Lee Harvey Oswald, long believed to be the assassin of John F. Kennedy, has been shrouded in mystery from the moment JFK was killed, 50 years ago today.
Oswald was a former U.S. Marine who defected to the U.S.S.R. in 1959. He lived in the Soviet Union until June 1962, at which time he returned to the U.S.
He was initially arrested for the murder of police officer J. D. Tippit, who was killed on a Dallas street approximately 45 minutes after Kennedy was shot.
Oswald would later be charged with the infamous assassination of the President of the United States, but denied involvement in either of the killings.
Two days later, while being transferred from police headquarters to the county jail, Oswald was shot and killed by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby.
In full view of television cameras broadcasting live, Oswald died and took whatever he knew about the assassination of JFK with him to his grave.