JFK breakthrough: Why Oswald turned to Marx's work in major discovery

JFK's assassinator, Lee Harvey Oswald, turned to Marxism as a 12-year-old, a close friend claimed in 1968 - leading modern experts to believe the revelation explains to some degree why he might have killed the President.

PUBLISHED: 19:47, Sat, Oct 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:47, Sat, Oct 17, 2020

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Sunday marks what would have been Lee Harvey Oswald's 81st birthday. Perhaps one of the most controversial figures in US history, Oswald was arrested with the murder of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. It came as JFK's Presidential motorcade drove through Texas.

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Oswald was working as an order filler at the Texas School Book Depository, a building which the motorcade passed.

Despite the evidence against him, Oswald consistently denied the allegations, insisting he was a “patsy” and had been framed.

A twist of events saw Oswald murdered just days later as he was escorted out of Dallas Police Headquarters.

Speculation, conspiracy and confusion has revolved around Oswald and the assassination ever since, with many maintaining that the case goes deeper, with Oswald having had ties with Soviet Russia.

JFK: The President's assassinator, Oswald, became a Communist aged 12JFK: The President's assassinator, Oswald, became a Communist aged 12 (Image: GETTY)

Oswald: Oswald would have been 81 if he wasn't murdered days after his arrestOswald: Oswald would have been 81 if he wasn't murdered days after his arrest (Image: GETTY)

During the 2013 documentary, 'Killing Oswald' old tape recordings of interviews from the time of Oswald's death were played, with one purporting that Oswald had become a Communist aged 12.

The revelation came from George De Mohrenschildt - Oswald's close friend - who, speaking in 1968, explained: "I remember the first conversation I had with Oswald right from the beginning.

"Lee was remembering his young days in New Orleans.

"When he was 12 or 13 years old, he realised the injustices of the US' segregationist ways and began looking for alternative answers.

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US history: JFK pictured moments before his assassinationUS history: JFK pictured moments before his assassination (Image: GETTY)

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"'Where?' I asked him, 'In Marx, Das Capital' he replied solemnly.

"Oswald said: 'The exploitation of the poor by the rich for one thing - you can see it all across this country.

"'The strong will always win.'"

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