A neighborly ride for Lee Harvey Oswald and 50 years of anguish

Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:11am EST
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By Marice Richter

DALLAS (Reuters) - The Friday morning of November 22, 1963, started as a typical day for Buell Frazier - except that the man he was driving to work would later assassinate President John F. Kennedy.

Frazier arrived at the Texas School Book Depository in downtown Dallas and went about his job of filling orders.

His co-worker Lee Harvey Oswald, meanwhile, was planning to assassinate Kennedy when the president's motorcade passed by the building.

"I worked with him and gave him rides," Frazier told Reuters ahead of the 50th anniversary of the assassination. "We weren't friends."

Frazier lived in the suburb of Irving, near Oswald's wife and daughter, and about 15 miles from his job.

Usually Oswald, who on weekdays lived in a Dallas apartment by himself, would ride to work with Frazier on Mondays, after he visited his family over the weekend.

"I was a little surprised when he told me on that Thursday evening that he wanted a ride," Frazier said.

That morning, Oswald placed a long package wrapped in brown paper in the back seat, and the two rode mostly in silence.   Continued...

Lee Harvey Oswald, accused of assassinating former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, is pictured with Dallas police Sgt. Warren (R) and a fellow officer in Dallas, in this handout image taken on November 22, 1963. REUTERS/Dallas Police Department