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What happened to Marina Oswald and her two children after the Kennedy assassination?

Question #138413. Asked by Judysaverda.
Last updated May 13 2021.
Originally posted Dec 02 2014 11:24 PM.

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Brief summary of Marina Oswald's post-JFK life:

- After the assassination, Marina and her daughters were assisted by donations of approximately $60,000.

- 1965, she married Kenneth Porter.

- Had a third child, Mark, with Kenneth Porter.

- She has since mastered English and became a U.S. citizen in 1989.

- She collaborated on a book about her life with Oswald, Marina and Lee (1977).

- While she initially believed Oswald was to blame, she has since revealed that she had changed her mind and thought her husband had been set up.

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For years, the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald has avoided cameras while she tries to live a quiet life in Rockwall, northeast of Dallas.

Marina and Lee Oswald had two children, Rachel and June. After her husband was killed, Marina married Kenneth Porter. She worked at an Army Navy Surplus Store in uptown. Eventually, she retired. She's now in her early 70s.
Marina's daughter, June Oswald, spoke with NBC in 1993 about her family. "For 25 years, it was a subject we didn't talk much around the house," June Oswald said. "Mom would try to keep us sheltered." In 1995, Texas Monthly interviewed Marina's other daughter, Rachel Oswald. In high school, when she was on the cheerleading squad, some people in the stands would shout: "Your daddy shot Kennedy" and "Good thing your daddy's dead and buried." But, mostly, she said, things were "pretty normal."

In 1965, Marina married Kenneth Jess Porter, with whom she has two sons. She remained in Dallas, Texas, and has appeared in numerous documentaries on the Kennedy assassination. In 1989, she became a naturalized United States citizen. She now contends that Oswald was innocent of the assassination. In the mid-1970s, Marina Oswald Porter moved to Rockwall, Texas where she lives today.

Quietly and almost completely out of the public eye, the two children of Lee Harvey Oswald have grown up to lead the most average of American lives. June, the older at 26, is a businesswoman married to a businessman, and they are expecting their first child - Oswald's first grandchild. Rachel, 25, is on the verge of receiving her degree from the University of Texas. She would like to become a nurse.

"I'm doing great," June said recently during a brief conversation outside her attractive home in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb. June says that her neighbors do not know her story. Rachel is reluctant to reveal her background to others at the restaurant where she works as a waitress while attending college - she finds that the information makes some, but not all, people "uncomfortable."

In 1982 a national tabloid newspaper ran an unauthorized cover story on Rachel and her sister claiming, OSWALD KIDS DON'T HAVE DOGS OR DATES. The word "Oswald" was stamped in red ink over photographs of the two girls. According to the story, Rachel was a miserable, lonely child-her dogs had been poisoned, she had never been asked out on a date, she had no friends, her family couldn't even afford to buy albums for her record player. In truth, Rachel was a healthy, active teenager.

She studied gymnastics and ballet, made good grades, was a varsity cheerleader, and was even voted most popular... What it boils down to is that every time I meet someone-every person at a party, every customer I wait on, every classmate, every teacher, every would-be friend-I ask myself: Do they know who I am? Are they looking at me that way because of me or because I'm the daughter of Lee Harvey Oswald?"


Response last updated by Terry on May 13 2021.
Dec 03 2014, 2:58 AM
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