late in the afternoon of Friday, November 22, 1963, Mrs. Marguerite Oswald of Fort Worth was hauled into the Dallas police station, along with Marina Oswald, Lee Harvey Oswald’s Russian-speaking wife, and Ruth Paine, the woman with whom Marina and her two children resided in Irving, some ten miles west. Mrs. Oswald’s son had been arrested for two capital crimes that day. A lesser known victim, Officer J.D. Tippit, shot by handgun shortly after 1:10 p.m. would not create as many ripples throughout history as the name of his first victim at 12:30. Of course, we’re talking about President John F. Kennedy. The police wanted to know the facts about a certain Mannlicher-Carcano 6.5mm rifle with a four-power scope, which the FBI were determining had been bought through the mail by Alex J. Hidell. Oswald had been arrested with membership cards signed by A.J. Hidell. He also rented a post office box using this identity and had received delivery of the rifle and a.38 revolver back in April, 1963.

Mrs. Oswald wasn’t a universally liked person. In fact, her son Lee hadn’t even informed her of the birth of his second child at the end of October. He wasn’t on great terms with anybody, but his mother was not close to any of her three sons. There is much written about their poor relationship starting from his infancy until the time he left the very ruffled nest at seventeen to join the Marines. A lot is made of the fact that he slept in his mother’s bed until he was eleven years old. More grist for the psychologist’s mill are the incidents where, as an infant, he was forced to stay locked in his bedroom without toys as a form of discipline. But during questioning by Dallas police about the century’s greatest crime committed by a single individual, Marguerite Oswald came to his defense.