The curious and the skeptical mark murder anniversary at Oswald grave

Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:26pm EST
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By Jana J. Pruet

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - On a frigid, rainy Texas Sunday, a small but steady trickle of curious visitors made their way to the grave of Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on the 50th anniversary of his murder.

At the grave site Sunday morning, a simple stone marker laid flat in the ground reads "OSWALD." There was no first name, no birth date or date of death at his grave in Fort Worth, just west of Dallas.

The threadbare grass surrounding the grave - dotted with a few coins and floral bouquets - had been pressed down by those who visit. Only a few came to see the grave on the anniversary.

Coming two days after the global media blitz to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, gunned down by Oswald during a trip to Dallas on November 22, 1963, the anniversary of Oswald's killing has remained an afterthought.

Oswald was shot dead by Dallas night club owner Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963 in what was the first murder shown live on a national U.S. television broadcast. The former U.S. soldier who had defected to the Soviet Union was 24 years old.

"It completes the story essentially," said Paul Nixon, who traveled from Britain to attended the memorial for Kennedy in Dealey Plaza in Dallas on Friday and has been visiting locations related to the assassination.

Many see Oswald a confused loner who changed the fabric of world history and came to the cemetery in a quiet part of Fort Worth as part of their remembrance of Kennedy.

Other visitors see Oswald as a cog in a complex conspiracy to murder the president.   Continued...

The sixth floor window of the Texas Book Depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald was positioned when he shot President John F. Kennedy, is pictured during commemorative ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination in Dallas, Texas November 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Stone